BIGSA was initially formed as a lobby group as far back as 2018, a group which consisted of well-informed and industry- experienced individuals, whose purpose was to offer the Government of South Africa, consultative advise on how to best resolve socio-economic issues, which were already showing signs of decay.
BIGSA’s objective was to see the growth in the economy of South Africa, which would mean an end to soaring unemployment, rising basic services and unaffordable goods and services. Though tiresome consultative measures that directed the organisation from pillar to post without any sign of fruition, the interest of the South African citizen was conveniently being disregarded. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit our shores, the situation became worse, further straining the economy and infrastructure of South Africa.
In 2022, BIGSA was formerly registered as a Political party, registered with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
THE SOUTH AFRICAN LANDSCAPE
30 YEARS AFTER THE FIRST DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS, SOUTH AFRICA HAS BECOME A TICKING TIMEBOMB?
- Over 20 million Adult South Africans are unemployed.
- 4 million South African Breadwinners lost their formal jobs since 2017.
- The Coronavirus-2019 pandemic contributed immensely to the Unemployment crisis.
- The South African economy shrunk by approximately 16% in 2020.
- 66,5% of the South African youth and unemployed and losing hope daily.
- 15 Million South African citizens live below the United Nations Breadline level.
- Close to 19 Million South Africans live on Government Grants.
- Only 7,5 Million citizens pay Personal Income Tax and this is diminishing.
- A majority of the 60 Million South African Citizens have lost Hope.
- Close to 1,2 Million babies are born each year.
A substantial number of Teenage girls are falling pregnant in order to access the Child Grant.
UNIVERSAL BASIC PAY (UBP)
THE BURNING DEBATE
BIGSA aims to diminish this sad reality with the introduction of the Universal Basic Pay (UBP). Funded by all South Africans through the purchase of goods and services from businesses, the UBP will ensure that all South Africans meaningfully participate in the economy of the country, eradicating hunger and poverty. It is fast becoming a reality that a majority of South Africans can no longer afford the basic staple foods that are necessary in their households.
Municipal rates have grown exponentially, leaving households with unplanned debt and yet, no sight of basic service delivery. The introduction of the Universal Basic Pay amongst all South African citizens, will ensure that some of these burdens are lifted off their shoulders.
HENDRICK PETER KEKANA (KK)
Hendrick Peter Kekana, fondly referred to as ‘President KK’ is an esteemed businessman, who currently holds the position of CEO for Venus Security International (Pty) Ltd. He is the founder President of G20 Security Owners Club and the Founder Director of Equa Insurance underwriters. He also holds Chairmanship of Venus Mining Dimensions and Chairman of Silverdale projects– Infrastructure Development.
His past portfolio includes being Chairman of Private Industry Provident Fund, Deputy President of Tapsosa (The Association of Private Security Owners of South Africa), Founder Director of Genric Insurance Underwriters, Managing Director of Coin Security – Cash In Transit and General Manager for Chubb BBR Security. He was also the Founding Director of the National Home Builder’s Registration Council NHBRC, the South African Residential Developer’s Association (SARDA), CEO of Egoli Housing Corporation, General Manager of Group Five Properties, AC Nielsen International (USA), Subsidiary Director at Rebserve and Mvelaphanda.
President KK has over the decades commited to improving the lives of the others and advocating for employment opportunities through various business avenues. It is with this same mentality and motivation that BIGSA was founded.
HP Kekana’s academic qualifications are as follows: