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General Thoughts: BBBEE and Ubusha culture

I believe in South Africa and the future of this country. BEE is therefore not for me about fixing the wrongs of the past but rather enabling the future. For this reason one of the strongest internal BEE focuses are skills development and knowledge transfer.

We are very happy with the progress we have made so far on all levels in the company: 26% Black Owned 33% Black Managed 50% PDI Staff complement

We have also placed various skills development programs in place of which one of the most noticeably a leaner ship program with Novell to develop Linux and OSS skill in the PDI community.


We are very passionate about the Linux and OSS space and on the other hand are striving to play a more meaningful role in the Government sector. Novell is the perfect partner to assist us in combining this.

Novell is playing a leading role in addressing typical hurdles in the way of mainstream adoption of Linux and are very active in the Government sector. Novell is also investing strongly in Ubusha to establish a Services Management framework for Linux in South Africa. This addresses 3 area’s: Linux Strategy and Architecture (Phased Roadmap) Linux Service Development (Design and Build) Linux Service Operations (Operate and Maintain)

Ubusha Technologies:

Ubusha means “The beginning of something new” and our short mission statement supports that: Empowering YOU to innovate.

I define ICT innovations as attacking the current ICT people, process and technology boundaries and come up with better ways for ICT to play a role in the business value chain, all within an acceptable risk framework.

Ubusha is one of the few companies I know that share the revenue of every successful project with involved consultants as well as allow staff to register internal Intellection Property and receive remuneration every time it gets used. This breeds a true culture of innovation.

We measure the quality of our engagements not primarily on revenue, but rather on 1) “distance traveled along the customer roadmap” and 2) “momentum gained”. This process involve building a phased road map for the customer that supports business value propositions, enable them to execute on the roadmap and finally put frameworks in place to ensure that this engagement will continue to support the business value proposition.

Marius Agenbag (Managing Director)                

21 February 2005