1. OBLIGATIONS OF THE CLIENT

    The client undertakes and/or agrees to the following, namely that:

    1. it requested BEE Ratings-SA to perform a Black Economic Empowerment verification audit to certify the status of the client organization.
    2. this agreement cancels and supersedes all prior negotiations and agreements entered into between the Parties relating to the matters set forth herein.
    3. the following fees which includes Vat will be paid into the following bank account in full before the BEE verification audit will be undertaken:
      Fees: (According to fees matrix or quotation) Banking details
      Account name: BEE Direct Consulting CC t/a BEE Ratings -SA.
      Bank: First National Bank
      Account nr: 6218 4295 717
      Branch: Saveways Branch code: 270450
    4. proof of payment will be submitted to BEE Ratings-SA via fax: 0866 496 874 or electronically to bee@info.co.za
    5. the client shall not publish the BEE Ratings-SA Logo in any instance other than to reflect the Measured EnterpriseƩnal BEE Status.
    6. the client shall promptly provide the Verification Agency with access to all relevant information and interviews with of the client organisation which the Verification Agency may request at any stage during its conduct of the verification. (BEE points will only be awarded on the of appropriate and relevant evidence.)
    7. the client hereby warrants that any and all information supplied to the Verification Agency in terms of this Agreement, whether by the or by any person who represents the client enterprise or by any person whom the Verification Agency may reasonably believe to represent the client enterprise, is factually accurate and that the Verification Agency may rely on same for the purposes of the Verification audit in terms of this Agreement.
    8. with reference to the use of the BEE Ratings-SA logo and certificate the client undertakes;
      1. to conform to the of BEE Ratings-SA when making reference to its verification status in communication media such as the internet, documents, brochures or advertising;
      2. not to make or permit any misleading statement regarding its BEE score;
      3. not to use or permit the use of a BEE certificate or any part thereof in a misleading manner;
      4. not to use its verification status in such a manner that would bring BEE Ratings-SA into disrepute and lose public trust.
      5. to reproduces any verification report only in full
  2. OBLIGATIONS OF THE VERIFICATION AGENCY

    The Verification Agency undertakes and/or agrees to the following namely that:

    1. Subject to payment referred above, the Verification Agency shall conduct a BEE Verification of the client organisation within a time period mutually agreed to between the Parties in writing, which time period shall afford the Verification Agency sufficient time within which to conduct such evaluation, and which time period shall afford the client sufficient time to prepare the evidence for such a BEE verification audit.
    2. Upon completion of the BEE verification audit the Verification Agency shall issue the client with a BEE report and BEE verification certificate according to the prescriptions of SANAS and The Department of Trade and Industry within 10 days after the completion of the audit.
    3. The Verification Agency shall, in its provision of the BEE Verification, comply with any policy documents and/or Codes of Good Practice which may be issued by the Department of Trade and Industry from time to time.
  3. TERMINATION

    Either Party shall be entitled to terminate this Agreement upon the granting of reasonable written notice to the other Party. Termination shall be without prejudice to all rights which may have accrued to either Party prior to the termination thereof. The Verification Agency shall be entitled to issue an invoice in an amount adequate to cover all unbilled fees pertaining to Evaluation work already conducted, whether in part or in full (including any disbursements incurred).

  4. RESERVATION OF OWNERSHIP

    1. The Verification Agency shall remain owner at all times of all copyright, design, trade mark and any other intellectual property rights, whether registered, pending registration or unregistered, which may attach to the Logo or anything else produced by the Verification Agency (such as the BEE report and BEE certificate) during the provision of the Evaluation(s).
    2. The Verification Agency shall at all times remain owner of all working papers used in the provision of the Evaluation(s).
  5. CONFIDENTIALITY

    1. During the provision of the verification audit by the Verification Agency to the client, the Verification Agency may acquire knowledge, related to the verification audit, of certain information, documents, material, knowledge, know-how, trade secrets and proprietary interests concerning the Measured Enterprise, including but not limited to its business and strategic plans, adherence to BEE, financial information, technology, computer systems, licensing arrangements and other technical information concerning its customers, financiers and suppliers, its methods of carrying on business and other confidential information which is not in the public domain and not readily available to a competitor of the client (hereinafter collectively referred as 襍 confidential information?.
    2. The Verification Agency undertakes to and in favour of the client that:
      1. it shall maintain and uphold the confidentiality and good faith in relation to the confidential information;
      2. it shall not divulge, publish or disclose to any person, firm, company, corporation, trust or other entity whatsoever (該d party? any of the confidential information;
      3. it shall not at any time use any of the confidential information or any part or extract thereof for its own benefit or for the benefit of any third party; and
      4. it shall, upon the request of the client at any reasonable time and as soon as practicably possible, return and surrender to the client all of the confidential information in its possession or under its control and all documents and other material containing confidential information together with all copies thereof.
    3. The undertakings given by the Verification Agency herein shall not preclude it from disclosing the confidential information:
      1. to the extent that it may be obliged to do so in law, including, without limitation, any disclosure to the Department of Trade and Industry;
      2. in so far as such disclosure is necessary for the purpose of the provision of the verification audit, to its officers, employees and professional advisers.
    4. The undertakings given by the Verification Agency shall not apply to any part of the confidential information which is public knowledge at the time of its disclosure.
  6. EXCLUSION AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

    1. The Measured Enterprise hereby indemnifies and holds harmless the Verification Agency against all and any liability (whether in contract, delict or otherwise) which may arise as a result of:
      1. any loss or damage suffered by the client pertaining to the decision referred to in clause above or any of the Evaluation(s) provided by the Verification Agency in terms of this Agreement;
      2. the factual inaccuracy of any information supplied by the client or by any person who represents the Measured Enterprise or by any person whom the Verification Agency may reasonably believe to represent the Measured Enterprise;
      3. any act performed by the Verification Agency or any representative thereof which is in accordance with the BEE Codes of Good Practice and which act may diverge from the provisions of this Agreement;
      4. any breach of this Agreement by the client including, without limitation, the provision of inaccurate factual information by the client to the Verification Agency;
    2. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, the liability of the Verification Agency (or any director or employee thereof as the case may be) in respect of any claim (whether in contract, delict or otherwise) arising out of this Agreement or in connection with the Evaluation(s) provided to the Measured Enterprise in terms of this Agreement, shall be limited to the fees payable in accordance with the Tariffs, and shall not include any liability for any indirect of consequential loss or damages (including loss of profits) incurred by the Measured Enterprise or any other person.
  7. SUB-CONTRACTORS

    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, the Verification Agency shall be entitled to appoint sub-contractors from time to time and to the extent necessary to assist it in the provision of the verification audit. The appointment of such sub-contractors shall be in the sole discretion of the Verification Agency.

  8. SOLICITATION OF EMPLOYEES

    The client undertakes to and in favour of the Verification Agency that it shall not solicit for employment, either for itself or for any third party, any employee(s) of the Verification Agency who is/are in the employment of the Verification Agency as at the date of execution of this Agreement and at any time during the provision of the verification audit.

  9. FORCE MAJEURE

    If any Party is prevented or restricted directly or indirectly from performing all or any of its obligations under this agreement by reason of strike, lock-out, fire, explosion, floods, riot, war, accident, act of God, embargo, legislation, shortage of or a breakdown in transportation facilities, civil commotion, unrest or disturbances, cessation of labour, government interference or control, or any other cause or contingency beyond the control of that Party, the Party so affected shall be relieved of its obligations hereunder during the period that such event and its consequences continue but only to the extent so prevented and shall not be liable for any delay or failure in the performance of any obligations hereunder or loss or damages which the other Party may suffer due to or resulting from such delay or failure.

  10. PROHIBITION OF ASSIGNMENT

    The client shall not cede, delegate or assign any or all of its rights or obligations in terms of this Agreement without obtaining the prior written consent of the Verification Agency.

  11. BREACH

    If either of the Parties commits a breach of this agreement (襠defaulting party?, and/or fails to comply with any of the provisions hereof, then the other Party against whom the breach is committed (襠innocent party? shall be entitled to give the defaulting party 14 (fourteen) days notice in writing to remedy such breach and/or failure and if the defaulting party fails to comply with such notice, then the innocent party shall forthwith be entitled, but not obliged, without prejudice to any other rights or remedies which the innocent party may have in law, including the right to claim damages:

    1. to cancel this agreement; or
    2. to claim immediate performance and/or payment of all the obligations of the defaulting party in terms hereof.
  12. DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    1. Should any dispute, disagreement or claim arise between the Parties (襠dispute? concerning this Agreement, the Parties shall endeavour to resolve the dispute by negotiation.
    2. This entails one of the Parties inviting the other in writing to meet and to attempt to resolve the dispute within 7 (seven) days from date of written invitation.
    3. If the dispute has not been resolved by such negotiation within 7 (seven) days of the commencement thereof, then the Parties shall:
      1. submit the dispute to mediation to be administered by the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa, upon such terms as agreed between the Parties and the secretariat of the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa; and
      2. failing agreement as aforesaid within 7 (seven) days of the dispute being submitted to mediation, the Parties shall refer the dispute to arbitration as provided in clause 13 below.
    4. The decision of the mediator shall become final and binding within 7 (seven) days of delivery thereof to the Parties, unless one or either of the Parties disputes the mediatorथcision by written notice to the other Party within the aforesaid 7 (seven) day period, in which event the dispute shall be referred to arbitration in accordance with the provisions of clause 13 below.
    5. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by all the Parties, any such negotiation, mediation or arbitration shall be held in the area where the BEE Verification Agency office rendering the service, resides.
  13. GOVERNING LAW AND CONSENT TO JURISDICTION

    This Agreement shall be governed in accordance with the laws of the Republic of South Africa. The Parties consent to the jurisdiction of the Magistrates Court, notwithstanding that the claim by either Party may exceed the normal monetary jurisdiction of the Magistrates Court. Notwithstanding the afore going consent, either Party may institute proceedings in any other court of competent jurisdiction at its own discretion.

  14. GENERAL

    1. No extension of time or indulgence granted by either Party to the other shall be deemed in any way to affect, prejudice or derogate from the rights of such Party in any respect under this Agreement, nor shall it in any way be regarded as a waiver of any rights hereunder, or a novation of this Agreement.
    2. No alteration, cancellation, variation of, or addition hereto shall be of any force or effect unless reduced to writing and signed by both the Parties or their duly authorised representatives.
    3. This document contains the entire agreement between the Parties and neither Party shall be bound by any undertakings, representations, warranties, promises or the like not recorded herein.
    4. All the provisions of this Agreement shall be severable and no provision shall be affected by the invalidity of any other provisions of this Agreement.
    5. Nothing in this Agreement shall constitute a partnership, joint venture or agency agreement between the Parties in any shape or form; or entitle or authorise either Party to incur liability on behalf of the other.
    6. In the implementation of this Agreement, the Parties undertake to observe good faith and they warrant in their dealings with each other that they shall neither do nor refrain from doing anything which might prejudice the rights, assets or interests of the other of them.
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