BUSA is a non-profit company, representing organised business in South Africa. BUSA consists of 36
organisational members representing the following membership categories: unisectoral organisations,
corporate representative organisations, chambers of commerce and industry and professional
organisations. There is a closed group of 23 corporate members that constitutes a Board of Trustees.
BUSA was formed in 2003 as the apex body representing organised business in South Africa. The vision was
to unite organised business and build upon the instrumental role played by certain business in the
peaceful transition to democracy. At the time, it joined together the former Business South Africa, that
was representative of established business organisations and organisations representing black business
interests. In 2013, however, the BMF and a number of professional organisations exited BUSA and joined
together to form the Black Business Council (BBC). BUSA is the formally recognised representative of
business at the National Economic Development and Labour Advisory Council (NEDLAC). BUSA members
represent business on a variety of statutory bodies and advisory councils. Together with the BBC, BUSA
represents business on the Presidential Business Working Group. BUSA and many of its members are
represented on the CEO Initiative Steering Committee. BUSA is affiliated with the SADC Private Sector
Forum, the BRICS Council, Business Africa, and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) as well
as playing a role in the B20. BUSA does and has the opportunity to cement its role as the leading apex
body in South Africa speaking for and behalf of business. There is some confusion as to which body
represents all of business. The need to address this extends to explicit co-operation with members of
BUSA such as SACCI and BLSA, as well as addressing some of the confusion externally as to the role of
the CEO initiative and the BBC.
Careful consideration must to be given as to how to leverage BUSA as the representative voice of business in South Africa and internationally. The strategy considers how to focus and resource BUSA to play this significant role. BUSA is primarily funded by membership fees. It further receives research funding and technical advice from a number of sources. The key sources being: International Labour Organisation; Employment Promotion Project; Business Leadership South Africa; and Constituency Capacity Funding for Nedlac and the National Skills Fund.
The unified voice of business which serves to keep business interests at the heart of economic and
BUSA aims to ensure that organised business plays a constructive role in ensuring an economic and
socio-economic environment conducive to inclusive economic growth, development and economic
transformation. Such an environment is critical for businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to
thrive, expand and be competitive both domestically and internationally.