Caird is managed by Paul Janisch who has been in the B-BBEE environment since 2004. Since the outset Caird has focused its efforts on broad-based BEE as opposed to ownership. Considering that 2007 is regarded as the zenith of BEE deals and that it is likely that next year's government will be placing a greater emphasis on skills development and enterprise development, Caird seems to have been on the money from the start.

Reducing empowerment to a workable solution
Caird has opted to view the gazetted B-BBEE codes of good practice as a business-friendly document. As such we reduce the codes to a series of guidelines that will fit into each business environment.

We were onced asked by a prominent multinational as to how they could dramatically improve their BEE score within a short space of time. Our response that it was possible to achieve 100% on the generic scorecard within a year but that the business would close down within three months after that.

Once we have pointed out the business benefits we will work with that client to develop a long-term, business friendly BEE strategy.

Educating the work force
When the subject of BEE is raised, most people will think in terms of the ownership of a business. The alarming thing about this is that these people might be working in your organisation and might be sending out the wrong message to the marketplace claiming that you are not empowered at all. No business would do anything to place itself at risk; an uninformed interpetation of BEE can do just this.

When we assist companies in calculating their preferential procurement score we are often told that a certain company is empowered because it is owned by black people. Whilst this fact does generate some points on the generic BEE scorecard, we still need a BEE score from these companies to complete the preferential procurement scorecard.

Public speaking
Paul Janisch has spoken at many BEE and related conferences over the last four years. In addition he wrote and hosted one of the first BEE seminars that concentrated on broad-based BEE and its implementation in 2005. Paul also hosted the BEE segment of the Nedbank Small Business Seminars in 2006, he spoke to in excess of 2000 people around the country. [Please note that our telephone numbers are different to those in this presentation, we can be reached at (011) 666-0911/0928].

29 April 2008

The James Caird was one of the three lifeboats—along with the Dudley Docker and the Stancomb Wills, all three of which were named for expedition benefactors—that carried Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 27 men from the ice floes of the Antarctic to Elephant Island, after their ship, the Endurance, was lost to the ice.

When they arrived at Elephant Island, ship's carpenter Chippy McNeish transformed the James Caird into a sailboat. He reinforced the hull, built a deck, added a rudder and mounted two masts (a mainmast and a mizzenmast).

The tiny 22-foot rebuilt James Caird sailboat carried Shackleton and five men (McNeish, Tom Crean, Tim McCarthy, Frank Worsley and John Vincent) more than 800 miles across the world's stormiest seas—and through a hurricane—to South Georgia Island.

This 17-day journey has been called one of the greatest open-boat journeys of all time.


We draw our inspiration from this feat and have set our sights firmly on assisting all South African businesses, NGOs and other types of entities in navigating the somewhat tricky seas of contemporary business in South Africa, with a particular emphasis on Black Economic Empowerment (BEE).

The James Caird was brought back from the Antarctic to England in 1919. In 1922 she was presented to Dulwich by John Quiller Rowett, a school friend of Shackleton and sponsor of his last expedition aboard the Quest, who, like the explorer, was an old boy of the College.

Shackleton's boat was named after Sir James Key Caird (1837-1916), a wealthy Scottish jute manufacturer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, whose generous gift helped finance Shackleton's Endurance expedition of 1914-16.

Sir James made a substantial fortune by introducing new technology into his jute mills in Ashton and Craigie, near Dundee. Caird held an honorary degree from the University of St. Andrews.

His other gifts included the Caird Hall, which now stands on Dundee's City Square. Caird Park is named after him. His donations totalled £270,000 - equivalent to £20 million. He was created Baronet in 1913.

He died at Belmont Castle, Dundee.


Information and photos pertaining to the Shackelton Expedition, James Caird and Sir James Caird was supplied by the following sources:

  1. The James Caird Society
  2. Geography Pages
  3. Wikipedia

We thank them and recommend you to check them out.

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