Cisco today announced a wide-ranging Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) strategy and structure for its South African operations. Components of our BEE strategy include: – Our support for the goal of economic transformation in South Africa; in particular, the meaningful participation of Black South Africans in the economic success of the country, including our operations. – Our efforts to ensure that our long-term corporate and social make-up in South Africa are consistent with the broader demographics of South African society. – Our mission to grow the Information Communications and Technology (ICT) sector in South Africa, via skills transfer and other important initiatives.For more information on this, please view our New@Cisco site, where you’ll see a feature story (Building A Better Tomorrow in South Africa) and a podcast on economic development by Mark De Simone, Cisco vice president for Middle East and Africa. You can also get a great overview on this effort from our press release.