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South African Engineers’ and Founders’ Association

30 July 2020

At a CCMA-facilitated wage negotiation meeting held today, Thursday, 30 July 2020, SAEFA motivated its proposals to the parties to the MEIBC.  These were rejected by the trade unions and, shockingly, they advised SAEFA members to rather consider locking out their employees in order to achieve resolution.

The proposals were tabled by SAEFA in May this year to bring about sustainable terms and conditions of employment for employees in the industry:

  1. The ability to implement wage increases on minimum rates of pay and not actual rates of pay, to allow companies to average down the cost-of-labour components of their businesses over time
  2. To provide for a three-year agreement
  3. The revision of the current MEIBC Exemptions Policy, to allow for a more effective and expeditious exemption process
  4. To provide absolute protection against any negotiations over substantive issues from taking place at company level
  5. To ensure that shifts for the purposes of calculating Leave Enhancement Pay (“Leave Bonus”) are only awarded to employees who actually report for work
  6. To allow companies to, by agreement with their staff, work up to 45 hours a week at normal rates of pay
  7. That annual leave be limited to 3 weeks for all new entrants  
  8. The introduction of the following new entrant wage structure of R30.00 / hr at the lowest Grade, in order to:
  • Slow down or stop the rate of decline in the number of job losses in the metal and engineering industry
  • Create employment opportunities, particularly for young people

13 July 2020

Below please find the amended Level 3 Regulations:

Level 3 Regulations - 12 July 2020

Please note the following in particular:

Regulation 5(3)(a) and (b):
"(3) (a) An employer must provide every employee with a cloth facemask, home-made item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth, when in the workplace.
(b) An employer may not allow any employee to perform any duties or enter the employment premises if the employee is not wearing a cloth face mask, home made item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth while performing his or her duties.

to be read with Regulation 14(7):
(7) An employer who fails to take reasonable steps to ensure compliance with regulation 5(3)(a) or (b) commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment.

23 July 2020

Through Regulations gazetted on 19 June 2020, the Carbon Tax Act, published in 2019, is starting to take effect.  This legislation may impact upon your business and so SAEFA, in conjunction with subject matter experts and consulting engineers, Yellow Tree, will be hosting a complimentary webinar for members on Thursday, 30 July 2020 at 14h00.  The webinar will cover:

  1. What is Carbon Tax?
  2. Who is eligible for Carbon Tax?
  3. How much Carbon Tax can you expect to pay?
  4. How can I reduce my Carbon Tax liability?

Should you wish to participate, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the words “Carbon Tax Webinar” in the subject line and we will send you a link to the workshop.

8 July 2020

Please see below the Executive Directors report to members following yesterday’s MEIBC Management Committee meeting:

 Report

22 July 2020

For your information please see link below regarding the extension of COVID-19 TERS relief payments until 15 August 2020:

http://www.labour.gov.za/employment-and-labour-ministry-announced-extension-of-covid19-relief-payments-until-august-15-in-budge-vote

1 July 2020

Please see update below with further commentary on this year's Main Agreement negotiations:

Main Agreement Negotiations Update 1 July 2020

Please share the document with any contacts in the industry that you feel may be interested or benefit.

16 July 2020

With Covid-19 infection rates on the rise, we are receiving more and more queries relating to sick leave management.  We have scheduled a webinar for next week Thursday, 23 July 2020 at 12h00 to deal with the management of all aspects of leave, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Please below for more information and to book, please complete the last page of the attachment below and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SAEFA Covid-19 Leave Management Workshop Brochure

24 June 2020

As we have previously reported, the SA Engineers and Founders Association tabled proposals in the 2020 Main Agreement negotiations on 26 May 2020: proposals. On Friday, 19 June 2020, the MEIBC sent out an email to members of the MEIBC Management Committee (Manco) announcing that the proposals will be placed on the agenda for discussion at the Manco meeting to be held on 6 July 2020.  To date, SAEFA is the only employer’s organisation or trade union that has tabled any proposals in respect of this year’s negotiations.  Clearly, we are the only employer’s organisation that recognises that now is the time to change the trajectory of the industry or risk job losses at an unprecedented rate.  It is hoped that the Manco meeting scheduled for 6 July 2020 will signal the beginning of negotiations that will lead to a collective agreement that is conducive to business growth and industry prosperity in the long term. 

We strongly advise all metal industry companies to seriously consider joining us, as we are the only organisation that has tabled a plan which has been proven to address the needs of employers in the industry.  For more information on the New Entrant Wage Structure, please view https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGjvhDz0Li4