SAEFA Engages at Business Unity South Africa

South African Engineers’ and Founders’ Association

19 July 2018

As you know, SAEFA joined Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) as of the beginning of this month.  I attended my first BUSA meeting earlier this week, participating in the SME Working Group that has been established specifically to identify and drive key actions for BUSA to contribute to enterprise development for SMEs, start-ups and formalising businesses in South Africa.  In the meeting SAEFA made the point that the task team and the broader work that BUSA performs should not only focus on making it easier to start businesses, but also work at making it substantially easier for existing small to medium sized businesses to stay in business.
 
To this end, one of the objectives of the action plan that has been drawn up is to reduce the regulatory burden for SMEs in South Africa.  SAEFAs intention here is to drive the point home, at national level, about the prohibitive cost of labour in the metal industry and the disastrous effects of the extension of agreements that have been reached to the exclusion of our members will have on our industry.
 
You will have read in the past few weeks and months that we have been calling for input from you as to what the effects of the extension of the Settlement Agreement that has been reached in our industry would have on your business.  I would like to thank those of you who have already submitted comments and would like to encourage those who haven’t yet done so, to please send me input as to the state of your business currently and what effect the extension of the employer unfriendly Settlement Agreement would have on your business.  Not only will these comments be used to bolster our input in BUSA engagements, but will also be vital in our fight against the extension of the Settlement Agreement.  Comments may be submitted anonymously if preferred, and can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Any member wishing to know more about our involvement at BUSA is welcome to contact Gordon to discuss.