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South African Engineers’ and Founders’ Association

29 June 2018

We are proud to announce that the SA Engineers and Founders Association have joined Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), with effect from 1 July 2018.  In joining BUSA, SA Engineers and Founders will increase our members influence in all of the areas above.  This will enable us to give direct input into economic and trade policy issues, proposed legislation and regulations and is a significant addition to our service offering to members.

BUSA is a confederation of business organisations which represents South African business, at national and international levels on macro-economic and high-level issues. BUSA’s function is to ensure that business plays a constructive role in the country’s economic growth, policy development and transformation, and to create an environment in which businesses of all sizes and in all sectors can thrive, expand and be competitive. 

 

25 June 2018

At our meeting held on 18 June 2018 a presentation was made by Stratfin Solutions on their Edu Tax Back program.

If you were unable to attend and are interested in finding out more please click on the link below to view their video presentation:

https://youtu.be/8Ne0yop0UYU

If you have any questions please contact Ilan: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A presentation was also made by Mr. Ross Hunter from RGR Technologies on the Future Technologies Platform Initiative, please see below for more information:

Future Technology Platform Initiative Presentation

18 May 2018

Members may have seen an email doing the rounds sent out by SEIFSA regarding the gazettal and extension of their settlement agreement with the unions.  Unfortunately, SEIFSA is being economical with the truth. 

What they don’t tell you here is that in terms of section 32(1), the employer associations who have a seat on the MEIBC and vote for the agreement to be given to the Minister for extension, have to represent the majority of employees of all the employer associations on the MEIBC. 

19 June 2018
 
At the SA Engineers and Founders Association meeting held on 17 April 2018, the members agreed that the Association make a recommendation to the members that an increase of 4.5% across the board be made. 
A notice to this effect was sent out on 9 May 2018. 
However, in light of the increase in headline CPI to the current 4.5%, at the members meeting that took place yesterday, 18 June 2018, it was agreed to revise the recommendation by 1% to 5.5%, effective from 1 July 2018.
 
Please find an updated letter below for your attention.

15 May 2018

Following the last meeting of the SA Engineers and Founders Association of 17 April 2018, please find below a recommendation on this year’s wage increases for scheduled staff for your attention.

Wage Increase Recommendation - 1 July 2018

 

28 May 2018

Please read this carefully as it deals with issues of great importance and relevance to your business. We need your input.

Objections to the Extension of the SEIFSA/Trade Union Agreement onto Non-Parties

As we previously advised, SEIFSA and the trade unions have joined forces in an attempt to extend their 2017 settlement agreement on the majority of employers in the industry.  At a recent meeting of the Management Committee (MANCO) of the MEIBC, the Plastic Convertors’ Association of South Africa (PCASA), which had previously indicated their strong opposition to an extension, completely changed their position and voted with SEIFSA to extend the agreement to the rest of the Industry.  While the final numbers are still being verified, this does increase the chances of the agreement being extended.  It is necessary for you to understand the implications for your business, should this occur.

4 May 2018

Further to our communication to you of 12 March 2018, please see the media statement released by the Department of Trade and Industry on the Section 232 duties implemented by the United States on steel and aluminium products:
 
http://www.dti.gov.za/editmedia.jsp?id=4423
 
Members are advised to take particular note of the advice issued by the DTI:
 
“In the meantime, Department of Trade and Industry encourages the domestic exporters to engage their US buyers to consider applying for product exemption under a process conducted by the US Commerce Department for products.”