South African Engineers’ and Founders’ Association

Bonus update, a  strategic report was released  late last week by the Centre for Risk Analysis at the IRR on how the leadership race in the ANC is likely to conclude and what the long-term implications for South Africa and the economy will be. This makes this breakfast even more relevant to attend.

See below to register and note that we will cater for special dietary requirements.

Clem Sunter wrote in the foreword to Frans Cronje's book, S.A. in 2030, "Nobody can predict precisely the way the future is going to play out in the long term.  That is why it is much better to be vaguely right than precisely wrong.  Scenario planning is a methodology that accepts this principle by identifying the forces or trends that are shaping the future."

27 September 2017

Please see below an invitation from Business Unity South Africa to attend a workshop on how to access skills funding incentives.  This workshop will be held in Durban, but others will be held in the other major centres in due course.  We will inform you as they are advertised.

Please click on the following link to view the invitation: BUSA Workshop Invitation

Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) is hosting a workshop for employers or an appropriate representative that will focus on how you can access skills funding incentives so as to maximize your human resource development opportunities. The workshop will look at the Learnership Tax Incentive (12 H), the Employer Tax Incentive (ETI), Discretionary Grants and finally – how to claim points on the BBBEE scorecard.

10 October 2017

We are pleased to announce that members of the SA Engineers and Founders Association have been offered a 15% discount on the 2017 Annual Labour Law Update Seminar, presented by Global Business Solutions.

Members wanting to attend this world-class seminar are requested to indicate that they are SAEFA members on the box “How did you find out about this Seminar”, to qualify for this discount.

About the course:

Global Business Solutions’ Annual Labour Law Update Seminar is a day-long session during which our CEO - renowned labour law specialist, speaker and lecturer Jonathan Goldberg - unpacks the latest labour law cases. Most importantly, he will tell you what these mean for your business so that you are one step ahead by amending company policies and/or procedures in line with recent case law rulings.

18 September 2017

There is a huge amount of misinformation doing the rounds in the industry at present.  It is essential that employees fully understand the implications of the introduction of a new entrant wage structure.  We have prepared a circular which helps explain the concept to employees.  Please place the circular up on your company notice boards and explain its contents to your scheduled employees.

We thank you for your continued support.

Please click on the following link to view the circular: Notice to member company employees

9 October 2017

At a Management Committee (Manco) meeting on Friday last week, the SA Engineers and Founders Association upheld its long-standing mandate of not contributing increased funding to the MEIBC without first seeing meaningful change toward a more transparent, impartial and efficient Council.  It is now ILLEGAL for SA Engineers and Founders’ members to deduct or pay over Admin Levies.  Of course, this means that there are no longer any matching contributions to be made by the employer, either.

A new Administration and Registration Expenses Collective Agreement was adopted by all of the Associations affiliated to SEIFSA, as well as the trade unions, highlighting their complete lack of commitment to meaningful change.  All employer associations not affiliated to SEIFSA did not sign the agreement.  This action effectively released SA Engineers and Founders’ members from any obligation to contribute.  It is this Association’s opinion that any increased funding at this point would be similar to bailing out SAA or the SABC, without any credible strategy to return them to viability and profitability. 

14 September 2017

On 7 September 2017, we requested members to comment on a proposed recommendation that the SA Engineers and Founders Executive Committee and Negotiating Team were looking to make.  This follows calls from our members for guidance from the Association in terms of implementing an interim increase, until such time as we are able to settle, in full, with the industry trade unions.

I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the members that did submit their views, comments and suggestions.  I believe that I have spoken either telephonically or via email to all of you.  Once again, we would like to remind employers that the SA Engineers and Founders Association and its members are not parties or signatories to any settlement agreement.

We recommend an interim increase of what you believe is fair for your scheduled staff, which is not legally obligatory, of up to a maximum of 7% on actuals for the next year, while we are still negotiating.  This increase must be set-off against any subsequent, legally binding settlement agreement.  There is no obligation to backdate any wage increases given.  A template memo is available on request.

Designated Employers are required to submit employment equity reports annually to the Department of Labour, illustrating their company’s employment profile, employee demographics and income differentials. The reporting period begins 1 October of each year, and companies have until 15 January to complete their submission.

If you are unsure if you are a designated employer, ask yourself these 2 questions:

  1. Do you employ more than 50 employees?
  2. Is your annual turnover more than the industry threshold as depicted in the table?

7 September 2017

Following our update sent out to members dated 5 September 2017, a meeting of the SA Engineers and Founders Negotiating Team and Executive Committee was held this morning.  It was agreed and decided that a recommendation be made to our members regarding the current state of play in the industry. 

Members are to please note the following:

This recommendation has been proposed and seconded by the meeting.  Any member who opposes this recommendation should contact Gordon by close of business, Monday, 11 September 2017.  Any member who has not responded by this time and date will be deemed to be in support.

The SA Engineers and Founders Association and its members are not parties or signatories to any settlement agreement. We are very well aware that the current settlement agreement being touted as an “industry agreement” is only as appealing (on the face of it) as it is, as a result of the presence of SAEFA as an independent party in the negotiations.  This settlement agreement cannot be legally extended to non-parties.  We understand that your employees deserve an increase.