South African Engineers’ and Founders’ Association

14 July 2021

Please see report below following today’s wage negotiations held under the auspices of the MEIBC:

Wage Negotiation Advisory No. 37


Many members will have seen communication being sent out by SEIFSA regarding wage negotiations and settlement offers being made by them.  These comments are made in respect of the negotiations between SEIFSA and the trade unions and do not involve SAEFA members.  Any agreement entered into between SEIFSA and the trade unions will not apply to SAEFA members.

25 June 2021

This servers as a reminder that the employer contribution rates for the pension and provident funds will increase on 1 July by 0.1%, meaning that contributions from employers will be 7.6%, with the employees contribution remaining at 7.5%. This is in accordance with the Funds Surplus Apportionment arrangements. 

Below please find a link to the notice circulated earlier this month:


For more information, please visit the MIBFA website: (Pension Fund Surplus Apportionment information) (Provident Fund Surplus Apportionment information)

9 July 2021

Please see below the joint employer report following the negotiating meetings held on 7 and 8 July 2021:

Joint Employer Report PNF Negotiations - 7 & 8 July 2021

24 June 2021

Please see an explanatory note below: on the recently released direction om Occupational Health and Safety Measures in the workplace:

SAEFA Note on Amended OHS Measures - June 2021

Consolidated Direction on OHS measures in certain workplaces

6 July 2021

We are aware that pressure is being placed on employers to answer questions from the shop floor regarding wage increases.  Unfortunately, as wage talks are still ongoing, no certainty can be given at this time.  Please see notice below which may be placed on the company notice boards informing the employees of the current position.

Notice to SAEFA Member Employees - 6 July 2021


22 June 2021

Please see below comment from SAEFA regarding the proposal made by SEIFSA to the trade unions in their wage negotiations:

SAEFResponse to SEIFSA Proposal June 2021

28 June 2021

Please see below the amended Level 4 Regulations, published today:

Government Gazette No 11299

Please note that all businesses may continue to operate normally, subject to the following:

  • Any employee required to travel to and/or from work between the hours of 21h00 and 04h00 will be required to keep a copy of completed Form 7 on them, together with their identification document.
  • Any employee required to travel inter-provincially will also be required to keep a copy of Form 7 on them whilst travelling, as well as their ID document.

25 May 2021

Avoid the mistakes which could potentially cost your business!

Section 185 of the Labour Relations Act gives all employees the right not to be unfairly dismissed.  Yet many employers still make fundamental mistakes when taking corrective action against their employees.  As an employer, there is nothing more frustrating than having to compensate or reinstate an employee who has broken your rules.  The key to successful workplace discipline starts with understanding the principles of progressive discipline and ensuring you know the procedural requirements to ensure fairness. 

All too often, employers are ill prepared when taking disciplinary action against troublesome employees, particularly when it comes to conducting disciplinary enquiries.  Even if you have experienced expert consultants available to chair such enquiries, things will not go your way unless you prepare thoroughly and present a well prepared, structured case to maximize your chances of success.