South African Engineers and Founders Association

4 May 2022

The 2021/2024 TCOE Agreement Handbook provides an easy to read summary of the terms and conditions of employment applicable to SAEFA member employees.  Included in the Handbook:

  • Regulation of working time, including shift patterns, breaks, etc.               
  • Short time, lay-offs (including dealing with current issues such as load shedding) 
  • Payment of and deductions from earnings           
  • Leave (sick, annual, family responsibility, etc.)    
  • Allowances        
  • Annual shutdown            
  • Temporary Employment Services, Limited Duration Contracts, including pro-forma templates
  • Notice of termination
  • Security of employment and severance pay (retrenchments)
  • Negotiation procedure, levels of bargaining
  • Exemptions
  • Wage increases for 2022 and 2023
  • Technical Schedules

 If you would like to order a copy of the TCOE Agreement Handbook kindly email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 13 May 2022.

8 February 2022

On 1 October 2021, the Terms and Conditions of Employment Agreement was entered into between the South African Engineers’ and Founders’ Association (SAEFA) and Solidarity trade union.  The signing of this game-changing agreement follows years of negotiations where parties endeavoured to find an equitable solution to the problem of exponentially spiraling wage costs in the metal industry.  The TCOE Agreement incorporates a new set of standard rates of pay which, going forward, are to be implemented for all new employees at SAEFA businesses.  This agreement provides the stimulus and sustainability required to create jobs in an otherwise struggling industry.

The TCOE Agreement provides comprehensive conditions of employment for scheduled (shop-floor) staff, as well as providing crucial protection against a compulsion to bargain with trade unions and staff at company level. 

On 23 February 2022, SAEFA, in conjunction with Gordon Angus and Associates, will be guiding members through the contents of the agreement and its practical implementation on your shop floor.

The workshop will be held from 08h00 until 13h00 on Wednesday, 23 February 2022 at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Viewpoint Road, Boksburg.  Strict Covid-19 safety measure will be adhered to. 

For further details and to book your place please contact the office.

4 March 2022

You are invited to attend a free briefing by the Centre for Risk Analysis (CRA). The briefing will be held on Tuesday,19 April 2022 at Reading Country Club and will commence at 13:00.

You are welcome to invite any colleagues in the industry who may be interested in attending.

The highly anticipated 2022 Strategic Intelligence Briefing helps top decision makers position themselves to anticipate rapid shifts in the domestic and global strategic environment. Drawing on closely guarded data, analysis, and polling information not available from any other source, the briefing covers the key driving forces shaping South Africa and the world, and spells out the implications for the investment and business environment.

 Towards South Africa's Tipping Point

A new strategic intelligence briefing by the Centre for Risk Analysis – South Africa’s leading political, social, and economic risk advisory group. 

 How the political ground shifted in 2021

  • Prospects for policy reform and economic recovery
  • The future of conflict and cohesion
  • The opposition challenge: focus vs fragmentation

Attendees will gain a unique understanding of their strategic environment and will be better placed to make sound long-term decisions, while protecting themselves against the risk of being blindsided by unanticipated developments.

In order to secure your seat kindly email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

20 January 2022

Please see note  below regarding the importance of membership of SAEFA:

Notice to members - 19 January 2022



29 March 2022

Pleasse be advised of our upcoming workshop, The TCOE Agreement Explained, to he held on 13 April 2022.

For further information and to book please contact the office.

6 December 2021

Please see document below for information relating to the Annual Shutdown:

Annual Shutdown Arrangements 2021


9 February 2022

Please see information below regarding the ongoing requirement to screen employees for Covid-19 as well as important information on increases in both the BCEA Earnings Threshold and the National Minimum Wage.

Is Covid-19 screening still required

Increase in BCEA Earnings Threshold and NMW

3 December 2021

Please see note abelow for your information:

SAEFA Notice on Mandatory Vaccinations in the Workplace - December 2021