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South African Engineers and Founders Association

12 February 2021

The Department of Employment and Labour has published the National Minimum Wage Review and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

Please find below the Notices for your attention.  Whilst the increasing of the National Minimum Wage may have limited effect on members, the increasing of the earnings threshold in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) means that any non-scheduled employee who earns in excess of R211 596.30 per annum is excluded from sections 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17(2) and 18(3) of the BCEA with effect from 1 March 2021.  For ease of reference, the headings of these sections are listed below:

23 November 2020

Please see report below following the Main Agreement negotiations held on Friday, 20 November 2020. 

The SAEFA Negotiating Team is very encouraged by the progress made in the talks and will keep members up to date with developments as they occur.

Wage Negotiation Advisory No. 34

 

2 February 2021

Please find a the Updated Lockdown Regulations as issued by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 01 February 2021 below:

Statement by President Cyril Rhamaphosa on progress in the national effort to contain Covid - 01-02-2021

Gazette No 44130 Dept of Co-Operative Governance Disaster Management Act

 

27 October 2020

Following enquiries regarding the continued payment of MEIBC levies, please be reminded of the circular attached sent out by the MEIBC earlier in the month.  Please note that industry Pension and/or Provident Fund contributions and Sick Pay Fund levies must continue to be deducted from employees.

Industry Circular 

 

4 January 2021

Please see link below to an explanation of the amended Level 3 lockdown regulations. Members must please take note that it appears as though employees needing to travel to and from work outside of the curfew hours will need to possess the requisite Form 7, a copy of which is attached below:

https://www.gov.za/covid-19/about/alert-level-3-during-coronavirus-covid-19-lockdown

Form to travel

21 October 2020

2020 has been a nightmare for most businesses.  With a National State of Disaster announced only days before the implementation of a nationwide lockdown, employers were left scrambling to put measures in place to safeguard employees, which affected their annual leave balances.  Coupled with this, many companies have suffered terrible financial losses as a consequence of the lockdown and the prospect of facing a December period of no income and an enormous wage bill is incredibly daunting.

To assist companies, SAEFA is running a free webinar on 28 October and 5 November, where we will answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns around the end of the year shutdown period (even if you are not able to shut down). 

To book please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4 January 2021

Please note that the 2011 Registration and Administration Expenses Collective Agreement has been re-extended, despite our objections. This means that the Admin and Dispute Resolution Levies are now payable again from 23 December 2020, with the Admin Levy being R1,72 per SCHEDULED employee per week (R7,45 per month) with an equal contribution to be deducted from the employee; and the Dispute Levy being R0,62 per employee per week (R2,68 per month) with an equal contribution to be deducted from the employee. 

Below please find the gazette as well as our objection filed in November for information:

 

GNR 1412 of 2020 (23 Dec 2020)

SAEFA letter resisting extension of 2011 RAECA 15 November 2020

14 October 2020

Please see below the new Consolidated Directions on OHS in the Workplace, together with accompanying explanation, for your information.

October - Consolidated Directions on Ocupation HS in the workplace COVID-19

Consolidated COVID-19 Direction Explained - 13 October 2020