South African Engineers and Founders Association

22 July 2020

For your information please see link below regarding the extension of COVID-19 TERS relief payments until 15 August 2020:

1 July 2020

Please see update below with further commentary on this year's Main Agreement negotiations:

Main Agreement Negotiations Update 1 July 2020

Please share the document with any contacts in the industry that you feel may be interested or benefit.

16 July 2020

With Covid-19 infection rates on the rise, we are receiving more and more queries relating to sick leave management.  We have scheduled a webinar for next week Thursday, 23 July 2020 at 12h00 to deal with the management of all aspects of leave, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Please below for more information and to book, please complete the last page of the attachment below and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SAEFA Covid-19 Leave Management Workshop Brochure

24 June 2020

As we have previously reported, the SA Engineers and Founders Association tabled proposals in the 2020 Main Agreement negotiations on 26 May 2020: proposals. On Friday, 19 June 2020, the MEIBC sent out an email to members of the MEIBC Management Committee (Manco) announcing that the proposals will be placed on the agenda for discussion at the Manco meeting to be held on 6 July 2020.  To date, SAEFA is the only employer’s organisation or trade union that has tabled any proposals in respect of this year’s negotiations.  Clearly, we are the only employer’s organisation that recognises that now is the time to change the trajectory of the industry or risk job losses at an unprecedented rate.  It is hoped that the Manco meeting scheduled for 6 July 2020 will signal the beginning of negotiations that will lead to a collective agreement that is conducive to business growth and industry prosperity in the long term. 

We strongly advise all metal industry companies to seriously consider joining us, as we are the only organisation that has tabled a plan which has been proven to address the needs of employers in the industry.  For more information on the New Entrant Wage Structure, please view


13 July 2020

Below please find the amended Level 3 Regulations:

Level 3 Regulations - 12 July 2020

Please note the following in particular:

Regulation 5(3)(a) and (b):
"(3) (a) An employer must provide every employee with a cloth facemask, home-made item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth, when in the workplace.
(b) An employer may not allow any employee to perform any duties or enter the employment premises if the employee is not wearing a cloth face mask, home made item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth while performing his or her duties.

to be read with Regulation 14(7):
(7) An employer who fails to take reasonable steps to ensure compliance with regulation 5(3)(a) or (b) commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment.

2 June 2020

We are receiving a number of reports from members of employees not adhering to social distancing and hygiene protocols at work.  Companies need to inform their employees of the importance of adhering to these rules and the consequences for any breach of the rules.  We further advise that you consider placing a notice up reminding employees (see template below).

Notice to comply with COVID-19 health protocols

SAEFA will be running a webinar workshop for companies, dealing with the Effective Implementation of Workplace Discipline on Thursday at 10h00.  We will then be running an additional webinar dealing specifically with Conducting Virtual Disciplinary Enquiries on 2 July at 10h00. 

For more information or to book, please see the attached below:

SAEFA Effective Discipline Workshop Flyer 25 June and 2 July 2020


8 July 2020

Please see below the Executive Directors report to members following yesterday’s MEIBC Management Committee meeting:


4 June 2020

Please view the link below for an update and developments with the 2020 Main Agreement negotiations.