South African Engineers and Founders Association

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.

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.

29 May 2020

Please see link below to the level 3 restrictions:

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


19 May 2020

Section 185 of the Labour Relations Act gives all employees the right not to be unfairly dismissed. However, many employers still make fundamental mistakes when taking corrective action against their employees. 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 employees. Even the most experienced chairperson requires both parties to be adequately prepared. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a significant number of novel problems for companies across the country. Sailing unchartered waters has become the norm as companies turn to virtual solutions to continue business under lockdown conditions in order to comply with social distancing principles.  

SAEFA, in collaboration with Gordon Angus and Associates, is running two webinars, first, to guide employers in the effective disciplining of employees; and secondly, an advanced course on how to conduct disciplinary enquiries on a virtual platform. Delegates may attend either or both webinars depending on their respective experience and/or requirements.