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merSETA is rolling out the rest of the NSDMS from 1st July 2019

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Since 1 February 2018, the National Skills Development Management System (NSDMS) has been assisting merSETA to become more efficient and effective in supporting you, merSETA stakeholders, to implement and facilitate access to skills development opportunities in merSETA sectors. merSETA would like to thank you for all the support and feedback so far. Without you, merSETA would not have met its milestones.

Here are some outstanding statistics since merSETA introduced the NSDMS:

More than 3 850 active users and nearly 5 700 active employers/organisations

Nearly 9000 Grant applications have been initiated (1 954 991 WSP and ATR entries)

Nearly 1 600 MOAs in the region of R850 million were generated electronically in 2018

Nearly 80 000 tasks have been completed with over 500 000 emails sent

merSETA has not stopped working on further development. Today, merSETA is thrilled to announce that has officially launched the rest of the NSDMS on 1st July 2019. You are now able to:

Apply/register as a Skills Development Provider

Apply/register as an Assessor/Moderator

Manage and process learner related activities including registration, transfers, trade test, verifications and certification etc

Apply for workplace approval, courseware, skills programmes or skills sets

Apply for recognition of prior learning

Manage MOAs

Access reports

The wait is now over and merSETA is really excited that has launched the other NSDMS modules, but merSETA know that with any new system, it will take time to get used to it. Do not despair! merSETA is committed to walk with you on this journey and through its various training & development initiatives, merSETA will be here to support you every step of the way! merSETA has rolled out its stakeholder capacity building interventions in its regions. So, look out for capacity-building dates to prepare yourself to utilise the NSDMS and its features to the max.


Constructional Engineering Association (Labour Broking Division) Accredited Companies

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Adcorp BLU a div of Adcorp Workforce Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Adcorp Blu a division of Adcorp Staffing Solutions (Pty) Ltd

ALOS Holdings (Pty) Ltd

AMT Placement Services

AMT Placement Services

Babanango Recruitment Services cc

BDM Management (Pty) Ltd

Boardroom Appointments

CAP Personnel Placements (Pty) Ltd

CDR Contracts (Pty) Ltd

Consortium Personnel Consultants cc

Eduardo Construction (Pty) Ltd

EFS Labour Consultants cc

ESG Recruitment cc

Fempower Personnel (Pty) Ltd

Gee 2 Kay (Pty) Ltd

Global Industrial Consultants 2 cc

Global Isizwe Placements cc

Inqaba Services (Pty) Ltd

Intelli Staff (Pty) Ltd

Ithemba Langemphela

ITL International Task Labour cc

Khuboni Placements TES (Pty) Ltd T/A Express Employment Professionals Parktown

Lady of the Waters 46 cc t/a Spartan Technical Services

Lapace Construction (Pty) Ltd

Lavoro Matkri (Pty) Ltd

Lekang Projects & Security Services cc

M & S Projects (Pty) Ltd

Mabhele and Associates cc

Madobra (Pty) Ltd

Phakisa Technical Services (Pty) Ltd

Quyn International Outsourcing (Pty) Ltd

Scribante Labour Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Sebcon Contracting Services

Seven Stars Investments (Pty) Ltd

SFG Engineering

Sindawonye Services

Sizuluntu Staffing Solutions (Pty)Ltd

Stratostaff (Pty) Ltd

Tedoc Industries (Pty) Ltd

Themba Njalo Camden

Transman (Pty) Ltd

Tributum Emawi (Pty) Ltd

Uthingo Mndeni Services cc

Vusithemba Mpumalanga



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Johannesburg, 7 May 2019 – Political stability, policy certainty, economic growth as well as reliable and uninterrupted power supply are some of the most important items that should feature prominently on the list of the winning political party’s agenda, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba said today.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s elections, Mr Nyatsumba said given the tough economic conditions that South Africa currently finds itself in, it is of paramount importance that the winning political party prioritizes economic growth, which would in turn contribute towards reversing social ills that are a direct result of stagnation, such as high unemployment rates, poverty and crime.

“Political stability and policy certainty are a pre-requisite for any country’s economic growth. In South Africa, political stability can ignite economic growth and generate much-needed employment, especially for the millions of young people who are neither in education nor employment,” Mr Nyatsumba said.

He added that for economic growth to happen, South Africa needs to ensure that there is also policy certainty and coherence as well as solid infrastructure, such as reliable and uninterrupted power supply. He said he was hopeful that the new administration would also tackle rampant corruption and maladministration, which would in turn boost investor confidence and improve South Africa’s credit ratings.

On the metals and engineering sector, Mr Nyatsumba said as a Federation representing companies operating in this crucial sector, SEIFSA calls upon the winning party or parties to be effective in implementing and monitoring designation of local content in production processes across all value chains.

He also called on the new administration to prioritise local businesses in all investment and construction projects, including Black Economic Empowerment partners in order to comply with South African rules designed to address racial disparities which continue to exist more than two decades after the end of apartheid

Mr Nyatsumba also called on all eligible South Africans to ensure that they exercise their right to vote in this election. He said that an election was a very concrete demonstration of the fact that power comes from ordinary citizens, to whom elected officials should always be accountable.

In conclusion, Mr Nyatsumba said SEIFSA stands ready to work hand in hand with the new administration in rebuilding South Africa’s economy and creating much-needed jobs.

“We remain committed to reversing the economic fortunes of our beloved country and are eager to engage robustly with the new leadership that will emerge after the elections,” Mr Nyatsumba said.



Issued by:

Ollie Madlala

Communications Manager

Tel: (011) 298 9411 / 082 602 1725

Email: ollie@seifsa.co.za

Web: www.seifsa.co.za

Political Parties


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Johannesburg, 12 April 2019 – The African National Congress (ANC), the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) today committed to continue working with business leaders to pull the economy out of the doldrums and create much-needed jobs.

The parties – represented by ANC Economic Transformation Committee Head Enoch Godongwana, DA National Chairman Athol Trollip and IFP spokesman and Member of Parliament Mkhuleko Hlengwa – addressed delegates attending the Political Parties Seminar hosted by the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) at the Johannesburg Country Club this morning.

The parties collectively agreed that the stagnant economy, high levels of unemployment – particularly youth unemployment – and rampant corruption, among other socio-economic woes, were of great concern and that Government needed to work closely with the business community to address these challenges. They also agreed that there is a need for Government to work with manufacturing sector leaders to reverse the fortunes of this sector, which has over the years struggled to operate in a low-demand, and high-administered costs environment.

“The manufacturing sector is one of the critical contributors to the South African economy. It is, therefore, of paramount importance to the economy. It is, thus, important that Government continues to work closely with captains of this industry to ensure its global competitiveness and survival,” Mr Godongwana said.

In addition to working closely with the business community to grow the economy, Mr Hlengwa said Government also needed to invest in infrastructure in the form of electricity and water, among others, to ensure that businesses thrive and subsequently contribute to economic growth. He said it was also of critical importance that the Government overhauls the education system to ensure that the country produces skills relevant to the fourth industrial revolution, as required by the economy.

Mr Trollip said policy incoherence was detrimental to the economy and that the Government should do whatever it takes to address this challenge if investors were to come on board.  He said the Government also needs to continue to create sector-specific incentives that reward investing in the local economy and job creation.



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Johannesburg, 24 March 2018 – Doing business in a manner that focuses on creating a positive experience and satisfaction for the customer is one of the key ingredients for successful entrepreneurship. Businesses which ensure that customers are at the heart of their strategies, operations and innovation tend to do much better than those which don’t do so, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) Chief Executive Officer Kaizer Nyatsumba said.

“We live in an age where customers have so many choices. They dictate the products and services they want businesses to provide for them. Long gone are the days when companies used to dictate to the customer. This is why customer-centricity should always be at the heart of businesses if companies are to succeed and thrive in an environment where both markets and customer preferences are changing,” Mr Nyatsumba said.

He said it was for this reason, among others, that SEIFSA introduced the SEIFSA Awards for Excellence in 2015. To celebrate companies that have gone out of their ways to ensure that their customers are at the centre of their businesses, SEIFSA will present the Customer Service Award of the Year to a company rated the highest in customer service performance during the period July 2017 – December 2018.

Last year there was no winner in the Customer Service Award category because there were no entries submitted. This year, Mr Nyatsumba encourages SEIFSA members and non-members to take pride in the work they do to satisfy their customers and submit entries for this category.

“The sole purpose of the SEIFSA Awards is to celebrate excellence, be it in innovation, health and safety or customer centricity. Therefore, I would like to encourage companies which have gone out of their way to ensure that the customer is king in their businesses to submit entries for this category and allow themselves to be acknowledged and celebrated by industry peers,” Mr Nyatsumba said.

Other awards that form the seven categories of the SEIFSA Awards for Excellence are:


  • The Most Innovative Company of the Year, which will be awarded to a company that showed the best level of innovation in research and development or production between July 2017 and December 2018;


  • The Most Transformed Company of the Year Award will be received by a company that showed the highest transformation level in its ownership and the composition of its Board of Directors, Executive Management and Managerial Team between July 2017 and December 2018 (this award category pits companies employing fewer than 100 people against those of similar size, and companies employing more than 100 people against others of similar size);


  • The Health and Safety Award of the Year will be offered to a company with the best legal compliance record in Health and Safety or the lowest Lost-Time Injury Frequency rate between July 2017 and December 2018;


  • The company rated the highest in customer service performance between July 2017 and December 2018 will receive the Customer Service Award of the Year; and


  • The Environmental Stewardship Award will go to a company that has successfully implemented greening initiatives in its day-to-day business operations between July 2017 and December 2018.

Mr Nyatsumba encouraged companies operating in the metals and engineering sector to submit their entries for the seven categories before the deadline date of 26 April 2019. Participants can enter by visiting the SEIFSA Awards website (www.seifsaawards.co.za).

The Awards are open to all companies in the metals and engineering sector, and not only those that are members of Associations affiliated to SEIFSA. Awards winners will be honoured at a ceremony that will take place at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton on 23 May 2019.


SEIFSA is a National Federation representing 23 independent employer Associations in the metals and engineering industries, with a combined membership of 1600 companies employing around 200 000 employees. The Federation was formed in 1943 and its member companies range from giant steel-making corporations to micro-enterprises employing fewer than 50 people.
A Third Consecutive Decrease

Persistent Rise in Inflation Is Worrying, Says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 12 December 2018 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is disappointed by the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures, which indicate that inflation increased further in November 2018, despite the  decision by the South African Reserve Bank to raise the repurchase rate by 25 basis point to 6,75% from 6,50% last month in an effort to  contain inflation within the mid-point of its 3-6 percent target band.

The CPI figures released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) today indicate that the annual consumer price inflation increased to 5.2 percent in November 2018, from 5.1 percent in October 2018. On a month-on-month basis, the CPI increased by 0.2 percent in November 2018.

SEIFSA Economist Marique Kruger said given that the demand for the Metals and Engineering (M&E) cluster’s intermediate products is a derived one based on consumer spending, the persistent rise in inflation is cause for concern.

However, Ms Kruger said the increase in the CPI was expected going into the festive season, underpinned by a seasonal pattern of higher consumer spending, galloping November fuel prices and a generally upward-trending Producer Price Index (PPI) for both the intermediate and final manufactured goods. The concern is that the increasing trend in inflation is likely to continue in the near term, compelling consumers to cut back on spending for final manufactured goods which warrant the use of intermediate manufactured products of the M&E cluster of industries as inputs.

“The latest inflation data is disappointing and does not augur well for businesses in the M&E cluster of industries and the broader manufacturing sector. The concern is that companies will continue to face headwinds, including higher interest rates, operational expenses and inflationary intermediate inputs costs,” Ms Kruger said.

In addition, she said it was worrying that the PPI data to be released tomorrow is likely to maintain its upward pressure on inflation.

SEIFSA closely monitors the release of both the CPI and PPI data for final and intermediate manufactured goods, amongst other indicators of its price and index pages (PIPS), due to their importance to the M&E sector. Both indices are used by companies in the secto in financial decision-making processes towards costs mitigation r through, for instance, Contract Price Adjustment processes.

In conclusion, Ms Kruger said despite the difficult operating environment, companies should capitalise on the prevailing signs of a silver lining to build on lower fuel prices for December and slowly improving domestic demand, reduce operational costs and positively boost margins and profit levels.

Issued by:

Ollie Madlala

Communications Manager

Tel: (011) 298 9411 / 082 602 1725

Email: ollie@seifsa.co.za

Web: www.seifsa.co.za

SEIFSA is a National Federation representing 23 independent employer
Associations in the metals and engineering industries, with a combined membership of 1600 companies employing around 200 000 employees. The Federation was formed in 1943 and its member companies range from giant steel-making companies to micro-enterprises employing fewer than 50 people.

Improving M & E Production Is Encouraging, says SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 11 December 2018 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the preliminary production data for the Metals and Engineering (M&E) cluster of industries released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) today.

“The data, which reflects an increase in output for October 2018, augurs well for both the cluster and the broader manufacturing sector,” the Federation’s Chief Economist, Michael Ade, said this afternoon.

After adjusting for the sectoral weights, the preliminary seasonally-adjusted production data for the M&E sector indicated that output improved to 11,9 percent on a year-on-year basis in October 2018, when compared to October 2017. The improved performance is in line with an increase in production in the broader manufacturing sector, which also increased by 3,0 percent year-on-year in October 2018, following comparatively positive but lower output levels recorded in September 2018 and August 2018 respectively.

On a month-on-month basis, the M&E sector also performed well, improving from 0,3 percent in September 2018 to 9,3 percent in October 2018. The sector’s improved monthly performance was mainly supported by higher output in the petroleum, chemicals, rubber and plastic products (1,8 percent) and the basic iron and steel, non-ferrous metal products, metal products and machinery (1,7 percent) sub-industries.

“Against the backdrop of a slowly improving economy, the improvement in production for the cluster is encouraging. Evidently, producers were able to take advantage of a brief strengthening of the rand to capitalise on the importation of cheaper intermediary inputs, leading to the best increase in manufacturing production since the start of the year,” Dr Ade said.

He said the sector’s performance also coincides with an improved pace of the real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, which surprised on the upside during the third quarter of 2018, officially moving the domestic economy out of a technical recession and providing impetus for more output, investment and employment.

Dr Ade said it is very important that the sub-components of the M&E cluster continue to expand, given the need to continuously improve on overall job numbers in the broader manufacturing, which is still a cause for concern. The latest Quarterly Employment Statistics numbers released by Stats SA earlier today shows that manufacturing employment decreased by 0,6% or 7,000 jobs quarter on quarter in June 2018 to September 2018, despite the sector’s positive contribution to GDP growth in the same quarter.

Dr Ade said this highlights the need to maintain the output growth momentum towards better employment numbers.

Dr Ade said that he hoped that the encouraging increase in domestic growth will translate to higher demand for intermediate and final manufactured goods, which will invariably have a positive impact on production and employment within the manufacturing sector. He noted that, importantly, businesses are optimistic that the recent slowdown in fuel prices will also have a positive impact on companies’ logistics costs in the short term, thus enabling an up-tick in business activity to the expansionary zone.

“These dynamics are encouraging and SEIFSA is optimistic that the basis for a continuous improvement in output going into the new year now exists for businesses to leverage on, and further expand,” Dr Ade concluded.


SEIFSA is a National Federation representing 23 independent employer  Associations in the metals and engineering industries, with a combined membership of 1600 companies employing around 200 000 employees. The Federation was formed in 1943 and its member companies range from giant steel-making corporations to micro-enterprises employing fewer than 50 people.



SHEQ Legislation

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1. Occupational health and safety

A. Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Bill

For reasons unknown, there has been a delay in the publishing of the Draft Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Amendment Bill for comment. Nedlac deliberations had commenced in October 2014 and concluded in March 2016.


The following Regulations were published for comment:

– Draft Ergonomics Regulations

– Draft Asbestos Abatement Regulations

– Lift, Escalator and Passenger Conveyor Regulations Incorporation of the Code of Practice for Inspection and Testing of Lift


No regulations have been promulgated in 2018.



Carbon Tax and Climate Change Bill

The 2017 Draft Carbon Tax Bill is a refinement of the initial 2015 Draft Carbon Tax Bill. The main aim of the carbon tax bill is to put a price on the environmental and economic damages caused by excessive emissions of greenhouse gases. A secondary aim is to change the behaviour of firms and consumers, by encouraging uptake of cost-effective, low-carbon alternatives.

Once the Bill comes into effect, the National Treasury will levy carbon tax on emissions above the absolute carbon budgets (a greenhouse gas emissions allowance allocated to a person over a defined time period). The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is currently devising methodology for the level of the budgets. The DEA also published a Climate Change Bill which, once It comes to effect, will enable the enforcement of Carbon Budgets.


The business position on both Bills is that there is no reason for a developing country, whose GDP growth has remained below 2% since 2016, to have one of the most stringent environmental legislation in the world. Moreover, the imposition of carbon budgets where there are no alternative technologies is prejudicial towards business.


b. Industry Waste Management Plans

On 6 December 2017 the Minister of Environmental Affairs published a notice directing the following industries to submit industry waste management plans for approval:


Electrical and Electronic Equipment and

Paper and Packaging Industry


This was after SEIFSA and BUSA raised flags against the previous notice, citing impractical requirements and compliance unachievable deadlines. The deadline for subscription to approved Industry Waste Management Plans was 6 September 2018. However, by August 2018, there had not been a single plan approved by the Minister. To this end, affected companies may find themselves unable to comply with this requirement. The SEIFSA SHEQ Executive continues to lobby on this matter and keeping the Associations informed.



ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems (QMS) is an effective tool for assuring quality of products. According to research, it increases the bottom line and enhances access to markets.

The SHEQ division provides consultancy and training services to assist with the implementation or improvement of  QMS.  ISO 9001 implementation is offered to small enterprises at competitive rates.

Quality related offerings include internal QMS audits are to evaluate the effectiveness of your system, and second party QMS audits to your suppliers to enhance your supply chain.

12 February 2019: Skills Development Planning and Reporting Seminar

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SEIFSA is proud to announce that due to popular demand we will be hosting SEIFSA’s Annual  Skills Development Planning and Reporting Seminar which is an informative and practical engagement platform where company delegates will be afforded the opportunity to engage experts and captains of industry about skills development challenges. The seminar in principle focuses on unraveling the skills planning and reporting requirements, criteria, templates, and policy with links to the National Skills Development Management System (NSDMS) as well as the implications, challenges and opportunities available to companies that are registered with the merSETA.

This collaborative workshop will provide you with guidelines and practical tools to ensure a successful Mandatory and PIVOTAL grant submission to the merSETA by 30 April 2019. This workshop affords you the opportunity to understand Merseta’s Grant Policy 2019/2020 and National Skills Development Management System (NSDMS). If you are interested in attending this annual learning and networking opportunity event with like-minded individuals please click here for more information

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About the workshop

Once again SEIFSA has joined forces with the experts to address the skills development reporting submission requirements for 2019/2020. This full day informative and practical engagement platform provides the knowledge and covers all the practical key elements of the merSETA’s reporting requirements in order to claim the Pivotal and Mandatory Grant including submission of the Workplace Skills Plan and Annual Training Report. This practical session includes the basic needs analysis tool process, workplace skills plan and annual training report submission requirements as well as the National Skills Development Management System (NSDMS) processes that are responsive to strategic business imperatives.

The presenters

SEIFSA has once again managed to harness a group of dynamic and well informed captains of industry to present various relevant topics at a micro and macro level that will benefit both you and your organisation.

  •  Kyle Mitchell, Honeycomb BBBEE;
  • Winston Adams, Merseta;
  • Imaan Hiebner, SARS;
  • Melanie Mulholland, SEIFSA; and
  • Preggy Chetty – Thuthukisa

Who should attend?

Members who are new to the skills development reporting requirements for pivotal and mandatory grants and who wish to ensure that they are at the forefront of effective implementation.

Skills development facilitators, human resource managers/practioners, training managers, managers, owners and managers of small and medium enterprises, experienced managers who would like to brush up on their knowledge and get to grips with the New Skills Development Management System (NSDMS).


08h00 – 09h00     Registration and refreshments

09h00 – 09h15    Welcome, introduction and setting the scene.  Melanie Mulholland, SEIFSA Human Capital & Skills Development  Executive

09h15 – 09h45    The BBBEE codes and its impact on skills development. Kyle Mitchell – Honeycomb (BBBEE Agency)

09h45 – 10h15     Maximising the Tax Benefits for Skills Development.  Imaan Hiebner– SARS, Regional Manager

10h15 – 10h45     Mid-morning refreshments

10h45 – 12h00    merSETA Perspective for 2019/20 reporting year. Winston Adams, merSETA

12h00 – 12h45    Lunch

12h45 –  13h30  Workplace Skills Plan (WSP), Annual Training Report (ATR) and PIVOTAL Plan and Report Templates,  Guidelines and NSDMS  – 
                              Melanie Mulholland, Human Capital & Skills Development Executive

13h30 – 14H15  Leveraging the Centers of Specilaisation Project (DHET) – and working with TVETs to train apprentices – Preggy Chetty – Thuthukisa

14h15 – 14H30  Closure 

Date/time 12 Feb 2019/ 09h00-15h00

Venue Country Club Johannesburg Country Club Johannesburg 1 Napier Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg

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The workshop will cover

Understand the merSETA criteria and requirements for submission of the skills planning and reporting templates due on 30 April 2019

Highlight the benefits and uses of the New Skills Development Management System (NSDMS) for effective skills planning and reporting

Work through the New Skills Development Management System (NSDMS) templates including the PIVOTAL Plan and PIVOTAL Training Report

Understand the labour representative’s role in the approval process

Discuss the Training Committees’ role and responsibilities for the 2019/20 mandatory and pivotal grant submission requirements

Highlight and align current policy expectations and implementation objectives

Share insights with colleagues and peers

Participate in group discussions to gain from the best practice experiences of other companies. Network with other skills development facilitators and HR practioners so that you can handle skills development planning and implementation with confidence.

Included in the fees

Certificate of attendance