Meet the Industrial Relations and Legal Services Team

SEIFSA’s Industrial Relations Advisor Michael Lavender

Michael Lavender joined SEIFSA in 1991 as an Industrial Relations Advisor.  He has held various positions within the Industrial Relations Division, including Senior Industrial Relations Advisor and Industrial Relations Services Training Manager, and was appointed to the position of Industrial Relations Manager in 2013.

Providing key Industrial relations consultancy and training services, Michael holds:

  • a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree, majoring in Industrial Psychology and Economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, formerly the University of Natal,
  • A Personnel Management Trainee Programme from Rand Mines,
  • a Certificate Programme in Industrial Relations (CPIR) from the University of the Witwatersrand’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management (Wits Business School), and
  • An Expert Negotiator Certificate issued by the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

In addition, Michael is the Lift and Escalator Employer spokesperson for the Lift negotiations. And is also a representative in the Engineering Industries Bargaining Council.

Michael has gained extensive knowledge and experience and daily duties include but are not limited to, advising and training companies on the Main Agreement and labour law, and chairing hearings in the areas of disciplinary, incapacity, grievance. Representing various companies in retrenchment consultations and other industrial relations matters such as disputes and industrial action, as well as at the CCMA and the MEIBC Bargaining Council at conciliation and arbitration.

SEIFSA’s Legal Executive Mr Sibusiso Mthenjana

Sibusiso Mthenjana joined SEIFSA as Industrial Relations and Legal Services Executive on 1 May 2019. He holds an LLB degree from the University of Zululand and is currently working on an LLM at the University of South Africa. An Admitted Attorney, Mthenjana has previously worked as Legal Manager at the National Health Laboratory Service, as Company Secretary at Thembalethu Development NPC, as Group Company Secretary at TEBA, as Company Secretary/Head of Legal at Mpumalanga Regional Training Trust,
as Legal Manager at South African Music Rights Organisation and as Legal Services and Administration Manager at Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality. He has also practised as an attorney while working for STRB Attorneys, Mavimbela Mthenjana Attorneys and his own law firm, Mthenjana Attorneys.