Meet the Industrial Relations and Legal Services Team

Louwresse Specht

Louwresse Specht is SEIFSA’s Industrial Relations and Legal Services Executive and heads this division. She holds an LLB from the North West University and an AMBA-accredited MBA from the North West University Business School.

She was previously employed as group legal counsel in the road freight, logistics and commodity trading industry, where her duties included compliance management, IR management, employment law matters, commercial law matters and company secretarial duties.  She has also practised as an attorney, specialising in corporate law, commercial litigation and trial advocacy.

Tel: 011 280-9452

Michael Lavender

Michael Lavender is SEIFSA’s Industrial Relations Manager.  He has held various positions within the Industrial Relations Division, including Senior Industrial Relations Adviser 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, Lavender has a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree, majoring in Industrial Psychology and Economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, formerly the University of Natal. He has also completed a Personnel Management Trainee Programme through Rand Mines, a Certificate Programme in Industrial Relations through the University of the Witwatersrand’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management, and an Expert Negotiator Certificate through the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Lavender has extensive knowledge and experience in labour law and advises and trains companies on the Main Agreement and labour law. He also chairs hearings in the areas of disciplinary, incapacity, grievance. He represents 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.

Tel: 011 298-9415

Vuyiswa Miya

Vuyiswa Miya is Industrial Relations and Legal Services Manager at SEIFSA.  She has extensive experience as an Admitted Attorney and has worked for various law firms handling matters pertaining to contractual disputes, drafting contracts, providing legal advice, appearing in the CCMA and bargaining councils, prosecuting and chairing disciplinary hearing. She holds an LLB degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law, both from the University of Johannesburg.

She has been invited by the University of Pretoria and University of Potchefstroom to lecture on Labour Dispute Resolution for their Practical Legal Studies course. From time to time she also participates in the annual case law update seminar presented by a leading labour institute.

Tel: 011 298-9413