SEIFSA CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC FOLLOWING A REBOUND IN METALS AND ENGINEERING SECTOR OUTPUT IN MAY

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JOHANNESBURG, 12 JULY 2018 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is cautiously optimistic following the release of production data reflecting an increase in output in the Metals...
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LEGAL SERVICES OFFICER

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The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) seeks to appoint an attorney with litigation experience as a Legal Services Officer who will conduct training on industrial relations…

Decrease In The Purchasing Graph

DECREASE IN THE PURCHASING MANAGERS’ INDEX FOR JUNE 2018 A CAUSE FOR CONCERN

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Johannesburg, 3 July 2018 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is concerned about the general dip in overall business activity in the broader manufacturing sector...
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QCTO changes to Accreditation effective 1 July 2018

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Please find attached a detailed notification letter issued on the 21 June 2018 by the Quality Council for Trade and Occupations (QCTO ) providing an update on Circular 1 which…

Gradual Producer Price Index Improvement

GRADUAL PRODUCER PRICE INDEX IMPROVEMENT FOR INTERMEDIATE MANUFACTURED GOODS BODES WELL FOR THE METALS AND ENGINEERING CLUSTER – SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 28 June 2018 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) data for intermediate manufactured goods released by Statistics...
The Mining Charter

DO YOU STAND TO BE AFFECTED BY THE LATEST VERSION OF THE MINING CHARTER? LET US KNOW SOONEST.

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Following a series of protracted negotiations, the latest version of the Mining Charter was gazetted on 15 June 2018 for public comment. The closing date for submissions on the Mining...
Metals And Engineering Sector’s Performance To Be Better Than Originally Expected

METALS AND ENGINEERING SECTOR’S PERFORMANCE TO BE BETTER THAN ORIGINALLY EXPECTED – SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 25 June 2018 – Stronger global demand, firmer international commodity prices and a volatile exchange rate bode well for metals and engineering (M&E) sector production and exports in 2018,...
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FORMER MEMBER NOTICE

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Notice with regard to the surplus distribution by the Funds IMPORTANT: This is not a new distribution of surplus and former members and paid-up members who have already applied for...
SEIFSA PARTNERS WITH PAVLO PHITIDIS's AURIK

SEIFSA PARTNERS WITH PAVLO PHITIDIS’s AURIK TO HELP METALS AND ENGINEERING SECTOR SMEs THRIVE

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Johannesburg, 24 June 2018 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) has partnered with Aurik Enterprise Development (Aurik) to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in...
SEIFSA and Aurik Business Accelerator Sign

SEIFSA AND AURIK BUSINESS ACCELERATOR SIGN PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT TO BOOST SMALL BUSINESSES

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The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) today concluded an important Partnership Agreement with Aurik Business Accelerator to boost small businesses in the sector. Signing the agreement...
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EASING INFLATION BODES WELL FOR BELEAGUERED BUSINESSES IN METALS AND ENGINEERING SECTOR – SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 20 June 2018 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is encouraged by the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures released by Statistics South Africa...

TWENTY-FOUR YEARS INTO OUR DEMOCRACY,
THE YOUTH’S STRUGGLE TO BREAK THE CHAINS
OF POVERTY CONTINUES
argues Bridgette Mokoetle

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South Africa’s Youth Month is upon us. In song and dance, we will commemorate and celebrate the enormous contribution made by the young people of 1976 against the apartheid regime....
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NUM AND NUMSA LUNCH-TIME PICKETS AT ESKOM ON 14 JUNE 2018

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Introduction As you may be aware from recent media reports, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) are preparing for a...

THE MAIN AGREEMENT

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WHAT IS THE MAIN AGREEMENT? The Main Agreement is a collective agreement between the employer organisations and trade unions that constitute the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council. This agreement...

WAGE INCREASE EXEMPTIONS DUE – 31 JULY 2018

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Members of Associations affiliated to the Steel Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) which are unable to implement the agreed wage increase are encouraged to submit an application for...

SEIFSA DISAPPOINTED BY METALS AND ENGINEERING SECTOR PRODUCTION DECREASE IN APRIL

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Johannesburg, 7 June 2018 – The decrease in metals and engineering sector production output in April,  following a positive trajectory during the early months of the year, is very disappointing,...

SOUTH AFRICA’S CONTINUOUS GENDER WAGE GAP CALLS FOR GOVERNMENT TO DO MORE TO ENSURE WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT IN THE WORKPLACE,
writes Bridgette Mokoetle

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There is no denying that although women in South Africa have, since the dawn of democracy, come a long way and made significant advancements in business and politics, among other...

DROP IN GDP INDICATIVE OF PERSISTENT ECONOMIC DRAG, SAYS SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 5 MAY 2018 – Despite the positive shift in political will, improved consumer and business confidence and generally lower inflation in the first quarter of 2018 when compared to...

THERE ARE OPTIONS FOR DOMESTIC COMPANIES EXPORTING OVERSEAS

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All these risks emanate from trade across borders, which is subject to highly volatile exchange rates. Foreign exchange risk adds considerable risk to exporters, importers and competitors with imported goods...

SOUTH AFRICA NEEDS INNOVATION TO CAPITALISE ON GROWTH PROMISED BY NEW ERA

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Among other imperatives, local industrial manufacturing, including SA’s heterogeneous metals and engineering (M&E) sector, needs innovation to spur industrial growth. The public has not often viewed machinery and equipment makers...

RECESSION REBOUND IMMINENT IN LINE WITH WORLD TRENDS

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Export competitiveness in the metals and engineering sector is pivotal for economic growth and synchronised upswing in the world economy. Our review of the State of the Metals and Engineering...

STABILITY IN VOLATILE PURCHASING MANAGERS’ INDEX IS KEY IN SUPPORTING POSITIVE EXPECTATIONS

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JOHANNESBURG, 1 JUNE 2019 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is concerned about the continuous volatility in the ABSA Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) released today,...

OPPORTUNITY TO SPONSOR THE SEIFSA GOLF DAY TO TAKE PLACE AT THE HOUGHTON GOLF CLUB ON 31 AUGUST 2018

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The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA), which represents about 2000 companies in Southern Africa, will hold its 67th annual Golf Day at the prestigious Houghton Golf...

WEIR MINERALS SHINES AT SEIFSA AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE DINNER

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Johannesburg, 24 May 2018 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) has announced the winners of its 4th Annual SEIFSA Awards for Excellence in a ceremony...

INCREASE IN CONSUMER INFLATION DOES NOT BODE WELL FOR BUSINESS AND CONSUMERS

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Johannesburg, 23 May 2018 – The official inflation number released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) does not augur well for businesses and consumers overwhelmed with the recent increases in...
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From the Chief Executive Officer’s Desk – May to June 2018

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Act. Act now. So goes the cacophonous chorus of exhortations to President Cyril Ramaphosa, as the scandal-weary public and the general commentariat clamour impatiently for a series of decisive actions...

VOTE TAKEN TO GAZETTE THE 2017-2020 MAIN AGREEMENT

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Following the signing of the Settlement Agreement and the commitment contained therein to prepare a Consolidated Main Agreement for submission to the Department of Labour, with a request that it...

SEIFSA ENCOURAGED BY THE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OF THE METALS AND ENGINEERING OUTPUT IN MARCH 2018

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JOHANNESBURG, 10 MAY 2018 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is encouraged by the continuous improvement in production in the metals and engineering (M&E) sector,...
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IT IS IMPORTANT FOR COMPANIES INVOLVED IN FOREIGN TRADE TO CONSIDER THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO THEM TO PROTECT THEIR BOTTOM LINE

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It is important for companies involved in foreign trade to consider the options available to them to protect their bottom line, writes Michael Ade. Despite the continuous recovery in global...

SEIFSA ENCOURAGED BY POSITIVE REACTION TO BOUYANT CONSUMER AND BUSINESS CONFIDENCE

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JOHANNESBURG, 2 MAY 2018 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is encouraged by the improvement in the Absa Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) released today, with...

SEIFSA CONCERNED ABOUT AMERICA’S DECISION NOT TO EXEMPT SOUTH AFRICAN STEEL AND ALUMINIUM FROM IMPORT TARIFFS

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Johannesburg, 2 May 2018 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is worried about the impact the US’s decision to permanently impose large tariffs on the...

APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION ON THE SUBMISSION

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IMPORTANT NOTICE merSETA stakeholders APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION ON THE SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR 19 - MANDATORY AND DISCRETIONARY GRANT Stakeholders are advised that should they be unable to submit their...

IN SEARCH OF A COMPANY WITH THE MOST OUTSTANDING CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAMME FOR 2017

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JOHANNESBURG, 15 APRIL 2018 – Great companies make for good corporate citizens, positively impacting on their stakeholders, the lives of communities in which they operate as well as the environments...

SAFTU’S INTENDED PROTEST ACTION ON 25 APRIL 2018

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Introduction As Management may be aware from recent media reports, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) – of which NUMSA is a member –  is preparing for a...

SEIFSA CELEBRATES TRANSFORMED COMPANIES IN THE METALS AND ENGINEERING SECTOR

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JOHANNESBURG, 8 APRIL 2018 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) calls on companies that have embraced transformation in the metals and engineering sector to submit...

INCREASE IN ELECTRICITY PRICE WILL DEAL THE METALS AND ENGINEERING SECTOR A SERIOUS BLOW – SEIFSA WARNS

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Johannesburg, 6 April 2018 – An increase in the price of electricity will deal South Africa’s metals and engineering (M&E) sector – which is just beginning to come out of...

PMI’s UNRESPONSIVENESS TO IMPROVING BUSINESS AND INVESTOR CONFIDENCE WORRISOME – SEIFSA

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Johannesburg, 4 April 2018 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) notes with concern that the Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) released today indicates  that the...

SEIFSA CALLS FOR ENTRIES FOR THE DECADE OF THE ARTISAN AWARD

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Johannesburg, 2 April 2018 – South Africa has identified re-industrialisation as one of the key initiatives with the potential to unlock the country’s economic growth potential. When it takes off,...

EASING PRODUCTION COSTS ARE GOOD FOR CONSUMERS, BUT GENERALLY WORRISOME FOR BUSINESSES, SAYS SEIFSA

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JOHANNESBURG, 29 MARCH 2018 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is concerned about the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) figures released by Statistics South Africa...

SEIFSA WELCOMES RESERVE BANK’s REPO RATE CUT

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Johannesburg - 29 March 2018, The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) welcomes the South African Reserve Bank’s decision to reduce the repo rate by 25 basis...

SEIFSA IS YOUR GUIDE TO DISCIPLINE IN THE WORKPLACE

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In 2017 the industry wage negotiations took place and the challenge is to ensure that the Main Agreement is implemented consistently within our industry. Your knowledge is vital to this...

MAIN AGREEMENT: DO YOU NEED TO CUT COSTS?

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Let SEIFSA Guide You Can employers apply for an exemption from the upcoming wage increases? In these difficult economic and trading times, some companies may be battling to survive or...

STRIKE VIOLENCE: WHAT’S MY PLAN?

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Peaceful Striking for Pressure The right to strike is entrenched in section 17 of the Constitution – and it is provided for in the Labour Relations Act (the LRA). The...

SEIFSA ENCOURAGES CUSTOMER-CENTRICITY IN THE METALS AND ENGINEERING SECTOR

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Johannesburg, 25 March 2018 – Doing business in a manner that focuses on creating a positive experience for the customer is one of the key ingredients required for succeeding in...
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SOUTH AFRICAN STEEL INDUSTRY MAY BECOME A VICTIM OF A POTENTIAL US TRIGGERED TRADE WAR WITH CHINA

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Johannesburg, 23 March 2018 – The broader South African steel industry appears to be caught in the middle of what is playing out to be a nasty bilateral squabble between...

ABSENTEEISM: THE OTHER SILENT KILLER

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Just like high blood pressure is referred to as the silent killer, so, too, can absenteeism from work be regarded in a similar vein. It’s an administrative burden on Managers...

SEIFSA CONTINUES TO LEAD THE WAY

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As a mandate-driven organisation, SEIFSA derives its mandate from the SEIFSA Council, which is an assembly of SEIFSA-affiliated employer Associations. At that forum, member Associations debate matters among themselves and...

SEIFSA ENCOURAGED BY LATEST CPI DATA INDICATING FURTHER INFLATION EASING

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Johannesburg, 20 March 2918 - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is encouraged by the latest consumer price index (CPI) figures indicating a continued easing of...

SEIFSA CALLS ON ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY COMPANIES TO ENTER THE SEIFSA AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

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Johannesburg, 18 March 2018 – Economic development and ecological challenges, including climate change and the depletion of natural resources, go hand in hand. As economies develop through industrialization, the quality...