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31 July 2019

SEIFSA is proud to present it significant expertise in Industrial Relations and Legal Services (IR&LS) on the 24 July 2019. The occasion is SEIFSA’s Industrial Relations and Legal Services Division’s exploration of South Africa’s Labour Laws.

At this event, you can expect the best in thought leadership and guidance designed to help any Human Resources Practitioners, Industrial Relations Managers and people in any organisation wishing to understand in a practical way  how to implement and prepare their organisations for changes, happening as we speak and running concurrently in a negotiations year.

The event will showcase the following SEIFSA Thought Leaders:

  • Lucio Trentini (Operations Director)
  • Sibusiso Mthenjane (Industrial Relations & Legal Services Executive)
  • Michael Lavender (Industrial Relations Manager)
  • Zolile Moyikwa (Legal Services Manager)
Lucio Trentini

The face of the metals and engineering Main Agreement Negotiating Team and an unrivalled expert on Industrial Relations since 1990, Trentini has made it his mission to guide companies through a complicated labour law landscape in South Africa.

Trentini holds a BA in Economics and Industrial Psychology and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from the University of the Witwatersrand and the Graduate School of Business Administration respectively. He also holds an Expert Negotiator Certificate issued by the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

Sibusiso Mthenjana

An admitted attorney, 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.

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.

Michael Lavender

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

Michael has gained extensive knowledge and experience and his daily duties include, but are not limited to:

  • advising and training companies on the Main Agreement and labour law;
  • chairing hearings in the areas of disciplinary, incapacity, grievance; and

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.

Lavender 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).

Zolile Moyikwa

Zolile Moyikwa joined SEIFSA in August 2018 as an Industrial Relations and Legal Services Manager.

He is an Admitted Attorney registered with the Law Society of Northern Provinces and the Law Society of Cape of Good Hope. He has a wide range of experience gained through partnering and working for various institutions, among them in Private Practice and the Department of Justice.

His excellent organizational and client relationship management capabilities mean that he is able to work with people across a broad spectrum. As an attorney, Moyikwa  was trained andgained experience in litigation, drafting policy formulation, interpretation of statutes, drafting of contracts and vetting thereof.

At SEIFSA his daily duties include Labour Court Litigation, advising and training companies, chairing hearings in the areas of disciplinary, incapacity, grievance, retrenchment consultations and industrial relations matters, as well as attending to CCMA,  the MEIBC Bargaining Council for conciliation and arbitration and the Labour Court for litigation.

Johnathan Goldberg

Johnathan Goldberg is the CEO of Global Business Solutions and holds several qualifications, including a BComm, LLB and an MBA (cum laude). Over the past 20 years, he has been at the forefront of the changing labour law landscape, leading negotiations at plant, industry and NEDLAC levels. He assists clients to navigate the dynamic regulatory environment.

Goldberg holds several key roles, including being nominated as a business representative, as employment conditions commissioner, chief operating officer of the Confederation of Associations in the Private Employment Sector (CAPES), member of the Employment Services Board, and as a BUSA representative at NEDLAC focusing on labour law amendments, including a-typical employment. He continues to be actively involved in various industries, leading and advising on negotiations in numerous sectors of the economy.


SEIFSA has noted the Government’s insistence for companies to comply with new labour laws as quickly and as seamlessly as possible. The Government made the call as South Africa joined the world in commemorating Workers’ Day last month.

“For South Africa, this day holds particular importance as it emanated from the protracted struggle for workers’ rights and social justice of the late 1800s. Government expresses its appreciation to all workers for their contribution to the economy and the role of labour unions,” the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) said. President Cyril Ramaphosa, encouraged companies and institutions which are resisting transformation to be part of the solutions that will lead to the development of South Africa.

“Our Seminar on 24 July is part our ongoing support to the metals and engineering industry to ensure that companies are strategically positioned for innovation, growth and development of their human capital to realise their full potential”, says Operations Director Lucio Trentini.



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