September 2020

By September 14, 2020 April 14th, 2021 Newsletters

Dear Members and Fellow Colleagues

It is with great concern that we inform you that Glen Dikgale, President of SAIF was the victim of an attempted hijacking on Friday 4 September 2020. We wish Glen a speedy recovery from this traumatic incident and we pray for him and his family during this time.
 
The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives. The entire world is learning how to adapt and live with the new challenges we are faced with, as we move forward living with this pandemic. There are only four months left in 2020, let’s embrace the time we have and use it wisely as we all face the challenges before us. The world economies are slowly but surely starting to improve. Now is the time to be positive, to be a part of the change and more importantly to stay healthy. 
 
Our foundry industry in South Africa is also starting to show optimistic signs of recovery, order books are improving as our end user segments continue to be more active coming out of the lockdown. Our foundry industry has over the years proven itself to be a strong and resilient industry. We need to remain focused and face the challenges we are presented with together and support each other in these difficult times. Together we can and will overcome the challenges we are facing. Stay healthy, focused and positive.

IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON SA FOUNDRY INDUSTRY

The SAIF has engaged with members, industry partners and representatives about the impact of COVID-19 on the foundry industry. It is clear that this pandemic has had an near devastating impact on businesses, as well as their employees and families.
 
Some businesses were forced into temporary shutdown, implement retrenchments and short-time to absorb the implications to their organisations. Reports of infections were noted and some employees lost their lives due to COVID-19 related illnesses.
Our sincerest condolences go out to every family who has lost a loved one during this pandemic.
 
Hope is on the horizon
It was however encouraging to receive positive reports from various member foundries, suppliers and customers. Though adapting to new operational business practices, organisations are showing signs of repair, recovery and growth.

The SAIF wish to extend our best wishes to all our members in the fight against COVID-19 to save lives as well as the livelihood of every foundryman and woman.  We are committed to continue all efforts to support our members, students and customers through this difficult time.

FOUNDRY SAND

The SAIF on behalf of our members and members of industry in collaboration with AFSA and NFTN submitted an application to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in efforts to exclude spent foundry sand as a hazardous waste product.
 
The initial report tabled a sample of 30 tests conducted at various foundries across South Africa; 28 samples showed the sand to be non-hazardous and two samples labelled as hazardous. It was concluded that in order to accurately table changes to the legislation, the sample pool would need to be expanded.
 
SAIF will continue to engage with the NFTN to establish a sufficient programme and apply the necessary resources needed to facilitate this initiative.
 
Within our means, we will continue to lobby on behalf of our members for change to relax the current criteria for hazardous waste classifications.  Taking into consideration the two foundries identified from the first report, SAIF together with our industry partners will focus on assisting these foundries to action a new strategy in dealing with their waste sand.
 
The long term goal remains to facilitate exclusion of spent foundry sand as a hazardous waste for the entire industry.

SAIF MEMBERS GOLF DAY

A member’s survey was conducted to establish the appetite to host our annual golf day. Various in-depth discussions were held and the feedback received from members proved a positive outlook on current and future industry and SAIF events. Though players have been advised of some specific restrictions under the current COVID-19 lockdown regulations, at least 20 members have committed to support the event.
Our priority remains focussed on the safety of our members at any SAIF event and adherence to government regulations.
 
Based on the positive feedback received from our members, the SAIF is pleased to advise that the Annual Members’ Golf Day will take place on Thursday, 12 November 2020 at Reading Country Club taking into consideration the legislated rules of engagement for the event.
 
For more information on leisure activities, corporate golf days and fundraising events (golf), please visit the South African Golfers Association on www. golfrsa.co.za

2019 SAIF Golf Day
 

The SAIF Annual Golf Day bookings is exclusive for paid up members only. Contact Marina Biljojn at SAIF Office on 011 559-6455 or email mbiljon@uj.ac.za to book a four ball and / or sponsored watering hole.
 
Bookings will close on Friday, 16 October 2020. Limited bookings available.
 
Cost:
R 2,500.00 per Four-Ball
R 1,000.00 per T-Box Sponsorship
R 1,500.00 per Watering Hole Sponsorship
 
Due to COVID-19 regulations, there will be no dinner this year. Prize giving will be announced at a later date.

UPCOMING TRAINING

SAIF  Foundry Technology Programme
Short Courses: Gauteng
Quarter 3
19 September  – 28 November 2020
 
1. Quality Control
2. Casting Design & Methods
3. Supervisory Management

TECHNICAL PRESENTATION EVENING 

We are pleased to invite members to attend a technical presentation evening on Tuesday, 13 October 2020 presented by Andrew McFarlane from Ametex (Pty) Ltd. The technical presentation evening will take place at Reading Country Club, Fore Street Alberante Alberton at 18:00.

Please confirm your attendance no later than Friday, 9 October 2020. Contact Marina Biljon on 011 559-6455 or email mbiljon@uj.ac.za to book your seat.
 
Due to COVID-19 regulations, seats will be limited and all prescribed safety measures will be followed to ensure the safety of all visitors to the event.

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

To participate in an Occupational Health and Safety Training
The MerSETA is providing funding for a 1 day Occupational Health and Safety for front line workers and COVID-19 Task Team Committee. The maximum grant value per learner is R982.30. Any cost above this grant value will be borne by the applicant. For more information send a mail to covid19@merseta.org.za

STEEL MASTER PLAN

Government has long advocated that the manufacturing sector of the South African economy is vital to the country and adds a significant percentage to the GDP, as well as employing many citizens both directly and indirectly. It therefore resulted in the creation of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP). The metals and engineering sector is extremely diverse and faced with many challenges especially in the steel Sub-sector and furthermore the Foundry industry. To read more about the Steel Master Plan click here

WAGE FRONT UPDATE

We are aware of the developments regarding industry wage negotiations. Employers as well as employees of industry are represented by various professional associations, that are mandated to negotiate on these matters on behalf of their members. We are aware of the importance of these negotiations and will report on the developments in our next newsletter.

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