MBAWC INFORMATION BULLETIN | EDITION 34 | DAY 202

Dear Members

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced a short while ago that the National State of Disaster has been extended by another month until 15 November 2020 - see article below, and click HERE for the Directive.  

With Lockdown now on Day 202, we want to reiterate to all that it is imperative that we continue to adhere to the guidelines which have been extensively published around COVID-19.  As a reminder:



In other parts of the world, infections are once again on the increase (widely reported as a second/third wave) and to ensure that South Africa does not follow this trajectory, we ask that these guidelines be strictly adhered to in your homes, on your way to work and in your offices/on construction sites.  The South African infections are now close to 700 000 and deaths have topped 18000.  These are scary numbers.

Some good news that you may have seen this week, was that we concluded negotiations on a Wage Freeze, w.e.f. 1st November 2020 until the 30th April 2021. Coupled to the additional significant savings, resulting from the moratorium on the pension fund daily contribution, which will also apply to the same period, this has resulted in a win-win for both parties, with both Employees and Employers enjoying a payment holiday from the Pension Fund daily benefit contributions until 1st May 2021. The net result of this measure is a significant increase in "take-home" daily pay for the Employee and an equally significant C.T.C. daily saving for the Employer.
 
We would caution, however, that Employers take heed of the financial implication that 1st May 2021 will bring, with the 4% deferred wage increase coming into effect from that date, coupled to the resumption of the full Employers portion of the daily benefit Pension Fund contribution as well.  If you missed the announcement, please click HERE to view.
 
For those members who have settled their membership fees for 2020/2021, we greatly appreciate and thank you.  We do, however, have a relatively large amount of outstanding fees and we remind members of our Constitution, which states that membership fees must be settled by 1st November of each year, failing which The Association is within its rights to terminate membership.  If you are having cash flow problems, we invite you to contact our office and we will arrange a payment plan for you.



We thank all of you for your continued support and wish you all well in the year ahead.

Kind regards,

Allen Bodill
Executive Director
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HEALTH & SAFETY

A reminder of the webinar which will be held on 28th October 2020 at 11h00 via Zoom.  There is a nominal fee of R150.00 (excl. VAT) for attendance in order to cover the cost of the speakers. 

The webinar will cover the very interesting subject of optimising your health and wellness and how this impacts on productivity and performance.  This topic should be of interest to all and taking the advice they will impart will no doubt have a profound affect on your life.

Please click on the image below to register.

  
On behalf of the Management and Staff of MBAWC, we would like to extend our thanks to FEM for the kind donation of reusable cloth masks which are to be distributed to our members.  

If you wish to place an order, please contact our OHS team:

Deon Bester - 083 262 9868 - deon@mbawc.org.za
Siyabonga Mbinambina - 063 448 8421 - siyabonga@mbawc.org.za
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UPDATE AS AT 13 OCTOBER 2020