Cancelling a contract via email

May 11, 2017

Most contracts have a standard “non-variation” clause incorporated towards the end of the document. This clause normally states that no variation or consensual cancellation of the agreement entered into will be of any legal force or effect unless it is reduced to writing and signed by all parties to the agreement. The clause seems simple […]

The importance of the JBCC preliminaries

May 11, 2017

There is a general misconception about the purpose and use of the JBCC Preliminaries document. Commonly referred to by contractors as “Ps and Gs”, the JBCC document was compiled to cover all those items specific to the project but which are not referred to in detail in the contract document. It is intended that the preliminaries be […]

The pitfalls of tendering

May 11, 2017

When it comes to tendering, is it not true that we have stagnated in our thinking and that we should think “out of the box” just for once? Coming back to the mundane and tedious process of preparing and submitting a competitive tender, we look at some of the pitfalls of tendering and other issues  that […]

Facts about the Employment Equity Act

May 11, 2017

In terms of the Employment Equity Act, annual reports must be submitted by all employers who employ 50 or more employees, or employers with fewer than 50 employees who are designated in terms of the turnover threshold. If you employ fewer than 50 employees and your annual turnover is below the threshold of R15-million, you […]

Electronic CoC makes contractors’ work simpler

May 11, 2017

Wouldn’t it be great if, the next time you have to issue a Certificate of Compliance (CoC), all the repetitive data such as your registration, ID number and contact details were already filled in beforehand and all you need to do is to complete the site-related information? The good news is that the ECA’s new […]

The importance of agreeing on a retirement age

May 11, 2017

Mandatory retirement – also known as enforced retirement – is the set age at which people who hold certain jobs or offices are required by industry custom or by law to leave their employment, or retire. Typically, mandatory retirement is justified by the argument that certain occupations are either too dangerous or that they require […]

What is a “standard test finger” tester?

May 11, 2017

There are four references to the “standard test finger” in the current Wiring Code: Fundamental Requirements Clause 5.1.1 – Live parts: It shall not be possible to touch any live part within arm’s reach with the Standard Test Finger (SANS 60529/IEC 60529/SABS IEC 60529) … Wireways Clause (k): …Where it is accessible to the public, protection […]

The role of the ECA(SA) as a statutory body

April 24, 2017

  It costs money to employ experts to deal with the ever-present labour issues. Members of the ECA do not need to employ HR practitioners or industrial relations specialists. The association provides guidance and support to make junior practitioners fit the purpose. We have experts and experienced practitioners of human relations and Labour Law, including […]

Collective Amending Agreement: new terms and conditions of employment

April 24, 2017

  As the electrical contracting industry is aware, the parties to the National Bargaining Council for the Electrical Industry of South Africa (NBCEISA), the Electrical Contractors Association of South Africa, or ECA(SA), which represents employers, and the South African Equity Union, which represents organised labour, concluded a new Collective Amending Agreement, which defines new terms […]

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