Tax incentive to benefit young workers

  Government has introduced the Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) Bill as an incentive to employ young, inexperienced workers, thereby providing young people with work experience and reducing the high levels of youth unemployment. This initiative will run from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2016. The tax incentive amount can be deducted from the total […]

The bakkies of 2013

  “Time flies when you are having fun” and as far as bakkies are concerned, 2013 was really a fun year! The year was full of upgrades, make-overs and also new bakkies! There were unfortunately no Luminas, but to compensate, there were a Trailblazer, a Ford 3,2 l Ranger and a report on the Monster […]

Case study: 2013 Installation of the Year

  At the recent 2013 ECA(SA) Presidential Excellence Award ceremony, Standard Electrical’s installation at the Alexander Forbes Building, Sandton, was voted Installation of the Year: Office Blocks. The Alexander Forbes building in the Sandton commercial centre has 28 floors of excellent architecture and engineering brought to life by innovative contractors. There are 22 floors of […]

What to do when an employee resigns

  Resignation is different from a mutual separation agreement where the employer and employee agree to end the employment relationship. It is also different from dismissal of an employee due to misconduct, capacity or operational requirements, among others. Points to consider when dealing with resignation: When your employee resigns, you should accept his resignation in […]

Interview with the ECA(SA) president

Michael Straton On 14 November 2013, at the ECA(SA)’s annual general meeting, Michael Straton of Straton Engineering in Port Elizabeth was elected the association’s new president. In an interview with Vector’s, Straton said the association’s first organisational goal was consolidating and improving its service to its members. “It is important that we recognise our members […]

Calling up bank guarantees in demands

  There are a number of ways in which a party to a commercial agreement can secure the counter party’s contractual obligations. Security can take the form of guarantees, pledges and cessions in security, among others. Bank guarantees feature regularly, and are very often perceived as “standard” or “template” documents in respect of which little […]

Toets ‘n Bakkie: January 2013

Dirk Engelbrecht reports on the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show and the four-wheeled wonders on exhibit there… Download the Pdf

ECA(SA) elects new president

Following the ECA(SA) Presidential Excellence Award, at the association’s annual general meeting (AGM) on 14 November 2013, former president Dirk Engelbrecht stood down and Michael Straton of Port Elizabeth-based Straton Electrical was elected ECA(SA) president. Johnny Cunniff of Elkoin Electrical in Pretoria succeeded Straton as first vice-president. Straton is a member of the South Eastern Cape […]

2013 ECA(SA) Presidential Excellence Awards conferred in six categories

From left are Mark Mfikoe, Standard Electrical; Clint Erasmus, Besamandla; Elrid Pillay, Brand Engineering; Dr. Gahmiet Aysen, Cato Ridge Electrical and Bazil Govender, Edison Power. As reported in our EE-News newsletter of 13 November 2013, the 2013 Presidential Excellence Awards of the Electrical Contractors Association of South Africa ECA(SA) were conferred during a formal banquet […]

National director’s report: 2013

Jill Godden The financial year ending 30 June 2013 saw the ECA(SA) focus its efforts across a broad area to discharge its mandate. Having joined the ECA as the new national director on the cusp of the financial year-end gave me insight into the range of activities and assisted me in developing a better understanding […]