About LEIA

Find out about the association

The LEIA were established in 1947 and are registered with the Department of Labour as an employers’ organisation and are dedicated to serve the interest of employers in the metals and engineering sector.

The LEIA is federated to the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA), who acts as an agent for the 18 registered employers’ organisations at a national level in the Metal and Engineering industry.

As a company in the Metal and Engineering industry companies are required in terms of the Labour Relations Act to be registered with the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC).

By joining the LEIA and becoming a party employer, you will effectively be given a “voice” as an employer in a very complex industry.

The LEIA represents the interests of member companies in all industry negotiations with the industry’s trade unions, not only on wages and other conditions of employment but also on the industry’s benefit funds which provide benefits to employees such as pensions, permanent disability and sick pay benefits.

Members of the Association meet quarterly including the Annual General Meeting and meet more often should the need arise. The Executive Committee of the Association is elected at the Annual General Meeting and is responsible for the management of the affairs of LEIA between General Meetings.

Members of the Executive Committee meet in between general meetings and among issues addressed regularly are:

  • Membership and finances
  • Labour matters including MEIBC issues and Industrial Relations matters
  • Proposed amendments to, and existing labour legislation and its impact on employment practices
  • Commercial, economic and political matters impacting on business
  • Industry wage negotiations with the Trade unions
  • Skills, training and keeping a watching brief on the activities of the Metal and Engineering and Related Services Seta (Merseta)

The LEIA’s Key Objectives:

  • regulate relations between members, employees and trade unions;
  • represent members interests in industry negotiations over wages;
  • promote, support and/ or oppose proposed legislation posing a threat to the interests of its members;
  • further the interests of the industry through public relations activities;
  • obtain, collate and distribute relevant information from the industry to its members;
  • promote the interests of membership; and
  • create awareness and access to all of the benefits of being affiliated to SEIFSA (seifsa.co.za).

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

LEIA Chairperson:

Venessa Sanders
Macsteel Service Centres SA (Pty) Ltd

LEIA Vice – Chairperson:

Elias Monareng
MiTek Industries South Africa (Pty) Ltd

LEIA Executive Committee Member:

Alfie Hoole
Clear Creek Trading 167 (Pty) Ltd t/a Wireforce

LEIA Executive Committee Member:

Ancherien du Plessis
Howden Africa (Pty) Ltd

LEIA Executive Committee Member:

Bavisha Ravgee
ASSA ABLOY (SA) (Pty) Ltd

LEIA Executive Committee Member:

Chantal Lombard
BSI Steel (Pty)Ltd

LEIA Executive Committee Member:

Tuna Bam
The South African Mint Company (RF) (Pty) Ltd

LEIA Executive Committee Member:

George Mdlalose
Dutton Plastics Engineering (Pty) Ltd

LEIA Executive Committee Member:

Ishmael Madalane
Rocbolt Technologies (Pty) Ltd

LEIA Executive Committee Member:

Tony Joseph
Team Plating Works cc

LEIA Executive Committee Member:

Lyna May
Macsteel Service Centres SA (Pty) Ltd

LEIA Executive Committee Member:

Melissa Johnson
Element Six (Production) (Pty) Ltd

LEIA Executive Committee Member:

Nicolene de Villiers
Electrolux South Africa(Pty) Ltd

LEIA Executive Committee Member:

Oupa Moshoadiba
GZ Industries South Africa

LEIA Executive Committee Member:

Vanessa Naidoo
Macsteel Service Centres SA (Pty) Ltd

LEIA Executive Committee Member:

Netashia Imrith
Wispeco (Pty) Ltd

LEIA Executive Committee Member:

Rebecca Makgopa
Wispeco (Pty) Ltd

Become part of the Association that looks after the interests of your industry.

The Light Engineering Industries Association of South Africa (LEIA) is registered with the Department of Labour as an independent Employers’ Organisation and is federated to the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA).