Notice in response to current COVID-19 status in South Africa – SAIF activities

The Board of Directors of the South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF) have sent out a notice to SAIF members and members of industry. The content relates to the current COVID-19 virus situation.

“Following the announcement made by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, 15 March 2020 in regards to the current outbreak of COVID-19 status in South Africa, the SAIF Board of Directors have taken the following decisions to support various precautionary measures in combating the spread of the virus within the SAIF community.”

“All current lectures currently taking place at the University of Johannesburg in Doornfontein as well as training taking place on site at foundries in and around the Gauteng area are suspended with immediate effect. We estimate that classes will resume on Saturday 25th April 2020, however we will consult with the University and management of the foundries where training is currently taking place on further developments and will confirm actual dates closer to the time.”

Technical presentation evenings
“There will be no technical presentation evening or workshops for March, April and May 2020. Further communication on a possible extension on the above will follow any new restrictions implemented by the South African government.”

Annual audit for 2019 financial year
“After consulting with the auditors, the annual audit for 2019 financial period will take place in July 2020. The SAIF remains committed to adhere to the regulations prescribed by SARS and the Companies Act and we can confirm that the decision to postpone the audit is not in violation of any regulations in regards to submission of annual financial reports.”

Annual General Meeting for SAIF members
“The AGM for SAIF members will no longer take place in May 2020, but provisionally moves to August 2020.”

Annual Awards Dinner 2020
“In keeping with tradition, the SAIF Annual Awards Dinner is held in the month after the AGM and therefore taking the above-mentioned changes into consideration, will be scheduled to take place in September 2020.”

SAIF office operation
“Management at the University of Johannesburg have decided to suspend all activities for students and academic staff at all the campuses. However, they have advised that for the present moment, support staff will still be allowed access to the campus. As the SAIF office is based at the Metal Casting Technology Station, we abide in principle by the regulations of the MCTS. Unfortunately, no outside visitors will be allowed and therefore the SAIF office will not be able to attend to any customers or members in person.”

“Our office and operation will continue as normal, dependent on further developments and instructions from the university relating to access to the premises.”

SAIF annual golf day
“It is less than likely that the date scheduled for the SAIF Annual Golf Day (12th November 2020) will change, unless further developments are reported, which may have an impact on the original programme plan.”

“Following the announcement made by the President to declare a state of disaster we acknowledge and support the efforts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus and therefore encourage our members to practice good measures as outlined by the World Health Organisation.”

“The SAIF Board of Directors would like to extend our apologies for any inconvenience caused by the above changes made to the 2020 programme for SAIF activities and confirm our commitment to our members and the South African foundry industry.”

“We thank you for your patience and understanding in this regard. Please do not hesitate to contact the SAIF office should you require any additional information in this regard.”