The procurement process is initiated by prospective employers, who stipulate criteria for the selection of future employees. TEBA Limited then locates work seekers fitting the stipulated profile. Employers may then, if desired, travel to a TEBA office and make the final selection after an interview, or they may request TEBA to prepare an offer of engagement that the work seeker will sign.
Workers may be engaged from the Republic of South Africa or from Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland and Botswana. In the case of non-South African nationals, TEBA will ensure work permits are obtained and that the requirements of the Immigration Act (of South Africa) are adhered to. Employees may also be assisted with transport to places of employment.
A newly launched service attracts skilled workers to apply for membership of a skills database. This database is used to recruit higher-skilled workers such as artisans. In respect of foreign workers, TEBA arranges attestation, temporary residence and work permits annually, in accordance with inter-governmental agreements.
The mining industry is placing a greater emphasis on recruiting employees from settlements in urban areas and TEBA is using the Labour Placement Service (LPS) to assist this process.
Annually, 234 000 mineworkers are serviced on behalf of TEBA's shareholders. A further 26 000 employees of contractors to the mining industry are also serviced. Approximately 60% of TEBA's income derives from recruitment, placement and post-employment services.
With the high number of foreign work seekers in RSA and the high incidence of forged documentation, TEBA provides an unsophisticated, yet effective, screening service which:
All work seekers' demographic and geographic details are captured and maintained on a centralised database. A comprehensive work history is built up and maintained over time. Each person is allocated a unique industry number, which is based on fingerprint classification and remains with the individual throughout the duration of his/her employment. This history is valuable in the verification of the duration of employment in the event of application for a Long Service Award. Employers are also provided with statistical and other reports derived from the employee database (currently numbering 1.3 million).
On behalf of TEBA Limited's clients, record keeping will extend to the acquisition and retention of Employee Authority Certificates for compliance with the Immigration Act of South Africa (in the case of foreign workers). In conjunction with the above, a service is provided which maintains records of all contractor companies providing tender services to TEBA's shareholder clients.
TEBA maintains records of every employee (including senior employees) for purposes of updating Sentinel records (Mining Industry Retirement Fund).
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