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FLIC: Awaiting final step before starting

Published: 13th Mar 2017
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor

Pretoria (SA) – The Footwear & Leather Industries Cluster (FLIC), approved by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in January as the replacement for the National Footwear & Leather Cluster (NFLC), has still to be registered as a legal entity before it can start operating, but its focus will be on “enabling interventions” – primarily in education and training, and creating value chains.

        Where the NFLC had its own premises at Vaal University of Technology in Sebokeng, including a footwear factory, FLIC will assist its 4 founder members – the sub-national/regional clusters – with their projects, and encourage the formation of other, similar clusters.

        The 4 members are: the Exotic Leather SA (ELSA), the Footwear & Leather Goods Regional Cluster/Durban (aka ‘the Mr Price cluster’), the Fast Track Regional Footwear Cluster (the ‘TFG/Eddels cluster’), and the Southern Cape Regional Footwear Cluster.

        At their first meeting, the members appointed Ernest Heunis as interim manager. He was acting GM of the NFLC after the decision was taken to shut it down.

        The NFLC is still under forensic audit by the IDC.

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