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Footwear Industry News

Busby to shut Nine West and Mango

Published: 27th Mar 2017
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor

According to a report in Business Day on March 23, the House of Busby Group will close all free-standing Nine West and Mango stores by the end of this month.

It quoted head of marketing Leane Adolph as saying the group was altering its portfolio to match domestic needs.

        “The company regularly reviews the portfolio’s performance and relevance to market and decided to move the Mango business into the store-in-store concept within Edgars. Similarly, with Nine West, we will keep a wholesale presence [for handbags] in the SA market through Edgars,” she said.

        The House of Busby owns the exclusive rights to both Mango and Nine West. The Nine West licence was acquired in 1999 and, until recently, had 13 stand-alone stores throughout the country. Nine West sells footwear, handbags, eyewear and accessories.

        The Mango licence was acquired in 2006 and there were nine stand-alone stores in SA. Mango now has 35 store-in-stores in Edgars stores nationwide. Mango sells apparel and accessories. Adolph said that rumours of Busby coming under business rescue were untrue, adding it was not expected that there would be any job losses as a result of the decision to close shop for the brands as affected staff would be accommodated within the group’s structures.

FLIC: Awaiting final step before starting

Published: 20th Mar 2017
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor

Correction: Last week’s article contained inaccuracies

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, creating value chains, technology, manufacturing best practices and systems and governance issues for the Footwear, Leather-Goods and Leather Industries in South Africa.

        FLIC will assist not only its 4 founder members – the sub-national/regional clusters – with their projects, and encourage the formation of other similar clusters, but the footwear, leather and leather-goods industry in South Africa at large.

        The 4 founding 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 and they will make up the interim Board of FLIC

        Once the non-profit company has been established other industry role-players and stakeholders will be invited to become members and the FLIC Board will be expanded to be representative of the entire industry.

        At the founding meeting, also attended by representatives of the dti and IDC, 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 and no decision has been taken on what will happen to the assets of the now defunct NFLC.

Source Africa 2017

Published: 20th Mar 2017
Author: Deidre Harte; LTE

Large African delegations to exhibit at South Africa's Footwear, Textile & Apparel Sourcing Trade Event in May

Cape Town (SA) – Source Africa, the world-class sourcing event that supports the growth and development of business, trade and economic opportunities in Africa, will take place on 24 & 25 May at the CTICC in Cape Town.  More than 1,500 professional decision makers will convene at the CTICC to showcase their latest ranges, products and services. The event will feature over 180 exhibitors interested in growing their exports. Countries represented already include South Africa, Mauritius, Lesotho, Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Egypt, West Africa, USA, UK, Germany, Lithuania, Turkey, India to mention a few.

        Source Africa will bring together footwear, textile, garment and fashion accessory manufacturers, buyers, suppliers and services providers in one integrated event, enabling International and African buyers to view and explore an extensive array of products and services.

          Enterprise Mauritius (EM) will lead a major delegation of 30 enterprises. The main objective behind their participation is to maintain their visibility as the ‘Preferred Next Door Partner’ and to boost exports to South Africa.

          Lesotho National Development Corporation (LNDC) will also be showcasing the best Lesotho has to offer. A Lesotho Apparel Buyer’s Summit is planned prior to Source Africa and the full programme will be announced soon.

        International Trade Centre (ITC) and Trade Mark East Africa will be exhibiting with 10 women owned manufacturers for the first time from Kenya and a series of top class international business seminars will be hosted by WGSN (United Kingdom), UL (Germany), Picanol (Belgium) and Thies (Germany).

        Africa will play an increasingly important role in the footwear, textile and apparel industries over the next decade. International buyers are showing stronger interest and the African industry is showing an increased ability to meet demand with world class capabilities that are getting better every day.

        If you would like to EXHIBIT at Source Africa, contact the Organisers on Tel: +27 21 790 5849 or Email:, Visit the Show Website @


NULAW ‘fully committed’ to SARS forum

Published: 20th Mar 2017
Author: Ashley Benjamin; General Secretary; NULAW

Pretoria (SA) – It is rather regrettable that SAFLIA adopted a stance to withdraw from this important forum. NULAW fully supports the efforts by SARS Customs Fraud unit to combat illegal imports and under invoicing despite its current challenges.

        NULAW have attempted over the past three years to convince SAFLIA to agree to develop a reference pricing system for the Footwear Industry which in our view will assist to curb the influx of illegal importation of footwear and under invoicing. If managed properly could result in increased local orders, decent job creation and increased revenue for government.

        As Labour we [are] fully committed to work with SARS to commence with a reference pricing system for the local Footwear sector with or without the support of SAFLIA. Our interaction with some of the CEO’s signals support for a reference pricing system as it will derive benefits for the local industry.

        NULAW finds it very strange why SAFLIA selectively choose to accept government support in terms of grants and incentives but is reluctant to agree to a reference pricing system as in the case of clothing and textiles.  We are still hopeful that the SAFLIA leadership will reconsider their current stance. – [+27 (0)31  206 0105,]

SACTWU suspends anti-illegal imports protests

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

Cape Town (SA) – The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has suspended its planned series of protests outside SA Revenue Services (SARS) offices “intended to demonstrate our extreme unhappiness with the crisis of illegal imports flooding into South Africa which SARS has stopped effectively policing over the past two years or so”, according to a release from general secretary Andre Kriel.

        SACTWU held a protest outside the SARS head office in Pretoria last Friday, and had planned another 18 protests outside regional and branch offices around the country, as well as at harbours and other ports of entry, up to the end of March.
        It has suspended the campaign pending a meeting with SARS on April 12.

        SACTWU believes up to R4 billion worth of import duties on clothing and footwear imports from China are lost annually because SARS is not policing imports effectively.

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