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Source Africa 2017 promotes the Africa Advantage

Published: 3rd Apr 2017
Author: Deidre Harte; LTE

Cape Town (SA) – ‘Africa is on the Move’. A report from McKinsey & Co. saw African countries being mentioned for the first time in the list of top sourcing destinations for apparel, textiles and footwear. When survey respondents were asked if they plan to increase sourcing from African countries between now and 2020, the list of countries that were mentioned included South Africa, Mauritius, Lesotho, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, Egypt and Swaziland. There is also an increasing demand from African sourcing agents and retailers to source within the region as the benefits of intra-regional trade have become increasingly attractive. So, the timing is perfect to exhibit at Source Africa this year which will take place on 24 & 25 May 2017, CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa.

        Source Africa will be in its 5th year and has become an important trade event in Africa for the footwear, apparel and textile industries. It is rapidly becoming the ‘go-to’ event for international and regional buyers and industry professionals. Says William Scalco, Organiser of Source Africa, ‘We are marketing the event extensively to international and regional buyers from chain stores, independent retailers, mini-chains, sourcing agents, importers, distributors, production and factory managers and other important industry decision makers. Exhibitors already include country Pavilions from Mauritius (Enterprise Mauritius), Lesotho (Lesotho National Development Corporation), South Africa (TIKZN), Kenya (International Trade Centre and Trade Mark East Africa), Botswana (BITC) and individual participating from South Africa, Tanzania, Madagascar, Turkey, India, Lithuania, Poland to mention a few.


Source Africa Programme as @ 30 March 2017
Tuesday, 23 May 17:30pm – 20:00pm: Cocktail Reception
The who’s who in the industry will be attending including exhibitors, media, buyers, Trade Organisations and Industry Associations.

 Wednesday, 24 May 08:30am - 10:30am: Technology Sessions Presented by –
Jürgen Brockmann, Director, Thies GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Bruno Caffieri, Sales Manager, Picanol, Belgium
Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Germany
10:00am - 17:00pm: Source Africa Trade Show
11:00am - 17:00pm: Fashion Walks, Industry Presentations, Exhibitor Promotions

Thursday, 25 May 08:30am - 10:30am: WGSN Trendtalk Seminar: Menswear/Women’s Wear Spring/Summer 2018 Buyers’ Briefing
Presented by Sara Maggioni, Director of Retail, WGSN, United Kingdom
10:00am - 17:00: Source Africa Trade Show
11:00am - 17:00pm: Fashion Walks, Industry Presentations, Exhibitor Promotions

For more information, contact the Organisers, Lte – leaders in trade exhibitions, Tel: +27 21 790 5849, Email: To EXHIBIT or VISIT, register online at

Triple M Group sold

Published: 3rd Apr 2017
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor

Cape Town (SA) – Triple M Group founders Marius and Sue Mostert sold the business to undisclosed buyers as of March 1, and have retired.

        The wholesale division and retail brands Shoerama, Next Step and Shoeline fall under the umbrella of newly formed parent, Triple M Footwear Company.

        Jarene Boshoff, who spent 16 years with Ackermans in various merchandise portfolios, is CEO. She said all staff had remained.

        The group has 21 stores, with Shoerama the biggest footprint, “and we have plans to grow and expand our footprint and offer of ladies’ branded and unbranded footwear”. – [+27 (0)21 981 6030,]

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 @


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