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South African & East African Footwear and Leather Goods, Leather and PPE industry news.

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.

SAFLIA: Import forum ‘going nowhere’

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

The Southern African Footwear & Leather Industries Association (SAFLIA) had already lost confidence in the SARS. Late last year executive director Jirka Vymetal told the CTFL Industry Forum – a body chaired by SARS and intended to discuss illegal/undervalued imports and similar issues – that he would no longer attend its meetings as they were “achieving nothing”. At a meeting on January 23 with Helena Tripmaker, the senior SARS official on the forum and her team, he said the clothing-dominated forum was “going nowhere” for the footwear industry. Both unions were also invited to this meeting, but neither attended. Vymetal said he felt the structure “needed to be revisited”.

This is a developing story. More to follow.

Stuttafords: Rescue plan approved

Published: 13th Mar 2017
Author: Neil Miller; partner; Mazars

Johannesburg (SA) – The amended business rescue plan was voted and approved by Creditors and Shareholders last Wednesday so we are in the process of implementing the said plan which we envisage will be finalised by mid to end April. – [+27 (0)21 818 5074,]

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.

China/DTI offer sports footwear design, technology training

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

Pretoria (SA) – The Department of Trade & Industry has arranged with China for 30 South Africans, who are already in the footwear industry, to be trained in sports footwear design and manufacturing technology in China.

The 28-day course will be paid for by the Chinese Government. Successful applicants will need to pay for their own visa cost. For further information, contact Simon Sello Mello at the DTI. - +27 (0)12 394 1175,]

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