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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.4 No.32, August 13, 2018

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Mr Tekkie set to start in November, Mostert confirms

The former Tekkie Town team will start their new business, Mr Tekkie, with about 15 stores, towards the end of November, former Tekkie Town CEO Bernard Mostert has confirmed.
       He said they would average 250 m² and would be spread around the country, in shopping centres, high streets and urban areas.
       "We've identified a very specific need in the market, which is not another version of what we had before. Without giving it away, it will be different in offering and service, and how we create a sales force that will bring that into reality".
       Although they had had "quite a few offers" to buy existing businesses, they had decided to start from scratch. "Also, we fully expect sooner or later to get Tekkie Town back through a court decision to reverse our transaction, and to manage both businesses," he said.
       "As a team, we have never set ourselves targets on how many stores we will open in a set period, or decided how big we want to grow. We want to go where the market wants us."
       He said they had bought the Mr Tekkie trade mark and logo, both of which had been registered in 1999, before Tekkie Town started.

 

 

Footwear strike 'over'

Durban (SA) – The footwear strike is more-or-less over.
       At their AGM on Monday last week, a majority of SAFLIA members voted in favour of increasing their offer on wages to 7.5%, matching NULAW's demand, but falling short of SACTWU's demand for an 8% increase.
       On Tuesday, Gerald Naidoo, general secretary of the National Bargaining Council, said the unions were still mulling the offer, including the wording of an amendment to the family responsibility leave clause of the wage agreement. On Friday, he said NULAW had accepted the agreement on Wednesday afternoon, but that SACTWU had not yet confirmed acceptance "due to the mandating process".
       The wage increase has been backdated to July 1, though workers will not be paid for days on which they were on strike.
       The family responsibility leave clause remains at 3 days per year, but the scope of the clause has been widened to allow a member leave when a spouse is "hospitalised or has a chronic/serious illness".

 

 

Ihlobo, Bata dispute goes to arbitration

Pietermaritzburg (SA) – The dispute between Ihlobo Footwear cc and Bata SA (Pty) Ltd over the termination of an agreement between them has been referred to arbitration.
       In a judgment handed down on Friday, Justice Vahed ruled: "The principal dispute that will be the subject of the arbitration will be the determination of such damages (if any) allegedly sustained by the applicant during any period or periods up to an including (but not beyond) 28 February 2019."
       Ihlobo will also argue that the 30-day termination period in the contract is unenforceable and should be extended to 12 months. Bata will argue that its terminations on March 1 and April 24 were valid.
       In addition, Justice Vahed ruled that the contempt application by Ihlobo on June 22 was upheld, and that Bata was directed to pay costs. See the ruling here.

 

 

DTI's Abisha Tembo to retire

Pretoria (SA) – Abisha Peter Tembo, chief director, industrial development division (IDD) textiles, clothing, leather & footwear at the Department of Trade & Industry, retires at the end of September.
       In accordance with government regulations, his position has been advertised.

 

Jensen moves

Cape Town (SA) – Jensen Belts has moved its head office and factory from Maitland to Jensen Park, 13 Blomvlei Road, Lansdowne, 7780. Its telephone line remains the same - +27 (0)21 510 8710.

 

 

They Said It

"I had year end to do. It was quite nice to sit and do it quietly." - CC Leather admin manager Catherine Bassage, on the strike, adding: ""What makes you think I could go on strike?""

 

Exchange rates

Source: http://www.x-rates.com/calculator/

 
  Euro € GBP £ US $ Yuan Renminbi ¥
11/12/2017 R15.82 R17.99 R13.40 R2.03
05/01/2018 R14.86 R16.69 R12.33 R1.90
13/01/2018 R15.14 R17.03 R12.41 R1.92
22/01/2018 R14.76 R16.75 R12.08 R1.88
26/01/2018 R14.74 R16.79 R11.86 R1.87
05/02/2018 R14.96 R16.89 R12.02 R1.91
12/02/2018 R14.64 R16.51 R11.95 R1.88
16/02/2018 R14.43 R16.30 R11.63 R1.83
23/02/2018 R14.19 R16.12 R11.54 R1.82
05/03/2018 R14.60 R16.39 R11.85 R1.86
12/03/2018 R14.58 R16.43 R11.82 R1.86
16/03/2018 R14.72 R16.70 R11.97 R1.89
23/03/2018 R14.53 R16.60 R11.75 R1.86
03/03/2018 R14.58 R16.62 R11.83 R1.88
11/04/2018 R14.75 R16.91 R11.93 R1.90
16/04/2018 R14.89 R17.23 R12.04 R1.91
23/04/2018 R14.99 R17.11 R12.27 R1.94
30/04/2018 R15.06 R17.16 R12.47 R1.96
07/05/2018 R14.96 R16.98 R12.55 R1.97
14/05/2018 R14.60 R16.54 R12.21 R1.92
22/05/2018 R14.84 R16.92 R12.61 R1.97
28/05/2018 R14.47 R16.55 R12.43 R1.94
04/06/2018 R14.70 R16.78 R12.54 R1.95
11/06/2018 R15.46 R17.55 R13.10 R2.04
18/06/2018 R15.63 R17.83 R13.45 R2.09
25/06/2018 R15.89 R18.05 R13.60 R2.07
02/07/2018 R16.10 R18.18 R13.87 R2.08
09/07/2018 R15.79 R17.90 R13.41 R2.02
16/07/2018 R15.45 R17.50 R13.19 R1.97
23/07/2018 R15.82 R17.72 R13.52 R1.99
28/07/2018 R15.36 R17.26 R13.17 R1.93
04/08/2018 R15.40 R17.31 R13.31 R1.94
11/08/2018 R16.11 R18.02 R14.11 R2.06

 

 

 

15/08/19??: Bob McDonald, retired, formerly Budget Footwear [closed], Durban.
16/08/1957: Paul McMillan, Reflex, George.
16/08/1961: Alan Hornby, Topline Agencies, Cape Town.
17/08/1939: Mike di Lembo, Villani Shoes, Johannesburg.
17/08/1959: Berkly Lupton, Apeco, Johannesburg.
17/08/1972: Alistair Watt, Bresan Footwear, Pietermaritzburg.
18/08/19??: Robbie Blom, Leisure Holdings, Durban.
18/08/1958: Mike Wallace, agent, Cape Town.
18/08/1961: Braam Pretorius, ?, formerly Watson Shoes, Great Brak River.
18/08/1971: Rooksana Moosa, Mozak Shoes, Amanzimtoti.
19/08/1959: Luis de Freitas, Leather Leisure, Welkom.
19/08/1979: Suran Sukdav, Ornella Footwear, Durban.

 

In Memoriam this week

15/08/2011: Geoffrey Leonard Keane-Murphy (b. 08/03/1927), consultant, Durban.
15/08/2011: Newton Wade (b. 16/06/1925), Panama Shoes [closed], Durban.
15/08/2015: MH Moosaji, Trendsetters, KwaDukuza.
16/08/1997: Ed Aubin, agent, Port Elizabeth.
16/08/2012: Margaret Jordaan (b. 15/01/1931), Centra-Cast, Durban.
17/08/2016: Alan Sykes (b.17/10/1945), Western Tanning [now Mossop Western Tanning] and Corium [closed], Wellington.
18/08/2016: Christian Meyer (b. 16/12/1936), Jack & Jill [closed], Port Elizabeth.
19/08/2002: Dick Ilsley (b.11/12/1921), BUSM [closed], Durban.

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ABSA Agri Trends 10/08: Hides & skins prices

The average hide price over the past week was R5.32/kg green. NB* Hide prices are determined by the average of the RMAA (Red Meat Abattoir Association) and independent companies. The average price for Dorper skins was R34.44, and for Merino skins was R87.10.

Hide & skin price progression
Date Hides/Kg Dorper/Skin Merino Skin
19/01 15.34 45.56 81.38
24/01 15.17 40.92 89.52
31/01 15.10 46.00 94.55
14/02 14.65 47.33 95.29
15/03 14.25 39.30 78.75
24/03 14.13 45.27 94.45
28/03 14.07 45.27 94.45
04/04 14.83 41.92 87.58
11/04 14.68 41.92 84.12
19/04 14.77 43.85 92.32
25/04 14.75 41.25 92.27
04/05 14.79 43.33 92.69
10/05 14.75 40.50 88.41
16/05 14.58 40.83 90.96
31/05 14.62 40.50 87.95
09/06 14.58 41.82 96.35
23/06 14.40 40.42 101.25
29/06 14.30 41.36 98.44
07/07 14.33 43.33 100.94
13/07 14.37 44.44 114.58
28/07 14.14 43.64 97.50
04/08 14.16 43.69 99.64
14/08 14.08 38.99 92.75
18/08 13.70 43.18 98.96
25/08 13.93 43.75 100.96
01/09 13.14 44.09 101.25
08/09 12.88 41.82 100.83
21/09 12.64    
03/10 12.50    
11/10 12.52    
20/10 12.23 39.30 110.23
27/10 12.12 37.30 94.32
02/11 12.19    
10/11 12.24 37.00 101.75
30/11 11.82 32.56 94.25
07/12 11.76 35.50 92.50
14/12 11.53 35.50 91.86
02/02 10.39 32.50 92.22
09/02 10.17 33.13 91.27
16/02 9.94 32.50 88.26
16/02 9.94 32.50 88.26
16/03 9.62 33.75 90.50
23/03 9.56 32.22 87.63
06/04 8.86 36.67 82.50
13/04 8.98 35.00 81.25
23/04 8.40 35.13 86.00
26/04 8.18 34.13 86.11
07/05 7.89 33.33 83.13
18/05 7.71 33.50 82.22
25/05 7.78 31.38 86.06
01/06 7.74 30.71 95.89
08/06 7.43 31.67 87.50
15/06 7.67 32.11 87.40
22/06 7.60 32.50 86.70
29/06 7.13 32.78 86.50
06/07 7.04 32.14 86.67
27/07 5.85 40.56 96.83

 

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Show your interest and email your CV as well as the area you are covering to:
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We are catering for Corporate/Outdoor Outlets/Lodges and Curio Shops.

We are looking for reliable new outlets to carry our prestigious range. The customers we are currently supplying, might not be included in the area you can cover.

Commission is market related.




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