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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol. 4 No. 39, Oct 1, 2018

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SARS to tighten tariff headings for safety footwear

Pretoria (SA) – Safety footwear with non-metallic protective toecaps is to have new tariff headings from January 1, according to the SAR Revenue Service. The move is to measure the imports of safety footwear which are currently coming in under the radar of local manufacturers trying to keep tabs on imports, and SARS says the change is at the request of the Southern African Footwear & Leather Industries Association (SAFLIA).
       Gumboots with metal toecaps fall under the heading 6401.10, with the product description 'footwear incorporating a protective metal toe-cap', but at present gumboots with protective toecaps made of non-metallic materials fall under 6401.9, with the product description 'other'. That category includes all other fully-moulded footwear.
       In future, non-metallic safety toecap gumboots will fall under the tariff heading 6401.99.10, with the product description 'incorporating a protective toecap of other material (e.g. fibreglass, Kevlar or carbon fibre),with an impact strength of 200 Joules or more'.
       Leather safety footwear with metal toecaps comes in under tariff heading 6403.40, while leather safety footwear with non-metallic protective toecaps falls under 6403.9. That footwear will fall under 6403.99.40, with the same product description as the non-metallic safety gumboots.
       Safety footwear with textile uppers falls under 2 tariff headings: If they have outer soles of rubber or plastic, and metal toecaps, the tariff heading is 6404.19.17, and if they have soling of leather or composition leather, the heading is 6404.20.40. From January, safety footwear in these categories with non-metallic toecaps will fall under 6404.19.19 and 6404.20.50 respectively.



SABS mending fences

Pretoria (SA) – The SA Bureau of Standards' Johan Louw, executive, laboratory services, and Thabo Sepuru, acting GM, chemicals & materials, will be in KZN to meet BBF Safety Group, Dick Whittington Shoes and Neptun Boot on Tuesday and Wednesday this week as part of the SABS's campaign to repair relationships with clients. In the case of footwear, local safety footwear manufacturers and manufacturers supplying footwear for government tenders have been its principal customers.


FLIC to start up shortly

Pretoria (SA) – The Footwear & Leather Industry Cluster (FLIC), the replacement for the National Footwear & Leather Cluster, has finally been signed off by the Department of Trade & Industry, which means the Industrial Development Corporation will release funds for its operation. It is expected to start within a month.
       Unlike its predecessor, which employed multiple staff and included a fully-equipped footwear factory at the Vaal University of Technology, and which was shut down by the IDC because of financial mismanagement, FLIC will oversee projects run by other clusters.
       It will be run by Ernest Heunis as GM, with Jonathan Hallowes assisting.



Jumbo Clothing expanding

East London (SA) – The Eastern Cape-based Jumbo Clothing chain has been expanding outside of its home province into the Northern Cape, Western Cape, Gauteng and NW Province, and opened its 80th store in Balfour Mall, Highlands North in Johannesburg on Friday. It has opened around 20 stores in the last year, and will open 3 more stores, in Potchefstroom, Pretoria West and Atteridgeville, before year end.
       Kholosa Mngeni joined the buying department in August from the Spitz Group. The other buyers are Marc Whittington, who has been with the company for a year, and Yolande Sebe.



Africa Fashion Exchange

On the Angelsoft stand, Ashley Ramlakan, Matthew Hansen and Antoine Lailvaux.

Durban (SA) – 2 footwear manufacturers, Angelsoft and Labora Shoes, took part in the Africa Fashion Exchange exhibition organised by the KZN Fashion Council, which ran from Thursday to Saturday last week. Both used the show to display footwear which would not normally be part of their ranges. Angelsoft had crocodile, ostrich and hair-on leather shoes, and Labora showed its newly launched iChume brand. Both remarked on the interest from the clothing designers in their unusual styling.

On the Labora stand, Ziningi Mtshali, Purval Irkhede and Yurissa Pillay.



Death Notice

Durban (SA) – Mano Chetty, formerly of machinery supplier Paul Moeller & Co, died last Thursday, September 27, aged 56. His funeral was on Saturday. An obituary will follow.


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They Said It

"Nah. You need pretty young things." - Gale Rice of Courteney Boot in response to a request for a photo to go with her comments in the Barometer in the S&V Footwear & Leather Goods magazine, coming out tomorrow.

"I’m down for Mano’s service tomorrow, Saturday.  Been a day.  Byo Jhb flight departure delayed, and then the pilot warned us that a serious thunderstorm was brewing over Jhb so we’d have an interesting journey in.  And so it was.  Spectacular boiling frothing columns and towers of clouds, and our pilot weaved and banked around them so it was a thrilling ride.  Not so thrilling thereafter though.  Driving slashing rain and a long delay in the terminal before getting on the bus for the Dbn plane, then from the bus to the plane in the rain - we were all soaked.  We sat on the tarmac for another hour in a queue to get out of there.  Once we’d taken off the pilot told us that planes were being diverted and we had only just got out of there in time.  So, very late into King Shaka." - Gale again. She made the trip from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, especially for the funeral of Mano Chetty (see death notice).


Exchange rates


  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
18/08/2018 R16.75 R18.67 R14.64 R2.13
25/08/2018 R16.56 R18.29 R14.23 R2.09
01/09/2018 R17.09 R19.07 R14.72 R2.15
08/09/2018 R17.64 R19.71 R15.26 R2.23
15/09/2018 R17.37 R19.54 R14.94 R2.17
22/09/2018 R16.82 R18.72 R14.33 R2.08
29/09/2018 R16.46 R18.47 R14.17 R2.06




01/10/1954: Essop Kader, Kaytex Belts, Pretoria.
01/10/1960: Amanda McCarthy, Groundcover Leather Company, Curry’s Post.
01/10/1964: Steven Broughton, African Hide Trading, Port Elizabeth.
02/10/1936: Cyril Saxe, Lonshoe Holdings, Cape Town.
02/10/1964: Mano Nair, Shoe Quip, Pinetown.
02/10/1947: Ronnie Ackermann, Curio City, Knysna.
02/10/1962: Johan Bezuidenhout, Hidskin Processors, Johannesburg.
03/10/1969: André van der Merwe, Oasis Tanning, Krugersdorp.
03/10/1948: Mike Hiss, Chanti Belt/Michael Hiss Agencies, Durban.
03/10/1969: Robby Stoller, Dangee Corporation, Johannesburg.
04/10/1964: Nelson Govender, Prisaan Footwear, Pinetown.
07/10/1969: Gunnar Halbich, Paul Moeller & Co, Cape Town.


In Memoriam this week

02/10/1998: Sarel Roets, Leatherite, Pretoria.
06/10/2016: Ernie Aaron (b. 21/05/1922), agent, Durban.

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ABSA Agri Trends 14/09: Hides & skins prices

The average hide price over the past week was R4.65/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 R30.00, and for Merino skins was R99.36.

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
10/08 5.32 34.44 87.10
23/08 5.34 36.00 91.00
07/09 4.61 35.45 95.18


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