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ILO, DTIC and CIPC to study illegal imports, make recommendations to stop them

Published: 13th May 2024
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor

Pretoria, Gauteng, SA – The International Labour Organization (ILO) has partnered with the Department of Trade, Industry & Competition (DTIC) and the Companies & Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) to research illicit and illegal trade in counterfeit footwear and leather goods with a view to reducing them and bring relief to the sector in South Africa, Nii Moi Thompson, chief technical advisor of the ILO’s Productivity Ecosystems Project South Africa said in Durban last week during the ARSUTORIA Leather & Footwear workshop, which the ILO sponsored.

“The aim of the study is to help strengthen the local leather, footwear and leather goods value chain,” he said. “We got involved following a request from the DTIC as part of our collaboration in the project.

“The findings from the study will inform further interventions by the government, in collaboration with the ILO, to create a level playing field for South African manufacturers while plugging tax loopholes from illicit trade.”

He said the study is being spearheaded by Dr Jaywant Irkhede, director, leather & footwear, at the DTIC. 

Wage negotiations: General Goods & Handbags – NULAW settles

Published: 13th May 2024
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor

Cape Town, W. Cape, SA – Trade union NULAW accepted the employer's offer of a 7% increase on wages and an increase on the holiday bonus from 6 days’ pay to 7 days’ pay, Gerald Naidoo, general secretary of the National Bargaining Council of the Leather Industry of SA, said on Friday. Rival union SACTWU “will consult with their members and revert by Tuesday, 14 May, to indicate if the offer is accepted or not”, he said. 

R-CTFL criticism: Patel calls for manufacturer-chain meetings

Published: 13th May 2024
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor

Cape Town, W. Cape, SA – In response to criticism that the R-CTFL Masterplan has not delivered benefits for footwear manufacturing, Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel, who attended the virtual PMO core meeting last week, asked the footwear representatives, representing SAFLIA and SAFLEC, to compile a full list of footwear manufacturers in time for a meeting this week, with a view to setting up meetings with chain retailers. 

Dangee Carken to launch safety range

Published: 6th May 2024
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor

Johannesburg, Gauteng, SA – Fashion group Dangee Carken is launching a PPE division.

An initial range of imported safety footwear and locally made workwear, branded GrittGear, will launch in October.

Director Robby Stoller said the group had been working on the project for over 6 months. He said an industry specialist would be joining.

He said the intention was that over time, the division would cover the full spectrum of PPE. A website,, has been set up. 

4Tify Africa resurrection bid withdrawn

Published: 6th May 2024
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor

The application to resurrect 4Tify Africa – formerly North Safety – and other subsidiaries of African Boomerang Holdings, was withdrawn following the death in March of former CEO Craig Garvie, attorney Kobus van Niekerk, of JI van Niekerk Inc., has confirmed.

“The business rescue applications were withdrawn,” he wrote. “The liquidations will thus proceed.” 

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