2016 S&V Newsletter No 05, February 8
S&V Footwear and Leather Goods / S&V African Leather
Edcon warns of head office cuts
Johannesburg (SA) – In a letter to suppliers on Friday, Edcon CEO and MD Bernie Brookes wrote: Following the letter I sent to you in December 2015, I wanted to update you on our evolving strategic process. You may recall that I shared with some of you the new executive team and spoke to our new journey that we have embarked on.
Havaianas changes hands
Cape Town (SA) – Alpargatas, the Brazilian company which owns flip flop brands Havaianas and Dupé, changed hands in November. According to The Wall Street Journal, J&F Investimentos paid “embattled” construction conglomerate Camargo Correa SA US$725 million for a 44.1% controlling stake.
Hai-Kobo seeks backer to put spring in its step
Harare (Zimbabwe) – Fledgling footwear brand Hai-Kobo will promote its school shoe range at a Valentine’s Day event at Pakare Paye, outside Harare, on Saturday (February 13). It will be hosted by Afro-Jazz musician Dr Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi, who created the name – it refers to a dance style – in the 1970s.
Tanzania plans own cluster programme
Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) – The Leather Association of Tanzania is investigating establishing a footwear and leather goods cluster, and has sought information on the clusters set up in South Africa, according to LAT board member Elibariki Mmari. – [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Kenyan leather sector looks to SA to invest
Sagana (Kenya) – Sagana Tanneries director Yassin Awale has taken up a new role as leather sector advisor to the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industrialisation and Enterprise Development in Kenya.
Promark to sell Javlin work wear to co-ops
Johannesburg (SA) – The Industrial Clothing Company has appointed Promark to sell its Javlin work wear brand to co-ops.
ABSA Agri Trends 29/01: Hides & skins prices
The average hide price traded slightly higher over the past week at R13,93/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies.
Seton SA: Wedekind back from Europe
Nigel (SA) – Former Seton SA Marketing Director Detlef Wedekind, who was transferred to Seton Germany as European Sales Director 3 years ago, has returned to the local subsidiary. His current position is project manager, R&D.
Port Elizabeth (SA) – The Little Slipper Company has announced that Kate Horne has been appointed CEO.
Hammarsdale (SA) – Ray Applegate, technical & QC manager at Coats SA, died of cancer last Monday, aged 69. An obituary will follow in S&V Footwear and Leather Goods Magazine.
Tony Vaubell – 10 years at Mr Price group. It was actually last year end of July, but still can’t believe how time has flown!!!
Birthdays this week
08/02/????: Miles O’Brien, retired, formerly Jordan Shoes, Cape Town.
In Memoriam this week
09/02/2006: Hubertus ‘Hub’ Bijsterveld (b. 11/12/1932), Bata Zimbabwe and other Bata companies, Gweru.
News & Classifieds: Tony Dickson, +27 (0)31 209 7505, email@example.com
Next newsletter: February 15, 2016