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2016 S&V Newsletter No 08, February 29

S&V Footwear and Leather Goods / S&V African Leather


Edcon changes: Still no confirmation

Johannesburg (SA) – Whether through coercion, hope that they might still have jobs, or confusion, Edcon has kept a tight lid on its staff restructuring programme.
A supplier said he had already shown his summer range to buyers who had been assigned new positions or were no longer there, and that he would have to do so again with a new group of buyers.
He identified 3 buyers in the Discount Division who had “definitely” been appointed, and 2 others who were “definitely” on their way out.
One of the latter group, however, said a further announcement was expected this Wednesday. Another source said “a final announcement” would be made this Friday, and a third weighed in with “we’ll be advised on the 7th (next Monday) for sure”. Information about the fate of even senior staff at the Edgars division is contradictory.
“We’re all phoning each other for news,” the supplier said. “No-one seems to know anything for sure.”



ABSA Agri Trends 23/02: Hides & skins prices

The average hide price traded slightly lower over the past week at R13.76/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies.
The average price for Dorper skins traded slightly lower at R76.50/skin and Merino traded higher at R96.02/skin.
The average price for ostrich skins was up 0.48% to R1561.59.
Ostrich raw meat exports dropped 0.16% to R43.30/kg. Heat treated meat dropped 0.15% to R32.73, and domestic meat sales stayed the same at R11.61.

Hide & skin price progression
Date Hides/Kg Dorper/Skin Merino Skin Ostrich/skin
27/11 13.11 78.75 71.11  
15/01 13.45 83.13 84.89  
22/01 13.79 82.50 79.79  
29/01 13.93 84.44 79.17  
05/02 14.18 79.00 85.37 1590.25
12/02 14.35 79.17 93.27 1554.18


Ostrich meat price progression
Date Exports Heated Domestic
05/02 45.12 35.55 11.61
12/02 45.12 32.78 11.61



The India Leather & Footwear Trade Expo OPENS next week Tuesday, 8 March at the CTICC, Cape Town

Cape Town (SA) – If you have not yet pre-registered to attend the India Leather & Footwear Trade Expo which will take place next week on Tues, 8 & Wed, 9 March, you can register online today at There is no entrance fee but pre-registration recommended. 30 top class manufacturers from India will be showcasing their latest ranges to the footwear and leather industry including non-leather footwear, leather footwear and garments, leather goods including handbags, belts, wallets, portfolio’s, safety gloves as well as finished leather. They are all members of the esteemed Council for Leather Exports (CLE). The event will offer buyers, importers, agents and other industry professionals an opportunity to meet with reputable exporters from India all under one roof. So, come and network and see what’s new and available from India in your industry. For more information, contact the local show organiser - LTE – leaders in trade exhibitions on Tel: +27 21 790 5849, Email:


Magic Show: Orders for all exhibitors

Durban (SA) – 7 handbag, belt and footwear manufacturers were part of a 14-strong group which exhibited at the Magic Show in Las Vegas earlier this month. Chimpel Leather Accessories, Corbeau, Kurgan Kenani’s Amber division, Labora Shoes’ Flourish export brand, Pearls Forel Bags, Pichuluk, and Saddler Belts were part of a joint SAFLEC/TIKZN mission.
SAFLEC executive director Nerisha Jairaj said it was “the first SASS-approved USA trade mission in Vegas since 2005”, and that all exhibitors came back with orders as well as contacts. – [+27 (0)31 266 1472,,].



New staff member at SAFLEC

Durban (SA) – Prenisha Dukhipersad, 27, has joined the SA Footwear & Leather Export Council (SAFLEC) as PA to Executive Director, Nerisha Jairaj.  She has a B.Comm in marketing and management, and a National Certificate in Banking Services Advice.  She also gained practical experience and theoretical training through a learnership with the Bank SETA.



Labora Shoes founder Johnny Parboo died yesterday. According to a circular from the company, the funeral service will take place on Tuesday 1st March, 2016 at Eden Temple, Recreation Road, Marianhill, at 11h00-12h45, followed by a function at the Mobeni Heights Crematorium from 13h00-14h00.



Birthdays this week

02/03/1945: Sakkie van der Vyver, retired, formerly Adidas, Cape Town.
02/03/1953: Garth Ewing, Garth Ewing Agencies, East London.
04/03/1946: John Commins, retired, formerly Wayne Plastics, Johannesburg.
04/03/1950: Mike Gedye, Michelle Footwear, Durban.
04/03/1977: Regan Govender, Evané Footwear, Pietermaritzburg.
05/03/1949: Tony Carnecky, retired, formerly Futura Footwear, Pinetown.
05/03/1937: Arnold Buckby, agent, Cape Town.
05/03/1986: Muhammed Omar, Fashion Square, Durban.
06/03/1976: Kevin Pillay, Alateens Bopsi Footwear, Durban.
06/03/1971: Sunil Bhagwandas, Ginger Bhagwandas, Durban.


In Memoriam this week

01/03/2004: Sandra Faye Campbell (b. 09/06/1971), Dunn’s Stores, Johannesburg.
02/03/1991: Edward Powell (b. 12/02/1967), agent, Johannesburg.
03/03/2003: Gerry Elder (b. 03/08/1928), agent, Cape Town.
03/03/2010: Ernest Alfred ‘Basie’ Heunis (b. 17/05/1923), Silverton Tannery [closed], Pretoria.
06/03/1993: Brian Murphy, agent.
06/03/2011: Livio Sirilli (b. 06/04/1921), Sirilli Shoes, Pietermaritzburg.



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