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2016 S&V Newsletter No 13, April 4

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

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NFLC shut down pending ‘restructuring’

Vanderbijlpark (SA) – All operations of the National Footwear & Leather Cluster (NFLC) have been suspended, most staff retrenched, and an intern programme cancelled, following an investigation by the new management board set up in December, according to executive director Ernest Heunis. He said the suspension was pending restructuring, and that it was hoped that would be completed by June or July. He declined to give reasons.
He said the board had set up audit & risk and strategic & operational committees, and that the vision was that the NFLC would have a “facilitative role” in assisting the footwear industry and its supply chain to offer the diversity and speed to market to compete globally.
The NFLC has its own footwear factory and some research facilities, based at the Vaal University of Technology, and he said “all assets will be utilised going forward”. – [+27 (0)82 905 9505, ]


New company Naturfit to take over most Agape business

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Styles from the new Naturfit range.

Durban (SA) – Agape Footwear will no longer supply the retail trade in SA following an agreement between Agape owner Brent le Roux and his former sales manager, Tony Ford, who has set up a separate manufacturing company to make similar footwear under his own brand.
Naturfit Trading (Pty) Ltd, which will launch its range this week, will buy units from Agape’s parent company, SA Tool & Die, and will make its own uppers and assemble the sandals.
Naturfit’s factory is in the Froggie premises.
Ford said he also hoped to supply Froggie and Sole of Africa with slotted sandals under their own brands. – [+27 (0)84 573 2266,]



SAFLEC reports more business from Zimbabwe

Durban (SA) – The SA Footwear & Leather Export Council says its fourth outward selling mission to Zimbabwe, in March, achieved “yet another 90% success rate” for missions to that country.
Companies on the mission were Barker, Watson, Caprini, Novita, Nikkita Footwear, Saddler Belts, Kaytex Belts, BVLK Smiley’s, Fred Footwear, Kurgan Kenani Leathers, Reunion Components and Angel Footwear. Ahmed Shaikh also attended.
“This specific trade show destination has never failed to deliver,” said SAFLEC executive director Nerisha Jairaj.
“This year, apart from the B2Bmeetings with buyers, visitors included the British, Kenyan, Namibian and Italian ambassadors [and we] began negotiations with Kenya to form distributer relationships. This is currently in progress.” – [+27 (0)31 266 1472,]


Change at Business France

Johannesburg (SA) – Senior trade advisor Marine Abondance and trade advisor Sarah Watine-Boulanger have taken over the leather industries portfolio at the French Trade Commission – Business France. – [+27 (0)11 303 7150,]



ABSA Agri Trends 29/03: Hides & skins prices

The average hide price traded higher over the past week at R13.85/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies.
The average price for Dorper skins traded higher at R63.85/skin and Merino higher at R88.37/skin.
The average price for ostrich skins dropped 0.79% to R1508.65.
Ostrich raw meat exports dropped 0.07% to R41.94/kg. Heat treated meat dropped 0.06% to R31.83, 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
23/02 13.76 76.50 96.02 1561.59
01/03 14.09 68.93 94.00 1558.90
08/03 14.20 67.50 93.29 1550.67
18/03       1520.66


Ostrich meat price progression
Date Exports Heated Domestic
05/02 45.12 35.55 11.61
12/02 45.12 32.78 11.61
23/02 43.30 32.73 11.61
01/03 42.88 32.46 11.61
08/03 42.29 32.06 11.61
18/03 41.97 31.85 11.61



They Said It

"…before they put the bombs and the foreign nationals and whatever in the container." - Lionel Dwyer of Africa Edge Trade Consulting speaking on the implications of new legislation affecting trade at a seminar organised by SAFLEC. A report on the seminar will be carried in the footwear magazine due out this week.

"If that’s my mom, tell her I’m busy." - Dwyer again, when someone’s cell phone rang.

"Lodges have various wild game around them, so please leave your hunting gear at home (especially you Bjorn and Ulf)." - SLTC secretary Nicola Phipps in a circular to the leather industry on the upcoming convention.



Birthdays this week

04/04/1938: Colin Kemp, Chamberlain Phipps, Pinetown.
04/04/1956: Paul Moodley, Reach Footwear, Durban.
04/04/1962: Tammy Pillay, Edcon, Durban.
05/04/1964: Alastair Dean, emigrated, formerly Amber Footwear [closed], Pietermaritzburg.
05/04/1963: Lourenco Mendes, Shuler Enterprises, Harare.
08/04/1946: Colin Pedlar, retired, formerly Reflex Footwear, Lesotho.
08/04/1965: Gregg Ripley-Evans, John Whittle Components, Pinetown.
09/04/1976: Carlo Grillenzoni, agent, Cape Town.
09/04/1970: Rob McCann, Treadsafe, Pinetown.
10/04/1948: Gert Muller, Sonop, Bethlehem.
10/04/1958: Ismail Shah, Evoné, Pietermaritzburg.
11/04/1957: Isak Jacob Viljoen, Health Shoes & Accessories Centre, Nelspruit.
11/04/1966: Melanie Rothman, Bagshaw Footwear, Port Elizabeth.


In Memoriam this week

04/04/2005: Graham Michel (b. 09/02/1958), agent, Cape Town.
06/04/1979: George Cowie, GW Cowie & Co, Durban.
08/04/2011: Jack Katz, Treets Footwear, Johannesburg.


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