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.
New company Naturfit to take over most Agape business
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.
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.
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, email@example.com]
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.
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.
In Memoriam this week
04/04/2005: Graham Michel (b. 09/02/1958), agent, Cape Town.
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