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2016 S&V Newsletter No 17, May 3

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

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Wage negotiations: ‘Some progress’

Durban (SA) – At the end of the first round of wage negotiations for the Footwear section last week, employers were offering a 6% increase across the board, “on condition that all peripheral demands be removed from the table”, according to Gerald Naidoo, general secretary of the National Bargaining Council of the Leather Industry of SA.
                Failing that, their offer would revert to 5.5%, he said.
                He said there had been “some progress” during the 1st round, although by the end of the 2 days, unions NULAW and SACTWU were demanding a 12% increase.
                There was also an ‘in principle’ agreement that NULAW’s demand with respect to reducing the period of learnership “should be dealt with outside the negotiating forum and be referred to a footwear task team”, he said.
                The second round for the Footwear section will be held on May 24 and 25.
                The second round for the General Goods & Handbags section will be held on May 10 and 11. After the first round, employers were offering 5.5% and the unions were demanding 11.5%.


SABS laboratory: DTI to host stakeholder meeting

Pretoria (SA) – The Department of Trade & Industry (the dti) is to host a meeting on May 13 of stakeholders to discuss the industry’s requirements of the SA Bureau of Standards’ footwear and leather testing laboratory. SATRA has been invited by the dti to this industry forum which is expected to deal with SABS related challenges like:
1)  Partial Test vs Full Test,
2)  Validity of Test Reports,
3)  Challenges around testing in general,
4)  Availability test facilities at SABS,
5)  Capacity or Capability at SABS,
6)  Time it takes to get test report at SABS etc.
Jaywant Irkhede, director: leather & footwear at the the dti, said the meeting followed several years of discussions aimed at positioning the SABS laboratory at the same level as recognized international laboratories. In 2014 the dti invited a joint meeting between SAFLIA, SAFLEC, the NFLC and SATRA to review the trade facilitation capacity at SABS. This exercise led to a co-operation agreement between SABS, the NFLC and the dti. Subsequently a 3-day visit to SATRA by the dti and SABS was followed by the benchmarking of the SABS laboratory with 4 international laboratories. SABS has partially upgraded its laboratory and is in a process of employing a capable laboratory manager. In 2015 SATRA proposed further upgrading of the SABS laboratory which is currently under consideration by the Technical Infrastructure directorate at the dti. He invited comments from industry through SAFLIA ahead of the meeting. – []



Umbro launches sandal and lifestyle range for summer

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Pool sandal and lifestyle trainer from the Umbro summer 2016 range.

Cape Town (SA) – Football brand Umbro has launched an ‘off-field’ range for summer featuring pool sandals, flip flops and sport and lifestyle trainers.
Umbro has concentrated on football boots, balls, kits and equipment since its takeover by Iconix Brand Group in 2013.
“This is a new chapter for Umbro in South Africa, but the team has the knowledge and experience to bring an exciting range of off-field footwear and sandals to the retail trade,” said Umbro SA brand manager Tristan Karakashian.
“Lifestyle footwear and sandals makes up such a large part of our market…and this range will change the way consumers see the Umbro brand.
“While the orders for Q3 2016 delivery are sealed up, there is still an opportunity for retailers to buy into the range for Q4 2016.” – [+27 (0)21 551 6496,, sales manager: Byron Mulholland]




Durban (SA) – the SA Footwear & Leather Export Council (SAFLEC) will hold its AGM at July 13 at Coastlands Hotel, Umhlanga, at 15.00. Cocktails and dinner will follow. – [+27 (0)31 266 1472,]


ABSA Agri Trends 12/04: Hides & skins prices

The average hide price traded higher over the past week at R14.21/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies.
The average price for Dorper skins was the same at R64.55/skin and Merino 12.8% higher at R99.17/skin.
The average price for ostrich skins dropped 0.88% to R1486.14.
Ostrich raw meat exports dropped 1.47% to R41.47/kg. Heat treated meat dropped 1.32% to R31.51, 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
25/03       1508.65
29/03 13.85 63.85 88.37  
01/04       1499.35
05/04 14.15 64.55 87.92  


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
25/03 41.94 31.83 11.61
01/04 42.09 31.93 11.61



They Said It

"We have an expression – vis, vark en fxxx hoender. Those are my veggie options." - Rolfes Chemicals GM Leather Quintin Marais. He was reacting to the suggestion we might all have to eat less meat if prices escalate dramatically because of the drought.


"He didn’t give me notice – he sent me a What’s App message." - Sew Solutions member Rabin Nagesar on the resignation of a staff member.



Birthdays this week

02/05/1956: Dave Robertson, emigrated, formerly Bushy Marketing, Pinetown.
03/05/1972: Afzal Deedat, Speed Zipper Durban.
03/05/1953: Alex Leith, left the industry, Durban.
03/05/1951: Ron Rink, retired, formerly Puma, Cape Town.
03/05/1949: Sam Wells, Malome Leather Technologies, Boksburg.
03/05/1964: Rafique Vahed, Casual Boyz, Estcourt.
04/05/1940: Isaac James, retired, formerly Step High Shoe Boutique, Cape Town.
05/05/1967: Vernon Lotter, Comfy Feet Shoes, Jeffery’s Bay.
06/05/1932: Yusuf Sayanvala, Westgate Wholesalers, Brits.
06/05/1979: Stelio Krystallidis, K-West/Fashion Trims, Johannesburg.
07/05/19??: Gerard Aarnikhof, formerly Angels Shoes, Cape Town.
07/05/1936: Matt Barnard, Stanhope Boot & Shoe, Pinetown.
07/05/1947: Mike Rolfe, Barker Footwear, Cape Town.
08/05/1956: Jeff Human, Fanci-Form, Cape Town.
08/05/1950: David Boast, retired, formerly African Hide Trading, Port Elizabeth.


In Memoriam this week

05/05/2001: Raj Kallichurum (b. 23/02/1954), Shoe Component Supplies, KwaDukuza.
08/05/2010: Bob Hunter (b. 18/11/1938), footwear agent, Johannesburg.



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