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2016 S&V Newsletter No 18, May 9

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

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DTI seeks to gauge effect of procurement policy

Pretoria (SA) – The Department of Trade & Industry has asked the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) sectors to help it gauge the effectiveness of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) in growing their industries. In terms of the PPPFA, all organs of government may only procure locally made clothing, textiles and footwear, made from locally made components. The only exceptions allowed are where components or finished goods are not locally available. The DTI wants to know how many companies have benefitted from the Act, whether new firms have started or employment has increased on account of the Act, and what challenges the sectors have faced.



Diadora distributor winding down

Johannesburg (SA) – DSSA Sport cc, former distributor for Diadora in southern Africa, is in the process of winding down.
Jameel Mayet, former GM of DSSA, said the company had gone into business rescue last November.



Wage negotiations: Correction

Durban (SA) – It was incorrectly reported last week that 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, and that failing that, their offer would revert to 5.5%.
Gerald Naidoo, general secretary of the National Bargaining Council of the Leather Industry of SA, has pointed out that the offer would revert to 5%, not 5.5%.
                The second round for the General Goods & Handbags section starts tomorrow. After the first round, employers were offering 5.5% and the unions were demanding 11.5%.
                The second round for the Footwear section will be held on May 24 and 25.


Osgo takes over original premises and brands

Johannesburg (SA) – In March, Azeem Tayob, formerly of Osgo Wholesalers, started his own company, Aztee Investments (Pty) Ltd t/a Osgo, operating out of the former Osgo Wholesalers premises at 7 Bonanza Street in Selby Extension 19.
Osgo is concentrating on imported lower- to medium-end men’s and boys’ wear with an overspill to women’s and girls’ wear on basic core items. Osgo is bringing in footwear to customer requirements at this stage and will only start building its own first footwear range at the end of the year in preparation for winter 2017.
Osgo is also using its own licensed brands, Jonathan Strong, Blue Harbour, Urban Life and Geo Star. – [+27 (0)87 230 1000,]



Workshop on proposed Leather Research Institute

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Rachel Garwood and cluster chairman Stefan van As.

Pretoria (SA) – The Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) at the University of Northampton is to assist investigating the feasibility of recreating a Leather Research Institute, to be based at the University of Pretoria, to replace the defunct Leather Industries Research Institute at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.
Former LIRI and ISTT staff member Karl Flowers, now a senior lecturer at the ICLT, is to hold a workshop on the subject at the Society of Leather Technologists & Chemists Convention next weekend.
The study is being funded by the DTI and the IDC via the Exotic Leather Cluster.
Pictured signing an agreement between the ICLT Northampton and the Exotic Leather Cluster are ICLT director Rachel Garwood and cluster chairman Stefan van As.
Any queries regarding this study can be emailed to Warren Phipps ( or Ernest Heunis (



Atom acquires Molina e Bianchi

Vigevano (Italy) – Italian machinery group Atom S.p.A. increased its involvement in the footwear industry with the takeover of Italian footwear lasting machinery manufacturer Molina e Bianchi, announced on May 2.
Atom, best known for its cutting equipment and systems, also acquired Main Group, leading company in the production of injection moulding machines, in 2009. Molina e Bianchi is now trading as Atom MB. – []


Request to ex-LIRI students – notes needed

Durban (SA) – Podiatrist Anette Thompson is working towards a PhD in Clinical Medicine of the Foot at UKZN.
She urgently requires copies of any or all LIRI lecture material on last making and last design.
Any former LIRI students are requested to check whether they still have their course material, and to contact Anette. She will return all material once she has read it. – []



Johannesburg (SA) – Edcon Discount Division ladies footwear (flats) buyer Melanie Raghubir has resigned.



Source Africa Trade Event programme

Tuesday, 7 June 2016 
Times to be confirmed: Seminar: SACTWU Fashion Imbizo, CTICC, Cape Town
17h00 – 20h00: Source Africa Cocktail Reception, CTICC, Cape Town

  Wednesday, 8 June 2016
08h30 – 10h00: Seminar: AGOA – The Africa Advantage, CTICC, Cape Town
Moderator: Mr Clay E. Hickson, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), USA
Panellists –
Finn Holm-Olsen, Director, Trade Promotion & AGOA, USAID Contractor, East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, Kenya
Tim Armstrong, Investment Promotion Director, Textile Development Unit, The Ministry of Industry and Trade, Tanzania
Lesotho - TBC
Mauritius - TBC
South Africa - TBC
10h00 – 17h00: Source Africa Trade Show, Halls 3 & 4A, CTICC, Cape Town
14h30 – 16h30: Rhino SA Complimentary Wine Tastings, Halls 3 & 4A, CTICC, Cape Town
18h00 – 22h00: Fashion Show and Cocktail hosted by Enterprise Mauritius (By Invitation)
Thursday, 9 June 2016
08h30 – 09h30: Seminar: WGSN Trendtalk: Spring/Summer 17 Buyers’ Briefing, CTICC, Cape Town
Presented by WGSN Trend Speaker
At WGSN, we predict what’s coming next to help you get ahead and buy what’s going to be hot next season. The WGSN Buyers’ Briefing gives you a checklist of the season’s key trends in new and carry-over items to colours, key details, fabric and finishes, as well as print and pattern updates. Don’t miss this must-have trend forecast for Spring/Summer 17.
09h30 – 10h00: Seminar: Textile, Apparel and Footwear: The main challenges for manufacturers and retailers from testing to inspections and responsible sourcing.
Speaker: Christian Gerling, General Manager Consumer & Retail Services EMEA LA at Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Germany
The softline sector is expanding more and more, creating new challenges for the industry. A deep understanding of regulations relative to safety and quality of apparel, footwear and textile products can help reduce the costly recall: this is why it is important and fundamental for manufacturers and retailers to launch on the existing and emerging markets products that comply with legal requirements. As a leading organisation in product testing, verification, inspections and audits, UL partners with companies throughout the production cycle from the early stages and offers innovative and customised responsible sourcing solutions.
10h00 – 17h00: Source Africa Trade Show, Halls 3 & 4A, CTICC, Cape Town
14h30 – 16h30: Rhino SA Complimentary Wine Tastings, Halls 3 & 4A, CTICC, Cape Town Source Africa Seminar

  Source Africa will feature over 200 exhibitors from Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa, Tanzania, USA, Zimbabwe, etc. So, come and meet top class manufacturers and suppliers who’s compliant, capable and ready to do business! Informative business seminars will once again be an integral part of the event. Anyone in the Footwear, Clothing & Textile industries is welcome to attend. There is no entrance fee but space is limited so, pre-registration necessary at

  For more information, visit the show website at or contact the Organisers, LTE – leaders in trade exhibitions on Tel: +27 21 790 5849, Email:



They Said It

"Haven't got a pic old enough :)." - Rampar Trading’s Ralph Dodo, explaining why he wouldn’t supply a photo for his comments in the S&V Footwear & Leather Goods Magazine.


Birthdays this week

09/05:19??: Sarie de Wet, KKI Leather Marketing, Oudtshoorn.
09/05/1960: Rodney Reynders, left the industry, Durban.
09/05/1963: Don Tully, Groundcover Leather Company, Curry’s Post.
09/05/1949: Mike Millar, MRM Agencies, Johannesburg.
10/05/1950: Brian da Costa, agent, Port Elizabeth.
10/05/1971: Ashraf Kathrada, Catz, Cape Town.
11/05/1945: David Maisey, emigrated, formerly Brondean Agencies, Port Elizabeth.
11/05/1951: Walter Kurth, emigrated, formerly Corbeau, Cape Town.
12/05/1946: Gordon Howie, The Runner group, Johannesburg.
12/05/1952: Louise Pelser, SAFLEC, Durban.
13/05/19??: Carol Roberts, Trailmix Trading.
13/05/1934: Dennis Linde, retired, formerly SAFLIA, Pinetown.
13/05/1980: Hayley Mitchell, Silkworm, Johannesburg.
14/05/1950: Phillip Fox, Jumbo Footwear, East London.
15/05/1974: Brett Isaacs, BMI Agencies, Johannesburg.
15/05/1941: Pieter van Niekerk, retired, formerly Midland Leather KZN (Gringo), Port Shepstone.


In Memoriam this week

10/05/2011: Albino Rodrigues De Oliveira (b. 09/01/1944), Andreoli Shoes/Giorgio Marelli/Sabrina Shoes [all closed], Durban.
12/05/2011: Charles Burger (b. 28/12/1968), Klein Karoo International, Oudtshoorn.
14/05/2010: Peter Edginton (b. 19/11/1949), Front Edge Technologies, Johannesburg.
15/05/2010: Louis Conradie (b. 26/06/1935), Conloo Joinery, Welkom.


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