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.
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%.
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.
Workshop on proposed Leather Research Institute
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.
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.
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.
Johannesburg (SA) – Edcon Discount Division ladies footwear (flats) buyer Melanie Raghubir has resigned.
Source Africa Trade Event programme
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Wednesday, 8 June 2016
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 www.sourceafrica.co.za
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.
In Memoriam this week
10/05/2011: Albino Rodrigues De Oliveira (b. 09/01/1944), Andreoli Shoes/Giorgio Marelli/Sabrina Shoes [all closed], Durban.
Trade Fair dates
For a list of local and international trade fairs covering footwear, leather goods, leather and PPE, visit our website: http://www.svmag.co.za/events.php
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