S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.2 No.19, May 16, 2016
S&V Footwear and Leather Goods / S&V African Leather/ S&V Protect
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Working group to probe SABS policies
Pretoria (SA) – Following Friday’s meeting between the SA Bureau of Standards and a cross section of safety, government tender and civilian footwear manufacturers, convened by the Department of Trade & Industry, a working group of SABS footwear customers has been set up to make recommendations on policy changes relating to testing.
Government procurement policy: A complex debate
From a local leather goods manufacturer
‘Fakes coming out of Durban’
Cape Town (SA) – AnnahMae Blair of The New Shoe Design Co. says there are worrying quantities of counterfeit footwear being made in SA.
Wage negotiations: General Goods & Handbags update
Durban (SA) – Gerald Naidoo, general secretary of the National Bargaining Council of the Leather Industry of SA, released the following statement on Friday:
Crocs SA: Change of status?
Gordon's Bay (SA) – It appears Crocs SA has reverted back to being a local distributor from being a subsidiary of the international company. It sent an email to customers on March 31 advising them of a change in its email domain names, “owing to our agreements with Crocs Inc”.
Crocodile conference: 300 to attend
Over 300 delegates have registered for the Crocodile Specialist Group’s 24th Working Meeting, to be held from May 21-26 at Skukuza, Kruger National Park, according to Howard Kelly, Regional Vice Chairman - IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group, Southern and East Africa.
Sweeping survey to research need for Leather Research Institute
Former LIRI, ISTT and Institute for Creative Leather Technologies staff member Karl Flowers is to survey the SA leather industry to measure the need for a revived Leather Research Institute. He will interview all tanneries and many other companies over 2 months.
Government Contracts – Defense legislation queued up for consideration in both chambers
Source: American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)
Durban (SA) – The SA Footwear & Leather Export Council says a number of firms are still using its old address. Please note the correct details:
Advanced tests available for children’s sizes
Kettering (UK) – According to a release last week, SATRA has added new foot form sizes to 2 of its laboratory-based tests so that children's footwear can be objectively assessed for thermoregularity.
Reminder: 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.
Durban (SA) – Christo Roets closed aftermarket upholsterer Car Trim Auto at the end of January, and is relocating to Cape Town, out of the industry. He ended a previous franchise agreement with McCarthy Auto Trimmers in September before reverting to Car Trim Auto. – [+27 (0)83 788 4280]
Johannesburg (SA) – Kindly note from the 27th May – I will no longer buy footwear for the JET retailer. I will move onto another portfolio within the company. I will advise you on the new buyer’s particulars on the 24th of May. – Sumeya Sha
ABSA Agri Trends 10/05: Hides & skins prices
The average hide price traded higher over the past week at R14.66/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies.
Uitenhage (SA) – Zelda Stumke of Aalwynhoek Trust abattoir is looking for men’s size 15 shoes and tekkies. Please contact her at +27 (0)41 492 0626, email@example.com.
They Said It
"I am not saying I am Batman, but no one has seen Batman and me in the same room together…." - Rolfes Chemicals leather division GM Quintin Marais.
"When I registered this email address 20 years ago, they told me I could only have 8 letters, so I got rid of one of the ‘l’s." - Wellserve Wholesalers owner Ziyaad Bahadur, explaining why his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. “I could probably change it now,” he said, “but that would be even more confusing.”
"In the States I drive myself, and on the last trip to Texas I found myself on one of those 8-lanes-each-way highways you see on Dallas, at 10 at night, in a car with a GPS that hadn’t been updated – now that was a story." - SCOT marketing director Frik Kriek on driving overseas. In Europe, he finds public transport sufficient, and in the East his agents do the driving.
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
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Next newsletter: May 23, 2016.