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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.2 No.23, June 13, 2016

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

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Source Africa attracts over 1400 visitors

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Marc Lailvaux, Brent Maron, Tersia Fisher, Timothy Vermeulen, Devan Odayan and Gary Gilder (Bolton Footwear). Tersia and Timothy are graduates of Bolton Footwear’s designer intern programme. They have worked in all 3 group factories, and spent 3 months at ARSUTORIA School in Milan. She has now been posted to Barker and he to Jordan.

Cape Town (SA) – More than 1 400 professional visitors attended the Source Africa trade event which took place last week at the CTICC in Cape Town, organiser Deidre Harte said.
“We’re very pleased with the results and we have received great feedback from exhibitors pledging their support for the show again next year.”
The AGOA seminar was attended by 183 delegates and the spotlight was on African trade and market growth post the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) agreement renewal to 2025. The panel provided insight into trends and market growth under AGOA, the challenges presented to the African market, opportunities to maximise the renewal period, and, notably, the critical efforts of strengthening African trade and the economy beyond AGOA. The 10-year AGOA renewal has resulted in increased confidence within the business community, particularly in terms of investor interest and companies sourcing from Africa. Large companies, such as the likes of Vanity Fair and PVH, who traditionally buy worldwide, are now setting up in countries like Kenya and Ethiopia. The WGSN Trend seminar attracted 265 delegates keen to hear about the Spring/Summer 2017 season’s key trends.
Source Africa’s sister show, Apparel, Textiles & Footwear (ATF), will be held from November 8-10 at the same venue. Where Source Africa is restricted to African manufacturers and component and service suppliers, ATF is open to firms from anywhere. – [+27 (0)21 790 5849,,

Janine Govender (Nikkita). Mylene Fisher and Andrew Fenwick (Sadler).
Reggie Xaba (Zetu Shoes). Verlan Govender and Rolenta Marimuthoo (Allimor Footwear).
Louise Pelser (SAFLEC). Maria McCloy (Maria McCloy).
Mykyla Owen (Vermont Leather). Sarah and Matthew Hansen (Angelsoft).
Timothy Vermeulen, Brent Maron, Gary Gilder (Bolton). John Bouwer (Gianni Marketing), Steven Chetty (NFLC), Bernard Coe (Hopewell Footwear).



SAFLIA Labour Law workshop reminder

Durban (SA) – A reminder that SAFLIA will be holding a Labour Law workshop in Durban on June 23 at the Hilton Hotel, starting at 9.00. The presenter is Cronje van Zyl, SAFLIA’s labour relations attorney.
The focus will be on labour law updates and there will also be an open session at the end to discuss any labour issues.
There will also be an update on the SACTWU dispute issue which will take place on the 22nd. Attendance is for SAFLIA members only. Please RSVP. – [0800SAFLIA,]



Cape Town/Port Elizabeth (SA) – Sunil Daya of Randy’s Agency now represents Spectrum Footwear for the Eastern and Western Cape.
Bernard Coe has taken over the Hopewell Footwear agency for the same areas.

Cape Town (SA) – Marc Lailvaux has been appointed sales manager for Jordan Footwear’s Bronx Men’s and Women’s brands. He takes over from Brian Pollock, who has been acting as caretaker brand manager for those brands pending an appointment.
Pollock retires at the end of July.



Reader Requests

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Tshikiza’s shoes are sold under the Halala brand.

Johannesburg (SA) – Dee Whayte of Tshikiza Apparel, which customises footwear on an industrial scale using beadwork, is looking for a manufacturer to supply it with pumps with Shweshwe cotton uppers and socks. Tshikiza supplies the 100% cotton Shweshwe, which has been prewashed to aid lamination. All other components would be for the manufacturer’s account.
It already sources vulcanised canvas footwear from Jaraf in Tongaat.
Quantities would be variable. The size range would be 3-8.
Tshikiza is looking for prices around R50/pair. – [+27 (0)71 284 3913,,]


They Said It

"I am inundated with older people losing their jobs here in Canada and asking for advice and yet at the opposite end I have young people wanting to start a shoe business and all they think you do is go to crowd funding to get the money to start the business." - Columnist Phillip Nutt.

"You did it right just got the wrong time – 2pm not 2am please!" - Celo Buthelezi, Skye Distribution, on my attempt to set up a meeting with her via Microsoft Outlook.

"I’m supposed to be his keeper, but he’s just vanished." - Phume Mampuru, PA to Credit Guarantee GM claims & collections Gideon Bochedi. She said she was considering buying a tracking device.



ABSA Agri Trends 07/06: Hides & skins prices

The average hide price over the past week was R15.01/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies.
The average price for Dorper skins was R60.42/skin and Merino was R99.13/skin.

Hide & skin price progression
Date Hides/Kg Dorper/Skin Merino 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
12/02 14.35 79.17 93.27
23/02 13.76 76.50 96.02
01/03 14.09 68.93 94.00
08/03 14.20 67.50 93.29
29/03 13.85 63.85 88.37
05/04 14.15 64.55 87.92
12/04 14.21 64.55 99.17
10/05 14.66 60.00 91.08
17/05 14.50 60.77 92.41
31/05 14.60 54.09 89.48



Birthdays this week

13/06/1943: Peter Book, retired, formerly Woodheads, Cape Town.
13/06/1950: Maria Caldeira, Solemates, East Rand.
13/06/1966: Benedict Plaatjies, Brits Leather Group.
14/06/1931: Malcolm Hill, retired, formerly Bata SA/Beier Footwear, Pinetown.
14/06/1952: Terry Holton, ACA Threads, Gauteng.
14/06/1965: Beverley Riley, Brits Leather Products, Brits.
14/06/1963: Niekie Vermaak, KKI Leather Marketing, Oudtshoorn.
15/06/1945: James Cragg, agent, East London.
16/06/1963: Deepak Dayal, Deluxe Footwear, Durban.
16/06/1973: Sue Meehan, left the industry, formerly Mantella Q Leather, Durban.
16/06/1965: Tersia Wessels, retired, formerly Crocs SA, Somerset West.
16/06/1945: Yusuf Kadwa, May’s Shoes, Durban.
17/06/1973: Alfredo de Oliveira, Fashion Fever, Welkom.
18/06/1933: Erich Debus, retired, formerly Richleigh Shoes [closed], Pietermaritzburg.
19/06/1979: Sumen Naicker, Fusion Footwear, Springs.
19/06/1969: S Frank, Labora Shoes, Durban.


In Memoriam this week

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