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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.2 No.26, July 4, 2016

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

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SACTWU accepts offer

Durban (SA) – SACTWU, the minority union in the Footwear Section of the National Bargaining Council, has accepted the settlement offered to majority union NULAW by the employers’ association, SAFLIA.
It had earlier failed to reach agreement through mediation.
This concludes the 2016 wage negotiations for the section.


Ralfran acquires Admiral sport fashion range

Johannesburg (SA) – Fashion footwear importer Ralfran Solutions has secured the rights to the sports fashion footwear elements of sports brand Admiral from LGB Distributors. Ralfran member Cavan Rothwell said the first range would be landing in October. More in the next issue of S&V Footwear and Leather Goods.


Trade mission to Zimbabwe

Durban (SA) – SAFLEC has advised members that the DTI is inviting footwear and leather goods manufacturers to take part in a trade mission to Zimbabwe from November 7-11. Deadline for the submission to take part is this Friday, July 8.
“Companies will be screened and selected in line with EMIA guidelines and market requirements, which are explained in the EMIA guidelines document. For the approved companies, the dti will provide:

  • Day hotel accommodation on bed-and-breakfast basis;
  • An economy class return airfare to a maximum of R17,000;
  • Freight/excess luggage up to R2,000
Companies that are not eligible for EMIA funding are welcome to participate in this mission at their own expense.”




SATRA updates slipper test method

Kettering (UK) – SATRA has updated a footwear test method following an increase in demand for the evaluation of the washable slippers, according to a release on June 30.
SATRA TM158:1992 'Washability of footwear' is used to assess the colour and dimensional stability of footwear during washing. The test method was primarily written for the wash testing of structured footwear at 60ºC for up to six cycles.
However, in recent years SATRA has seen a growth in demand for the testing of unstructured footwear such a slippers and manufacturers have asked that their products to be tested at a washing temperature of 30ºC in line with advances in modern washing machines that allow items to be washed at low temperatures. The number of wash cycles has also been reduced to three to reflect the disposable nature of these products.



Johannesburg (SA) – Achim Kunkel has left Edcon Discount Division. Mark Riley has moved from GM Men’s & Boys’ to take his position as GM Ladies’ & Girls’. Natalie Gibson, formerly a planner, has been seconded to take over as GM Men’s & Boys’.
Another change is that Zainub Moolla has replaced Melanie Raghubir as Buyer ladies’ footwear (flats).

Durban (SA) – Stanhope Boot & Shoe Manufacturers member Matt Barnard died on Friday after a long illness. An obituary will follow in the S&V Footwear and Leather Goods Magazine.

Pietermaritzburg (SA) – Candice Christie has taken over the marketing function at Corrida Shoes from Tracey Wood as of July 1. Tracey has joined a private school in the KZN Midlands.

Obituaries will be published in S&V Footwear and Leather Goods next week.



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Peter Gerbrands
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Mzamo Michael Mlengana

Durban (SA) – Newly-appointed BBF Safety Group group marketing manager Peter Gerbrands started his career in a company dealing with feet, and has returned to it via a couple of stints in the food industry.
A B.Comm graduate from Stellenbosch University with a post graduate diploma in marketing and advertising communications from Red & Yellow in Cape Town, he started his career in marketing with Falke Eurosocks in Cape Town before moving to Vital Health Foods and then the multinational Kraft Heinz Company, based in Paarl.
“I’m a marketer by heart, training and experience, and I firmly believe that the consumer and customer should be the focus around which we build our brands and business, which in turn will ensure that BBF Safety Group will continue to grow both profitably and sustainably.” – [+27 (0)31 710 0443,]

Pretoria (SA) – Mzamo Michael Mlengana has been appointed as the new Director-General of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).
A former president of the African Farmer's Association of South Africa (AFASA), he has operated a commercial farm and worked with both smallholder and established farmers. He is a Fulbright Scholar with an MA in Financial Economics and Economic Development from the Graduate School of Economics and International Studies in Denver, Colorado, USA.


They Said It

"I suggest you ask our mutual friend Frik Kriek, copied in, ‘who’s got more time’ – to forward to you a tribute about this almost forgotten giant of the ostrich industry" - Ostrich Products SA chairman Saag Jonker, referring to former KKI GM Hannes Louw. "Hannes paved the way for establishing the Ostrich Industry during his time of office, while some Directors preferred to walk away with the laurels," he wrote. "Hannes celebrated his 87th birthday at a retirement village in Mossel Bay on 5th June."


Reader request 1

We carried this request previously, and Dee Whayte received a response – which subsequently disappeared from her emails. We ask the respondent to please reply again.
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,,]


Reader request 2

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Logomotif embossed patch

Cape Town (SA) – I was just wondering if you can perhaps assist me in locating a supplier of PU.   We supply PU embossed patches and have run into a problem with our supply.   Please see attached image of one of the products we have made. – Nicole de Vries, Logomotif Manufacturing [+27 (0)21 591 6880,]


ABSA Agri Trends 28/06: Hides & skins prices

The average hide price over the past week was R15.25/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies.
The average price for Dorper skins was R55.42/skin and Merino was R94.23/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
07/06 15.01 60.42 99.13
14/06 15.08 58.00 87.27
21/06 15.11 56.50 92.27


Birthdays this week

04/07/1967: Martin MacGregor, Bay Solutions, Port Elizabeth.
05/07:19??: Judy Powell, retired, formerly Footwork, Trafalgar.
06/07/1974: Gary Gilder, Barker Footwear, Cape Town.
07/07/1959: Lenette van Vuuren, Incredible Shoes, Ladysmith.
07/07/1955: John Kotze, Designer Marketing Int. Johannesburg.
08/07/1950: Sam Muller, BEC Safety, Port Elizabeth.
09/07/1942: Cecil Fenwick, Saddler Belts & Leathercraft, Durban.
09/07/1949: Bryn Proctor, ?, formerly Crown Footwear, Pinetown.
09/07/1958: Johan Kriel, Bolton Footwear, Great Brak River.
09/07/1969: Hein Jonker, Ostrich Products SA.
09/07/1975: Gian-Paolo Bresolin, left the industry, formerly Andreoli Shoes [closed], Pinetown.
10/07/1940: Erwin Metzger, Sanata Footwear, Durban.
10/07/1945: Colin Symons, retired, formerly Elco Plastics, Cape Town.
10/07/1972: Annah-Mae Blair, The New Shoe Company, Cape Town.


In Memoriam this week

04/07/2010: Kasieprasad Pattundeen (b. 29/12/1924), Palm Footwear, Durban.
05/07/1999: Norman Berrill, freelance designer, Durban.
06/07/1996: Eric Waterworth, King Tanning Company [closed], Pietermaritzburg.
07/07/1993: Rob Scallan, Tuftex, Port Elizabeth.
10/07/2002: Rodger Brewitt (b. 25/11/1947), Bata Zimbabwe/Futura Footwear, Port Shepstone.
10/07/2014: Terry Thomas (b. 12/05/1935), agent, Durban.

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