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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.2 No.28, July 18, 2016

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

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RV Footwear to supply Pick ‘n Pay

Port Elizabeth (SA) – RV Footwear, which until recently focused on supplying uppers to other Port Elizabeth factories, is to meet with Pick ‘n Pay buyers this week to finalise details of a contract to supply the supermarket chain with footwear. This follows it being selected after taking part in Pick ‘n Pay’s Boost Your Biz competition to encourage potential suppliers from among small businesses. Further information to follow in S&V Footwear and Leather Goods.


SAFLIA stats show growth for local production, slight drop for imports

Umhlanga (SA) – Local footwear production climbed 1.5% in 2015, from 59.9 million pairs in 2014 to 60.8 million pairs, according to the SAFLIA Digest, released last week.
Imports dropped 0.1% from 196.3 to 196.1 million pairs between 2014 and 2015.
The value increased for both. Local production climbed 8.9% from R4.4 to R4.8 billion. Imports rose 16.4% from R9.8 to R11.4 billion.
Exports dropped from 3.9 to 3.5 million pairs, but rose in value from R367 million to R393 million.
The Digest with complete figures was emailed and posted to SAFLIA members. – [0800723542,]


Arena to launch PU comfort footbeds

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Arena’s PU moulded comfort footbeds.

Pinetown (SA) – Arena Trims has installed a PU injection moulding machine which will allow it to compete in the retail footbed market, according to sales & marketing manager Joelene Chetty. She said the company would offer the product to other brands, but also planned to launch its own retail brand.
The 20-station machine is being commissioned and will be in production within weeks.
Arena has a varied product range of comfort moulded footbeds, for the safety and fashion footwear industries, and branded footwear accessory suppliers. “The PU is in a different league in terms of comfort and durability,” she said. “We believe we will be very competitive against imported PU footbeds.” – [+27 (0)79 549 4397, +27 (0)31 705 3284/8291,]



Keate’s Drift plant re-opens as clothing factory

Tugela Ferry (SA) – A clothing factory – which intends in time to also make school shoes – is to officially open on Wednesday in the premises of the former Bata Keate’s Drift factory near Greytown.
Director Lelly Mntungwa said Madlelaphansi Clothing Factory would make school uniforms and linen, and wanted to make school shoes.
“20 years ago, the Bata shoe factory that once employed 3000 people closed down, leading to a high unemployment rate and joblessness at Msinga,” she wrote.
“Attempts and efforts have been made to resuscitate the factory as Madlelaphansi Clothing Factory.” – [+27 (0)72 127 6454,]


ACTIF plans Madagascar trade show

Nairobi (Kenya) – The African Cotton and Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF) is organizing the Origin Africa 2016 Trade Expo which will take place from November 3-5 at the Forello Expo Centre in Antananarivo, Madagascar. For further details see – Nancy Bwore, Events Coordinator, ACTIF [+254-725-038884/733-247052,]


IDC presentation on exports to Zimbabwe

Durban (SA) – SAFLEC and SAFLIA are to co-host an educational seminar presented by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), in conjunction with Bureau Veritas, on PIPs and exports to Zimbabwe. It will be held on August 16 at the Coastlands Hotel on Ridge Road, Musgrave.




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Deleane Luzzatto, Clayton Bates, Ryan da Boom, Helgaard McAlpine, Sharon Sunderland

Germiston (SA) – Deleane Luzzatto has returned to Rebel Safety Gear as national sales manager after a stint with North Safety. The new-look sales team includes Clayton Bates, Ryan da Boom and Helgaard McAlpine based at head office and Sharon Sunderland covering the Eastern and Western Cape.


SAFLEC board

Durban (SA) – The new SAFLEC board, announced at the AGM last Wednesday, is: André Compion (PMC), Rolland Eboru (Fred Footwear), Andrew Fenwick (Saddler Belt), Tavonga Gonyora (Dick Whittington Shoes), Janine Govender (Nikkita Footwear), Kate Horne (Little Slipper Company), Johan Kriel (Bolton Group), Sanjay Pattundeen (Caprini), Ahmed Shaikh (Foot Coverings), Ashley Zwart (Über Gruvi). Tavonga and Kate are newcomers to the board.


They Said It

"Now you can put a face to the person who doesn’t return your calls." - Little Slipper COO Jacky Hay, introducing her CEO, Kate Horne.


ABSA Agri Trends 28/06: Hides & skins prices

The average hide price over the pastweek 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

18/07/1950: Magda Erlank, Me Boutique, Newcastle.
18/07/1963: Peter Colombo, Hippo Bag & Screen, Cape Town.
18/07/1973: Sanjay Bhagwandas, Ginger Bhagwandas Exclusive, Durban.
18/07/1974: Zunaid Gathoo, Shoe Zone, Sasolburg.
19/07/1946: Mohamed Iqbal Ahmed, A.V. Mohamed & Sons, Louis Trichardt.
19/07/1967: Fatima Do Tanque, Super Save, Aliwal North.
19/07/1968: Hussein Feyssa, Hafde Tannery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
21/07/1965: Gavin Cooke, Rebel Safetygear, Johannesburg.
22/07/1948: Roy Nell, Roy Nell Agencies, Durban.
22/07/1960: Holger Stutz, Paul Moeller & Co, Johannesburg.
23/07/1940: Errol Schilder, retired, formerly Barker Footwear, Cape Town.
23/07/1954: Jerome Ingenhoes, Exotan, Port Elizabeth.
23/07/1956: Rob Peschel, emigrated, formerly Outeniqua Tanning [closed], George.


In Memoriam this week

20/07/19??: Ivy Cunningham (b. 16/10/1919), In Step Shoes [closed], Pietermaritzburg.
22/07/1993: Chagan Ratanje, RK Footwear, Harare.
22/07/2008: Derek Brown (b. 13/01/1948), Derek Brown Agencies, Johannesburg.
22/07/1993: Paul Hoch, Edendale Tannery [closed], Pietermaritzburg.

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