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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.2 No.33, August 22, 2016

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SABS/Working group plan joint statement after meeting

Pretoria (SA) – The scheduled third meeting between the SA Bureau of Standards, the DTI, and a working group of its footwear customers over its testing policies was held last Wednesday, but a statement will only be issued next week, working group chairman Ernest Heunis said.
He declined to comment on the outcome ahead of a planned joint statement.


Govt ‘still focused on CTLF sector’

Pretoria (SA) – The government “will continue to focus on labour-intensive sectors, including the need for various mechanisms to support greater impact on jobs, such as the use of our incentive programmes, amongst others: clothing, textiles, leather and footwear value-chain; agro-processing and business process services”, according to a statement issued today on this month’s Cabinet ‘Lekgotla’, which mainly covered economic issues.
The statement also said that Eskom had “largely been stabilised with both operational and financial performance improving”. – []


Sutherland ‘has not sold shares’

Pietermaritzburg (SA) – Talks between Sutherland Tannery (Pty) Ltd and a potential investor from China had fallen through, Sutherland director Wynand Hart said last week.
He was responding to speculation in the industry that Sutherland had sold a share of its business.



Who pays for verification? SABS asks

Cape Town (SA) – In a presentation on local content verification last Thursday (August 18) to the Portfolio Committee on Trade & Industry, the SABS said there were ‘challenges’ with the verification process of confirming that goods supplied to government which were meant to be made locally from locally-made components were in fact so. It raised these points:

  • Set-up and maintenance cost of the verification office borne by SABS – verification not funded through the fiscus.
  • The PPPFA as a Policy is silent on who bears the cost of verification.
  • Divergent views between the dti and NT on who should bear the cost.
  • No instruments to deal with non-compliance.
  • Misconception that SABS verification is to reveal corruption.
  • Small companies and co-operatives affordability of verification costs is not supported by the state funding agencies.



Slow growth an impediment to employment generation in India’s textile sector

From Fashionating World
"The Indian textile and apparels industry employs 105 million people directly and indirectly and has a potential to create 50 million more jobs by 2025, holding the key to growing unrest over India's inability to create the millions of jobs it needs every month. However, due to rising skills gap, falling exports, low productivity, ever increasing debt and low foreign investment the targets set by the textile sector of additional $30 billion in exports and 10 million additional jobs over the next three years is being jeopardised." – []


World’s top 10 garment exporters rated high risk for modern slavery

From AAFA Newsletter
August 11: Modern slavery is rampant in more than half of the world, and garment exporting nations are rated among the highest for risk. According to a new global ranking released Thursday by risk analytics firm Verisk Maplecroft, modern slavery — defined as slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour — is a "high" or "extreme" risk in 115 of the 198 countries in the index. And of those, Asian and African nations pose the greatest threat to companies navigating new rules on supply chain disclosure. (Source: Sourcing Journal - article unlocked)



ABSA Agri Trends 16/08: Hides & skins prices

The average hide price over the past week was R15.30//kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies.
The average price for Dorper skins was R39.92/skin and Merino was R79.52/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
28/06 15.25 55.42 94.23
19/07 15.30 50.42 92.98
26/07 15.42 46.82 89.06


Upcoming Events

Cape Town/Great Brak/Durban (SA) – The first of 4 production efficiency systems demonstration workshops this week, hosted by SAFLIA and the DTI, starts tomorrow at Jordan Shoes, starting at 9.00.
The second will be in Great Brak River, at the Southern Cape Region Footwear Cluster, Belhambra House, Charles St, on August 24, starting at 9.00.
The third and fourth will be in Durban at the Hotel School Restaurant, DUT Ritson Campus, on August 25 at 12.00 and on August 26 at 9.00.

Durban (SA) – The National Bargaining Council of the Leather Industry of South Africa (NBCLI) will host a dinner to mark its 90th anniversary on August 31 at the Hilton Hotel. – Ashley Pillay, PA to General Secretary []

Durban (SA) – SAFLIA’s AGM and annual dinner will be held on Thursday, September 1, at the Makaranga Garden Lodge, Kloof. The open session starts at 16.30, and pre-dinner drinks start at 18.00.
SAFLIA sends an urgent reminder to members to confirm their attendance for catering purposes. Thus far just half of the normal number have confirmed. – []


IDC, Bureau Veritas presentations

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Cynthia Peinke, Joy Balepile, Reginald Andrew, Nehemia Lowery

Durban (SA) – SAFLEC and SAFLIA last Tuesday (August 16) jointly hosted presentations on developments in the Production Incentive Programme by the Industrial Development Corporation, and requirements with product certification when exporting to various states, by Bureau Veritas.
The speakers were Cynthia Peinke and Joy Balepile from the IDC and Reginald Andrew and Nehemia Lowery from Bureau Veritas.



Johannesburg (SA) – Steven Swaby, former brand manager for Skechers in SA, has left. Country manager Ahmed Elias Habib said Brandfolio LLC had conducted interviews, and expected to announce a replacement next week.



Paarl (SA) – Alan Sykes, formerly of Western Tanning and Corium, and longstanding agent for Mirza Tannery in India, died last Wednesday, August 17, after a brief illness.

Port Elizabeth (SA) – Christian Meyer, former MD of Jack & Jill Footwear, passed away, last Thursday, August 18, of cancer.

Durban (SA) – Gordon Horsfield, formerly of GW Cowie & Co, died on Saturday, August 20, after a long battle with cancer.

Obituaries for all of them will be carried in S&V Footwear and Leather Goods Magazine next month.


They Said It

"You asked me a few weeks back if I will go to the Shanghai fair and I said I don't think so. Well as you know I can change my mind just as much as the opposite sex and to answer you again... yes I will be going." - Rolfes Chemicals Leather’s Quintin Marais, AKA Batman.


Birthdays this week

22/08/1956: Carlo Longano, Bodynamics Institute, Cape Town.
22/08/1936: Norma Varley, retired, Edgars, Durban.
22/08/1954: Jax Snyman, The Sweat Shop, Johannesburg.
23/08/1965: Glyn Giani, Footwear Design & Technology School, Johannesburg.
23/08/1947: Leon Volschenk, Leo D’ Mar, Great Brak River.
23/08/1949: David Sheppard, DP Sheppard & Co, Port Elizabeth.
24/08/1961: Ulf Oehl, BASF SA, Midrand.
24/08/1944: Rolf Oltmanns, retired, PMC Group, Pinetown.
24/08/1957: Clive Wood, Crown Footwear, Pinetown.
25/08/1972: Andrew Fenwick, Saddler Belts & Leathercraft, Durban.
25/08/1970: Imran Mahomed, Mr American, Malelane.
25/08/1957: Judy Ambrose, left the industry, formerly agent, Durban.
25/08/1980: Yvonne Speirs, Fusion Leather, Durban.
26/08/1971: Sadia Edries, Rizzo Sales, Cape Town.
27/08/1945: Krish Gangiah, Impact Footwear, Durban.
27/08/1962: Vidrik Thurling, Reptile Trading, Cape Town.
28/08/1947: Kathy Graham, retired, formerly Bagshaw, Port Elizabeth.
28/08/1964: Maon Saxe, Lonshoe Holdings, Cape Town.
28/08/1969: Craig Munro, Crafcor Hart Hides, Pietermaritzburg.


In Memoriam this week

22/08/2006: Bob Butler (b. 01/02/1928), Burton’s Shoes, Cape Town.
27/08/2006: Keith Barkus (b. 08/04/1954), agent, Durban.
28/08/1997: Richard Denton (b. 24/06/1914), Ricmar group [closed], Durban.
28/08/2013: Tony Denton (b. 06/03/1943), Ricmar group [closed], Himeville.

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