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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.2 No.35, September 5, 2016

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

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DTI offers R30m grants to grow croc industry

Johannesburg (SA) – The Department of Trade & Industry has added registered crocodile and alligator farms to its Aquaculture Development and Enhancement Programme (ADEP), an indicator of the high hopes the DTI’s leather and footwear directorate has for the crocodile industry.
        In an email to members of Exotic Leather SA, Jaywant Irkhede, Director: Leather & Footwear at the DTI, said the scheme would help expand crocodile production.         “ADEP offers a reimbursable cost-sharing grant of up to R30 million towards qualifying costs,” he wrote. “ADEP offers a cost-sharing incentive of up to 80% to qualifying applicants for new, upgrading or expanding projects.”
        More in the next issue of S&V African Leather. – [+27 (0)12 394 5166,]


Tekkie Town/Pepkor deal close?

George (SA) – A source close to Tekkie Town says that negotiations between it and Pepkor, which would see it merge with Pepkor subsidiaries Dunn’s and Shoe City, to create a 700+ store chain, are expected to be finalised by November.
        The source said this was “fairly common knowledge”.
        Tekkie Town marketing manager Gert Claasens did not respond to a request for comment.


Safety footwear firms ‘reluctantly’ accept SABS compromise

Pretoria (SA) – Safety footwear manufacturers have reluctantly accepted a compromise offered by the SA Bureau of Standards in the series of meetings between the SABS, a working group of its footwear customers, and the DTI, over its testing policies and other issues.
        The SABS last year unilaterally announced it would refuse to do ‘partial testing’ of footwear – that is, testing a component or a fault. Instead, irrespective of the request of its footwear customers, it would only be prepared to do a full test of a shoe – an exercise which costs in the region of R55 000 per style.
        Now, where the footwear customer’s request relates to a component, it will do the full range of tests required for that component for the relevant standard, but will not insist on testing the whole shoe.
        “It’s not ideal, but it’s better than the previous policy,” said Silvio Ceriani, BBF Safety Group CEO and the safety footwear industry’s representative at the meetings.
        “It also means component suppliers still have to accept and pay for full tests for their products, and it doesn’t satisfactorily deal with instances where there is some sort of failure to the shoe, requiring analysis.”
        Meanwhile, the expected joint statement from SABS, the working group and the DTI has not materialised.



COMESA experts meet in Nairobi for harmonized commodities list

From East Africa Trade Hub, August 30, 2016
Senior trade ministry experts and heads of customs from 19 countries forming the Common Market for Eastern and South Africa (COMESA) met in Nairobi Friday to agree on a harmonized list of products and taxes to be charged on those products, officials said.
        Francis Mangeni, Director of Trade, Customs and Monetary Affairs at the COMESA Secretariat, said in Nairobi the customs experts and other ministry of trade officials met to discuss a new list of 6,000 products that are traded around the world to agree on the common taxation and how to classify them.



Durban (SA) – The National Bargaining Council of the Leather Industry (NBCLI) and the Southern African Footwear & Leather Industries Association (SAFLIA) both held functions last week.
        On Wednesday, the NBCLI held a dinner at the Hilton Hotel to mark its 90th anniversary.
        On Thursday, SAFLIA held its AGM and annual dinner at the Makaranga Garden Lodge.
        Full coverage will follow in S&V Footwear and Leather Goods Magazine later this month.

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NBCLI general secretary Gerald Naidoo. DTI chief director, textiles, clothing, leather & footwear, Abisha Tembo, was the guest speaker at the NBCLI dinner. DTI director, leather & footwear, Jaywant Irkhede, was the guest speaker at the SAFLIA AGM open session. SAFLIA president Noel Whitehead.


ABSA Agri Trends 31/08: Hides & skins prices

The average bovine hide price over the past week was R15.32//kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies.
        The average price for Dorper skins was R43.78/skin and Merino was R65.51/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
16/08 15.30 39.92 79.52
23/08 15.29 38.77 78.13



Johannesburg (SA) – Yusuf Vadi has been appointed brand manager of Skechers by Brand Folio LLC, replacing Steven Swaby, who resigned 2 weeks ago. Vadi was for a period brand manager of Skechers at previous licensee Footwear Trading, and comes to Brand Folio from Skye Distribution.

Johannesburg (SA) – Former Unique Feet member Ty Ridgeway has left the company and is considering various options.

KwaDukuza (SA) – Rank Stores has undergone a change in ownership and name. It is now Fashion Feet, and Ebrahim Desai has taken over from MS Desai.



Pinetown (SA) – Apeco director Rajesh Kulwa celebrates 20 years’ service with the company. As someone who really did work his way up – he started in the sample room – “it’s one of those great stories that shows with hard work and perseverance, nothing is impossible”, MD Mark Gibbings said.



Something Different

A Pinetown-based company has the unusual commercial function of selling brand names. It also composes names to order.
          Its name is THE GROUP and it specialises in names for the footwear, clothing, and leather industries.         Among names recently registered by it (and for sale) are Gro a pair, and ERUTAN – the back to nature leather. – [+27 (0)31) 702 1950]


They Said It

"No, we have been an OK for 10 years plus, but I also had a clothing store under the same roof. Due to the bigger franchises coming to town and all the hawkers and foreigners I decided to be the 1st choice supermarket rather than the 2nd choice general dealer." - Paul Joseph, explaining why he closed EA Joseph General Dealer in Douglas, Northern Cape, 2 years ago.

"YIKES!!! Mr Dickson, You dared… 58 " - Sharmla Dhanraj, Patrick Price Agencies. She had very kindly sent in his date of birth for the birthday list, and I replied: Dare I ask how old you are?


Birthdays this week

07/09/1981: Mohamed A Lalla, Tysons Shoe & Clothing, Vereeniging.
07/09/1972: Karl Flowers, Authenticae, Northampton.
08/09/1960: Paulo da Silva, emigrated, formerly Bambi Shoes [closed], Durban.
08/09/1970: Kevin Naidu, Shenlea Agencies, Durban.
09/09/1929: Bill Hoffman Erlings, Johannesburg.
09/09/1943: Simon Liu, emigrated, formerly MCA Marketing [out of footwear], Midrand.
09/09/1952: Abisha Tembo, the DTI, Pretoria.
09/09/1953: Fernando Santos, Barker Footwear, Cape Town.


In Memoriam this week

09/09/2000: Erik Peter Rormose (b. 11/03/1934), Bulley’s Tannery/Coja Tannery/Silverton Tannery/KwaNdebele Tanning/Kembe Estates.
11/09/1998: Harry Chafkin, Chafkin's Shoe Co, Benoni.
11/09/2008: Robbie Chapman (b. 10/08/1957), Canterbury International SA [closed], Cape Town.

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