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.
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.
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.
COMESA experts meet in Nairobi for harmonized commodities list
From East Africa Trade Hub, August 30, 2016
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.
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.
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.
A Pinetown-based company has the unusual commercial function of selling brand names. It also composes names to order.
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.
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.
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Next newsletter: September 12, 2016.