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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.2 No.36, September 12, 2016

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Cobblers’ Lunch: 12th anniversary

From Brian Schenck
Cape Town (SA) –
This year we will be celebrating the 12th anniversary of our annual Cobblers get together.
How time flies!
Details are as follows:
Date: Saturday 12 November 2015
Venue: Goodwood Sports Club, Milton Road, Goodwood
Time: Join us for a pre luncheon drink in the ladies bar from 12.15.
Lunch will be served promptly at 1.00pm
Cost: R 120 per head
Contact any of the following:
Pierre Marais 083 441 8728
Anthony Lopez 082 879 4657
Voden Wearne 082 446 6871
Brian Schenck 083 637 0383


Update ATF Trade Exhibition: ‘Fashion with compassion’ - are pineapple shoes the future of fashion?

Cape Town (SA) – ‘Vegetarian’ shoes and ‘eco-friendly’ shoes are a niche product which crops up increasingly frequently, and one of them will be exhibiting at the ATF Trade Show (November 8-10, CTICC).
        Nae [] is a Portuguese brand which will be represented by local agent Earthquake.
        The range covers formal and casual women’s and men’s shoes and sandals, including flat- to high-heel courts, boots, sneakers, platform sandals and comfort sandals for women, and sport leisure, boat shoes, moccasins, formal and casual boots, and, yes, comfort sandals for men.
        While some of the footwear is made from microfiber, a synthetic nubuck- and suede lookalike, the range includes a lot of cork – both as a soling and as an upper material, and it also includes recycled PET and rubber.
        Perhaps the most interesting material is pineapple leaves, the most recent addition to its range.
According to Earthquake’s Charmaine Hodgson, Nae has a partnership with Pinãtex, an English company that sources pineapple leaves from the Philippines. It says Piñatex is the first fabric to receive a ‘PETA-Approved Vegan’ logo for supplying “compassionate designers and shops with a sustainable, high-performance vegan leather”.
        It says pineapple leaves are waterproof, breathable and non-allergenic. It says that in addition to its aesthetics, the pineapple material is sustainable and does not involve the use of any additional water, pesticides, or fertilizer beyond what is needed to cultivate pineapples for consumption. It says Pinãtex’s pineapple faux leather material, created by Spanish designer Carmen Hijosa, will be commercially available in summer 2016. – [+27 (0)83 534 4187,].
The ATF Trade Exhibition will feature over 150 exhibitors from more than 10 countries. To EXHIBIT or VISIT the ATF Trade Exhibition in November, register online at Contact – [+27 (0)21 790 5849,]



Ethiopia - an agrarian economy in transition

Published on August 31, 2016
Ethiopia has experienced rapid economic growth since 2005, with gross domestic product (GDP) growing at an average rate of 10.5 per cent per annum in real terms for the period between 2004–05 and 2012–13 (Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, MoFED 2013). This makes Ethiopia one of the fastest growing countries in the world. The rapid economic growth has a multifaceted effect on a number of social, economic, and political domains.
        Considering 2015 is the year the first Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP)—the country’s comprehensive five-year development plan with targets aligned to the aim of achieving middle-income status by the mid-2020s—ends, it is a good time to explore the pattern of economic growth in Ethiopia and the relevant growth opportunities and challenges. – [East Africa Trade and Investment Hub August eNewsletter]



ABSA Agri Trends 06/09: Hides & skins prices

The average bovine hide price over the past week was R15.31//kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies.
        The average price for Dorper skins was R35.82/skin and Merino was R76.98/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
31/08 15.32 43.78 65.51



Statistics SA


Trade sales: Textiles, clothing, footwear, leather goods
(R million) Apr-Jun 2015 Apr-Jun 2016 % change
Wholesale 9 064 7 954 -12.2
Retail 37 624 38 617 2.6
Manufacturing: Production & sales
  Jan-Mar 2016 Apr-Jun 2016 % change
Leather & Leather Products 113.9 120.9 6.1
Footwear 99.9 99.3 -0.6



Doctorate for DTI’s Jaywant Irkhede

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Mr Jaywant B. Irkhede receiving his honorary Doctorate from the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Irene Moutlana.

From Lungelo Magwaza, Vaal University of Technology
Mr Jaywant B. Irkhede, Director of the Leather and Footwear sector in the Department of Trade and Industries, was honoured with a Doctorate by The Vaal University of Technology on Tuesday, 6 September during the faculty of Management Science graduation ceremony.
        Mr Irkhede, who was born and raised in Nagpur City (India), began his studies with a Master’s degree in Textile Technology, a Post-Graduation Qualification in Industrial Management and later proceeded to obtain a Master’s in Business Management. He recently completed an International Leadership Development Programme in the United States of America and an Executive Development Programme of the National School of Governance from North West University.
        He has written seven articles over his career with his success documented and published in various media publications. Mr Irkhede was applauded by the President of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma, in his last two State of The Nation Addresses. In 2014, his sector turnaround case study was used by the Honourable Minister of the DTI, Dr Rob Davis, to demonstrate how the public and private sector can effectively grow the industrial economy by working together. His career within the manufacturing field has spanned 31 years, covering positions in the technical and strategic senior, to executive management, and as an independent consultant for the State and private sector in the South African Customs Union.
        His success in turning around the Leather and Footwear manufacturing sectors from stagnation to rapid growth, and his dedication and selfless efforts in establishing sector specific development programmes with different academic institutions, including the Vaal University of Technology is the reason why he has been honoured with a Doctorate. – []



Windhoek (Namibia) – There was a change of ownership at Pfohl’s Men’s Outfitters in March, with Cobus Moller becoming a member in place of Clifford Pfohl. “Richard Pfohl is still with us for the next few years,” Moller said. “Nothing has changed and we stay on the same direction. Cliffy is 72 this year and I think it is time for him to take a break.”

Johannesburg (SA) – Elmine Baumann has left the FP&M Seta. Her place in the Skills Planning & Reporting Division has been taken by Saloshnee Govender – [+27 (0)11 403 1700,


They Said It

"Hey, I was counting them down .......... I can now give the right side of my brain a breather." - Apeco’s Karen Bowman on creating concepts for the company’s adverts.


Birthdays this week

12/09/1940: Tony Mason, retired, formerly Resolute Engineering [closed], Cape Town.
12/09/1950: Ivor Cohen, agent, Cape Town.
14/09/1941: Rob Jordan, retired, formerly Jordan Shoes, Cape Town.
14/09/1955: Rafiq Hajat, Footwear Centre, Malawi.
14/09/1943: B Oerder, Bolt Leather, Bedfordview.
14/09/1968: Nasser Narot, Shoe Preme, Durban.
14/09/1983: Ridhwana Shaik, Save Our Soles Manufacturing, Lenasia.
16/09/1965: Roy Feigenbaum, Superior Leather, Bramley.
17/09/1944: Avril Goldstein, formerly Daisy Roots, Balfour Park.


In Memoriam this week

12/09/2015: Ingo von Falkenhausen (b. 14/12/1931), Cheval Shoes, Pinetown.
13/09/2015: Heinz Adrio (b. 19/08/1940), Busby Leathergoods, Adrio Leathercraft, Durban.
15/09/1995: Andy Bax, NPI, Durban.
15/09/2013: Bruce Mallett (b.27/06/1952), Simply Shoes, Johannesburg.
15/09/2014: Fred Eboru (b. 01/10/1947), Fred Footwear, Port Elizabeth.
18/09/1992: Wally Barkus, agent, Durban.
18/09/2012: Jimmy Andresen (b. 02/06/1947), agent, Johannesburg.
18/09/2000: Marthinus Philipus ‘MP’ Theunissen (b. 09/06/1919), Chemical Specialities/Clariant, Durban.

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