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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.2 No.37, September 19, 2016

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

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Treasury revising footwear tender specs

Pretoria (SA) – The National Treasury is revising the categories of footwear available to government departments as part of the national footwear tender, with a view reducing the number of styles and encouraging more departments to participate in the tender.
        In a reply from ‘the office of the Chief Procurement Officer’, the Treasury said publication of this year’s national footwear tender, RT59 2016, had been delayed “to verify administrative compliance of all bidders”, which may have meant asking why prices had risen more than in previous years.
        It added footwear items on contract were being restructured to simplify them, “with the aim of achieving bigger pairages of a smaller number of styles and encouraging more Departments to participate in the contract”.
        Referring to the participation in this year’s contract by Midvaal Municipality, it said: “Municipalities are another layer of government, so their participation to Transversal Contracts is encouraged.  It is not the start of handling tenders for municipalities, all spheres of government have previously submitted requests to participate in contracts awarded through competitive process.  Where the contract is still valid, permission is granted to participate.”


SAFLIA board members elected

Durban (SA) – Jordan & Co CEO and outgoing SAFLIA chairman Noel Whitehead, Willowton Footwear member Mahomed Mahomed, Watson Shoes COO Francois Strydom, and Eddels Shoes CEO John Comley (co-opted) were re-elected to the SAFLIA board at the AGM on September 1st. They will serve a 4-year term.
        Little Slipper Company COO Jacky Hay was elected to the board following the resignation of long-serving board member and former chairman Sanjay Pattundeen, MD of Caprini Footwear.
        The election of the incoming chairman and possible other changes to the board will take place at the next management committee (Mancom) meeting in November. The date is still to be decided.



Private game ranches ‘much bigger’ than national parks

Pretoria (SA) – Private game ranches cover more than 3 times as much land as South Africa’s national parks, and hold double the number of large mammals, according to a release by Wildlife Ranching SA yesterday.
        WRSA president Wiaan van der Linde said approximately 10 000 privately-owned game ranches covered about 20 million hectares – “most of which is marginal land, unsuited to traditional agricultural purposes” – and carried “around 12 million head of game”, including 30% of the country’s white rhinos and 23% of its black rhinos.
        He said South Africa’s national parks are home to 6 million head of game in a total area of only 6 million hectares.
        The full report will be in S&V African Leather shortly. 



ABSA Agri Trends 13/09: Hides & skins prices

The average bovine hide price over the past week was R15.33//kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies.
        The average price for Dorper skins was R34.80/skin and Merino was R80.91/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
06/09 15.31 35.82 76.98



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


Cobblers’ Lunch 2016

Cape Town (SA) – To the various eagle-eyed readers who pointed out the error, the details for this year’s Cobblers’ Lunch are as follows:
Date: Saturday 12 November 2016 (not 2015 as originally stated).
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



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Gary Gilder

Cape Town (SA) – Former Barker Footwear sales manager Gary Gilder has been appointed as the new sales and development manager for Olympic International Footwear at Jordan & Co.
        Born in Harare and raised in Durban, Gilder holds a Diploma in Business Management from the Natal Technikon. “I have 7 years’ experience in my industry. What I’ve come to enjoy the most is being able to assist and develop ranges for the market, as well develop sales and marketing strategies. I’m always looking for new challenges.
        “The current economic climate forces you to offer the best value for money and be on top of your game all the time.”
        Gilder cites his greatest achievement as playing cricket for South Africa as a left arm fast bowler and right hand batsman.


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They Said It

"Government’s role is not to create jobs. It is to create an environment to allow you to create jobs." - DTI chief director CTFL Abisha Tembo, speaking at the National Bargaining Council dinner.



Durban (SA) – The SA Footwear & Leather Export Council (SAFLEC) has advised that the KZN Exporter of the Year Awards 2016 will be held at the International Convention Centre on October 20, starting at 18h00 for 18h30. 4 footwear manufacturers and 1 belt manufacturer have entered. Details on attending will be published next week.


Birthdays this week

19/09/1976: Harunur Rashid Rubel, Splendour Investments Ltd, Manzini, Swaziland.
20/09/1947: Patrick ‘Chicken’ Price, agent, Durban.
21/09/19??: Renate du Rand, Ghia 33 Shoes & Accessories, Knysna.
22/09/1972: Martin Dedekind, Hlungwana Trading Store, Paulpietersburg.
23/09/1945: Devan Nayager, Shoe Africa, Durban.
23/09/1951: Grant Fraser, Claw Boot, Johannesburg.
23/09/1972: John Volkwyn, Watson Shoes, Great Brak River.
24/09/1944: Ron MacNiven, Decofurn, Durban.
24/09/1964: Hester Meijer, Berklee Fashion Clothing, East London.
25/09/1965: Mahomed Dawood Kaka, Skoen Boetiek, Lichtenburg.
25/09/1973: Michael Cloete, Resource Fashion Trading, Cape Town.
25/09/1974: Yousuf M Jadwat, Fast Forward Clothing Co, Bellville.
25/09/1979: Zaid Paruk, City Express Stores, Durban.


In Memoriam this week

20/09/1998: PW (Pat) Singh, Palm Footwear, Durban.
21/09/1997: Ronnie Venter, agent.
22/09/2005: Simon Power (b. 10/07/1950), Mister Mover, Pinetown.
23/09/2005: Tony Mossop (b. 30/06/1942), Mossop-Western Leathers, Wellington.
24/09/2003: Werner Fehr, agent, Cape Town.

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