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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.2 No.39, October 3, 2016

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

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Praise for Eddels training programme

Pietermaritzburg (SA) – Eddels received exceptional praise for its training programmes from the SA Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
        In a circular to qualifications development (QD) managers, Johnny Modiba, QD Manager at the FP&M SETA, which covers footwear among other industries, wrote:
        “I have below put in the feedback extracted from the SAQA Q&S Committee report to the QCTO of Occupation Qualification submitted for registrations by the QCTO, I thought it will be good to share it with all of you:
        “Key Issues relating to QCTO submissions:
“The FP&M SETA: Occupational Certificate: Footwear Bottomstock Production Machine Operator, Level 2 was considered to be the best submission ever submitted by the QCTO.
        “The FP&M SETA: Occupational Certificate: Footwear Lasting and Making Production Machine Operator, Level 2 was also an excellent submission which reflected that although the two FP&M qualifications were closely related and undoubtedly compiled simultaneously by the same team, there was no blatant copying and pasting. This shows the workgroup thought through both qualifications properly. The single omission detected was very minor.” – [+27 (0)11 403 1700, ,]



ATF Trade Exhibition, November: More than 25 footwear exhibitors from India

Cape Town (SA) – There will be over 25 footwear exhibitors among the contingent from India showing at the ATF Trade Exhibition (November 8-10, CTICC). Among them are:
        Welcome Group, one of the country’s largest footwear manufacturers, with over 25 years of experience, will be exhibiting its Welcome Pure, WSL Rocks, Fitness, Lifestar and School Life brands. The products on display will include sandals, flip flops, slippers and fitness shoes. The company has 3 manufacturing units and manufactures over 3 million pairs of footwear a year. Visit
        A-One Footarts will be exhibiting its women’s and men's fashion footwear ranges. Visit
        There will also be a strong apparel group of exhibitors from India, including:
        Green Orbit Apparels will be displaying fashionable, comfortable and contemporary children's garments including frocks, dungarees, onesie's, etc. Visit
        I C Fashions will be showcasing fashion accessories, beach wear and ready-made garments. Visit
        The ATF Trade Exhibition will feature over 150 footwear, fashion accessory, clothing and textile exhibitors from more than 10 countries including South Africa, Portugal, China, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Brazil and Taiwan. To EXHIBIT or VISIT, pre-register online today at There is no entrance fee to visit.
Organisers: LTE – leaders in trade exhibitions, Tel: +27 21 790 5849.



Durban (SA) – Shoe repair supplier Ethekwini Leather & Wholesale has moved to 453 Sydney Road, Congella, as of October 1. The land line has not yet been installed. They can be reached on the following numbers: Selvan 082 561 8922, Suritha 084 567 8082, Ethekwini cell 061 109 7878.



ABSA Agri Trends 4/10: Hides & skins prices

The average bovine hide price over the past week was R15.07/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies.
        The average price for Dorper skins was R30.33/skin and Merino was R76.16/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
13/09 15.33 34.80 80.91
27/09 15.23 32.00 74.62


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


Competition Commission approves Pepkor deal

According to a release, the Competition Commission has recommended to the Tribunal an approval, without conditions, in the large merger whereby Pepkor (Pty) Ltd (Pepkor) intends to acquire Southern View Finance SA (Pty) Ltd (SVF SA) and Van As & Associates Recoveries (Pty) Ltd (Van As).
        Pepkor manages a portfolio of retail chains focused on the discount and value markets and selling predominantly clothing, footwear and textiles as well as furniture. In South Africa, its main clothing stores are PEP, Ackermans, Dunns, John Craig, Shoe City and Flash.
        In the furniture business, Pepkor is active in the retail of furniture, household goods, products for home decoration, electrical appliances, electronics, building materials and do-it-yourself home improvement items through the following stores: Barnetts, Bradlows, Joshua Doore, Morkels, Price ‘n Pride, Russels, Sleepmasters, Hi-fi Corp, Incredible Connection, Pennypinchers, Timber City, Tilehouse, Unitraco and Truss plant.
        SVF SA performs call centre and loan administration services in respect of the Capfin micro-lending business and other entities within the Fulcrum Group. In particular, the call centre evaluates the merits of credit applications, scores the application and issues the credit if the application criteria are met.
        Van As performs debt collection related services, such as briefing attorneys and managing the debt collection process, in respect of the Fulcrum Group’s micro-lending business under Capfin.
        The Commission found that the proposed transaction is unlikely to substantially prevent or lessen competition in any market in South Africa. In addition, the transaction raises no public interest concerns.



National Footwear & Leather Cluster road show:
Schedule of strategy presentations on the NFLC round the country.

Date: 06/10
City: Port Elizabeth
Venue: Bagshaw Footwear
Contact: Tania Kunneke
RSVP (Required):
Tel: 041 4843291
Date: 14/10
City: Pretoria
Venue: Exotic Leather SA
Contact: Nobri Booyzen
RSVP (Required):
Tel: 012 529 8386

NB: For times and dates by which you must respond, see last week’s newsletter or contact the people above.



Cape Town (SA) – The Good Hope Sales Group, which has 19 stores in Namibia and 70 stores in SA operating under the Choice Clothing, Big Daddy and Going Under formats, will open 2 Choice stores in October, in Queenstown and Kimberly, and 1 in November, in Westgate.


They Said It

"Cross my heart and...actually I should be dead by now." - Sew Solutions member Rabin Nagesar on his record of returning calls.

"Apologies for the drag. It’s school holidays now which equates to less time for parents…" - Peter Lin of new importer CY Lin.


Birthdays this week

03/10/1969: André van der Merwe, Oasis Tanning, Krugersdorp.
03/10/1948: Mike Hiss, Chanti Belt/Michael Hiss Agencies, Durban.
03/10/1969: Robby Stoller, Dangee Corporation, Johannesburg.
04/10/1964: Nelson Govender, Prisaan Footwear, Pinetown.
07/10/1969: Gunnar Halbich, Paul Moeller & Co, Cape Town.
08/10/1970: Sharon Bekker, Prima Style, Cape Town.
08/10/19??: Ben Cartoon, Paris Belts, Johannesburg.
08/10/1943: Willie van Vuuren, Fergom (SA), Pinetown.
09/10/1948: Ibrahim Shaikh, Hopewell Footwear, Durban.
09/10/1961: Richard Kushlick, Unique Feet, Johannesburg.
09/10/1971: Phoenix Wang, San Chang Import & Export, Estcourt.
09/10/1946: Yunus Nadgee, agent, Johannesburg.
09/10/1957: RE Badenhorst, Vrystaat Huide & Velle, Kroonstad.


In Memoriam this week

08/10/2011: Johannes Antonius Olde-Olthof (b. 11/10/1928), Tarzan Shoes, Tulbagh.
09/10/2015: Barry Furber, Furber & Whittle [closed], Cape Town.
09/10/2015: Steve Croudace (b. 22/06/1958), Leatherback Footwear, Pietermaritzburg.

Do you have any names you’d like to add to our list of birthdays and In Memoriam? Please send the details.


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