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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.2 No.40, October 10, 2016

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

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Export awards

Durban (SA) – 4 of the 5 SAFLEC members nominated for the KZN Exporter of the Year Award have progressed to the finalists stage, finance and admin manager Louise Pelser said on Friday. BBF Safety Group, Bata SA, Nikkita Footwear, Ribtech and Saddler Belts were nominated. BBF Safety Group, Futura Footwear and Saddler Belts were amongst the finalists announced at a function held by the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday. – [+27 (0)31 266 1472,]


Dangee | Carken expands capacity

Johannesburg (SA) – Importer Dangee|Carken has “doubled its warehouse capacity” with a mezzanine floor, MD Robby Stoller said last week. While he didn’t specify the area, the company moved into its Eastgate Extension premises less than a year ago to resolve warehousing capacity problems.



Leather assessor training for footwear

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From left are: Selwyn van Aarde, Diego Moolman (Watson Shoes), Bonginkosi Mngqelane (Barker), Edward Damonse (Jordans), Basil Matzopoulos (course writer), Kevin Olivier (Watson), Mogamat Jappie (facilitator), Gerome Steenkamp (Jordans), Ricardo Jantjies (Barker).

Cape Town (SA) – 6 trainees in the Bolton Footwear Group recently completed a 16 week training programme as leather assessors under the auspices of the Southern Cape Regional Footwear Cluster (SCRFC).
        Outgoing SCRFC manager Marius Ferreira said that a need to upskill the next generation of leather assessors in the leather room was identified, but no suitable training programme was available locally. The training offered by ISTT in Grahamstown – aimed at people working in tanneries rather than shoe factories – did not meet their specific needs either.
        The SCRFC therefore embarked on developing its own training programme and retained veteran shoeman Basil Matzopoulos to write a programme to SAQA standards, with technical input from Gert Kruger and his team from Mossop-Western Tanning, Selwyn van Aarde from Barker Footwear and Ray Oosthuizen from Watson Shoes.
        The programme consists of 3 modules:
● Leather Manufacturing Processes - 4 weeks
● Clicking Process & Manufacturing Footwear using Leather – 8 weeks
● Leather Assessment, Grading, Quality Check, Storing, Returns – 4 weeks
        Highly skilled and experienced facilitators were used to conduct the training.

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Donnovan April (Mossops), Mogamat Jappie (Barker), Nathan Hendricks (Mossops).



Great Brak River (SA) – Marius Ferreira had his second retirement on Friday. He initially retired from Bolton Footwear in 2014 after heading up Bagshaw Footwear in Port Elizabeth. He was brought back to head up the Southern Cape Regional Footwear Cluster (SCRFC), based in Great Brak.


Reader Requests

A local kids’ footwear brand is looking for a manufacturing partner, must be able to do stitch-down constructions and have reasonable minimums and reliable turn-around time. Please contact R. Shaik at 073 220 9686/011 472 4388.




Boksburg (SA) – At Rolfes Chemicals, Quintin Marais has been appointed Divisional MD Water, which will now consist of PWM and Rolfes Leather.
        Andrew Lang, formerly sales manager of Rolfes Leather, moves up to GM - Leather, and the group is advertising for a new key accounts manager (see below).

Pretoria (SA) – BMW SA spokesman Guy Gilfoil has resigned. His ‘designated stand-in’ is David Barns, manager: brand communications.


They Said It

"I can go broke on my own – I don’t need any help." - Former agent and current retailer Eric Majoor, who has made some major lifestyle changes this year. Those include ending 30-something years as an agent, and remarrying on February 29 after a 17-year relationship. Of the latter event, he said it meant "only having to remember the anniversary every 4 years", which wife Penny (fortunately) finds amusing. His store is St Tropez in Westville Mall, Durban.



October 14: National Footwear & Leather Cluster road show, at Exotic Leather SA, Pretoria. Contact Nobri Booyzen,, +27 (0)12 529 8386.
November 8-10: ATF Exhibition, CTICC, Cape Town. See ad.
November 12: Cobblers’ Lunch, Goodwood Sports Club, Milton Road, Goodwood. 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,



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


Birthdays this week

10/10/1969: Nicole Benders, Prime Leathers, Pinetown.
10/10/1943: Jamloot Bhagwandeen, retired, formerly Dick Whittington Shoes, Pietermaritzburg.
10/10/1950: Allen Beckley, Naked Feet, Durban.
10/10/1968: Luke Barrett-Smith, Puma SA, Cape Town.
10/10/1951: Paul Muir, Pasacojo Marketing, Cape Town.
11/10/1956: Anita van Wyk, Shoe 4 U, Hartswater.
11/10/1965: Delene Kapperer, Sisterhood, Pretoria.
11/10/1965: Naresh Dewchan, Austin Footwear.
12/10/1962: Ronell Fromke, Super Shoes, Namibia.
12/10/1972: Nagesh Pillai, Gravel Road, Chatsworth.
12/10/1960: Sam Wu, Footech, Ladysmith.
12/10/1946: Siva Pillay, Verora Paints, Chatsworth.
13/10/1958: Ahmed Shaikh, Young Ideas, Greytown.
14/10/1947: Rodney Bryant, A Greenaways, Cape Town.
14/10/1964: Shirleen Joubert, Edcon, Durban.
14/10/1963: Siraaj Ahmed Hassim, Classic Hawkers Centre, Laudium.
15/10/1956: Joseph Chiang, Sogo Trading, Bellville.
15/10/1975: Debbie Ditchfield, machinery agent, Hillcrest.
15/10/1949: Marianne McCulloch, Watson Shoes Ladies Division, Oudtshoorn.
15/10/1967: Mohammed Reyaz Moosa, Selrite Fashions, Kempton Park.
15/10/19??: Corrie Jurkewitz, Shoes & More, Gansbaai.
16/10/1946: Hannes Harding, FC&T Supplies, Pretoria.


In Memoriam this week

11/10/1994: Eric Ahlfeldt, Pelco, Port Elizabeth.
11/10/2012: John Austin Rice (b. 17/06/1938), Courteney Shoes, Bulawayo.
12/10/2001: Flaviano ‘Fluffy’ Bernardis, (b. 11/12/1944), Andreoli Shoes, Pinetown.
13/10/2014: Kaps Singh (b. 08/04/1957), Famous Shoes, Pietermaritzburg.
15/10/????: Walter William ‘Wally’ Ballard (b. 28/11/1948), Reptile Trading Co, Cape Town.

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


Trade Fair dates

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Classified Adverts


Job Title: Key Accounts Sales Manager
Department: Leather Operations
Reports to: General Manager


  • Matric Certificate
  • National Diploma in Leather or similar qualification
  • 5 – 8 years leather experience

  • Computer literate in MS Office
  • Knowledge of raw hide to wet blue operations essential
  • Knowledge of Retanning and Finishing
CVs can be sent to Andrew Lang, the General Manager - Leather or Quintin Marais, the Managing Director –


Operational footwear factory for sale

On offer: A Durban-based footwear factory, making infants’, children’s, women’s and men’s leather and synthetic shoes and sandals, including school shoes.

The package includes all machinery and equipment to make 2500-3500 pairs in one shift per day, plus lasts, moulds, patterns and brand names. The machinery is between 2 and 10 years old, in good working order, and includes a dieless cutting system with 2D/3D design software. It also includes a PVC/TPR injection moulding plant.

The package includes raw materials, work-in-progress and stock.

It also includes a customer list. The buyer can negotiate to take over existing staff or not.

The offer does NOT include premises, and the buyer would need to move the equipment to his/her own site. The seller would be willing to assist with the relocation.

The seller is retiring.

The asking price is R7.5 million, negotiable.

For further information contact Mohamed Khan at

Michelangelo Menswear Clothing Brand

Established 1955

Looking for Agent covering Eastern Cape and Northern Cape Region.


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