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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.2 No.41, October 17, 2016

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Chinese New Year – will earlier date affect imports?

Chinese New Year 2017 – on January 28, 11 days earlier than this year – will be “a massive problem” for importers, Garth Ribbink, managing member of component importer Greenaways (Natal), in Durban, said last week. Greenaways specialises in synthetic upper materials and linings.
        “PU suppliers and the markets usually close at least a month before, and our agent has warned us that we need to get in our orders by December 10. We’re aiming to get them in by the end of November.”
        He said Chinese factories would only be back in full production in March, meaning wholesalers would need to hold 3 months’ stock “at a time when all of us are cutting back on stock holding”.
        He said the agent had also warned against placing orders with unknown suppliers, citing a spate of companies accepting deposits, then closing.
        Stuart Worrall, MD of footwear importer Elan-Polo SA, in Cape Town, didn’t think Chinese New Year 2017 would be significantly worse than previous years.
“Every year is a challenge. A cautious approach is always the correct route to take. Component/material suppliers close at least 3-4 weeks before Chinese New Year, and the factories generally close at least 2 weeks before it, and remain closed for at least 3 weeks after it. You can scrap the whole of January and February as a result. Expecting decent quality or timely shipments any earlier is always a gamble. We will expect our first orders after CNY to come out in early March. Anything that comes out before that often suffers from quality problems or late deliveries. That’s a rule of thumb.”
        He said the problems Chinese manufacturers had been having with workers not returning after New Year remains an annual challenge that will always need to be managed. “The majority of factory workers return over a number of weeks looking for better opportunities. This drastically reduces the capacity and output of factories. Nonetheless, it takes at least a month for everything to settle down, and a lot depends on the management style and stability of the factories. Importers who can build a generous buffer either side of CNY are always in a more secure position.”



Component suppliers to form cluster

Pinetown (SA) – Component manufacturers and suppliers are being encouraged by the Department of Trade & Industry to form their own ‘cluster’.
        A meeting was held at Apeco on September 22 to outline the framework, and to establish a sub-cluster for component manufacturers under the National Footwear & Leather Cluster (NFLC).
        DTI footwear and leather director Jay Irkhede outlined the framework and strategic plan of the National Footwear Cluster and how the sub-clusters fitted into this plan.
        Hendrik van der Merwe from Vaal University of Technology (VUT) did a presentation on technical transfer initiatives available to the component cluster.
        The meeting elected a steering committee, under chairman Mark Gibbings, of Apeco, to initiate the formation of a cluster in accordance with the legal framework required by the DTI.  The other committee members are: Alex Largatzis (Vandan), Terence Kirkel (Interbrand), Gregg Ripley-Evans (John Whittle Components), Gunter Hannweg (Hannsa Tool & Die), Malcolm Ramakrishna (Eco Rubber), Daniela Guerrera (Euro Industrials), Milton Zwart (Ribtech), Gavin Smith (IDC), Jay Irkhede (DTI), Simon Mello (DTI), Stephen Chetty (NFLC), and Gerald Wheeler (S.A. Tool & Die).
        It was then agreed that the first committee meeting “should take place as soon as possible to set the process in motion”.



Intobrands takes over Butterfly Twists

Cape Town (SA) – Intobrands, distributor of FitFlop, Hunter Boots and Bedroom Athletics, has taken over SA distribution of UK women’s footwear brand Butterfly Twists, and is currently launching its first range. – [+27 (0)21 510 7608,]



Update on the ATF Trade Exhibition, 8 – 10 November 2016, CTICC, Cape Town

100 stands from China, India to send big first time group

Cape Town (SA) – The Sub-Council of Textile Industry China (CCPIT TEX), will be hosting the China Premium Textile, Apparel & Footwear Trade Show within the ATF Trade Exhibition this year. China Premium Tex aims to bring key industry buyers, decision makers and manufacturers together under one roof to source quality products from quality Chinese suppliers and to discuss investment opportunities in the region. More than 100 manufacturing exporters from China will be showcasing their latest collections and products. China is currently South Africa's largest trading partner. Approximately ZAR262 billion worth of business between the two countries was recorded in 2015.
        For the first time, the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) will be exhibiting at the ATF Trade Exhibition with more than 20 leading clothing, textile, footwear and fashion jewellery manufacturers. Over the past couple of years, India has become a global powerhouse for producing value goods. Due to its access to vast amounts of raw materials including cotton, coupled with low labour cost and an embedded textile tradition, India will continue to grow in strength as a supplier.
        Says William Scalco, organiser of the ATF Trade Exhibition: “Our objective with the event is to encourage foreign direct investment and trade. Two-way trade between South Africa and the rest of the world is important as foreign investment creates a snowball effect – firstly, by increasing job opportunities and secondly, by generating confidence in South Africa as a prospective base for factories and foreign branches. In addition to an extensive range of products that will be displayed to Southern African buyers from chain stores, independent retailers, boutiques, mini chains, agents as well as other important industry decision makers, local and international exhibitors and visitors will also be able to network and discuss possible future joint ventures and investment opportunities with each other.”
        ATF and China Premium Tex combined will feature over 150 manufacturers from 11 countries including South Africa, China, Portugal, Brazil, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Turkey and Austria. A vast array of products will be on display including footwear, leather goods, menswear, womenswear, childrenswear, footwear, hosiery, yarn, fashion accessories, home & interior textiles and made-ups, clothing fabrics and other related products.
        For further information, contact LTE – leaders in trade exhibitions on Tel: 021 790 5849 or Email: To VISIT, pre-register online at There is no entrance fee but pre-registration necessary.  



Accreditation for Acti-Chem lab

Durban (SA) – Speciality chemical manufacturer Acti-Chem SA (Pty) Ltd “is now a SANAS accredited ISO:IEC 17025:2005 organisation that conducts flame retardant testing for workwear in accordance to SANS”, according to a release from sales director Tertia Kahts.         Acti-Chem supplies biocides to the tanning industry, among others, and flame retardant products to the work wear and protective clothing industries, among others. – [+27 (0)31 266 9531,,]


Hush Puppies’ cancer awareness footwear art

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Pictured are 3 of the artworks.

Johannesburg (SA) – Hush Puppies SA’s annual social responsibility event this year was an art exhibition on Saturday designed to raise awareness of breast cancer.
        Held at Arts on Main in Fox Street in an urban renewal area, it displayed artwork from a number of up-and-coming South African artists, “commissioned to create artworks that interpret our Breast Cancer Awareness loafers, the Hush Puppies Basset Hound icon and the Breast Cancer Ribbon or any combination of the above”, according to a release.
        The top 13 artworks will feature in Hush Puppies’ 2017 calendar.


Reader Requests

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The bootie sample.

Paul Geldenhuys of interior textile manufacturer Mozimax in Tongaat has a potential client in Europe looking for booties for dance studios. The purpose of the booties is to keep the dancers’ feet warm between classes. He says his customer would prefer a South African supplier to his existing supplier in China. The initial order is for 1 000 pairs. For further details, contact him. – [+27 (0)83 289 4544,]


They Said It

"After I see some of my customers, I need Valium – either that or the pub." - Agent Ian Gordon on trading conditions.

"Is there a third force working on your line? Better check it out." - SCOT marketing director Frik Kriek’s advice about our Telkom line, which was playing up.




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, November 18: KKI AGM, Oudtshoorn. Contact Celeste Sinden (+27 (0)44 203 5250,


ABSA Agri Trends 11/10: Hides & skins prices

The average bovine hide price over the past week was R15.22/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies.
        The average price for Dorper skins was R30.50/skin and Merino was R72.78/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
04/10 15.07 30.33 76.17


Birthdays this week

17/10/1984: SS Moosa, Shu-Tique Wholesalers, Pretoria.
18/10/1967: Chetan Jeram, Concept Distributors, Pretoria.
19/10/1966: Elize Strauss, Shoe ‘n Do, Reitz.
19/10/19??: Tony Jelinski, Everflex, Pinetown.
19/10/1944: Peter Manley, Secure & Safe Supplies, Durban.
19/10/1966: Hannes Jacobs, KKI, Oudtshoorn.
19/10/1965: Björn Jönsson, Lanxess SA, Johannesburg.
20/10/1946: Steve Bassingthwaighte, retired, formerly agent, Cape Town.
20/10/1955: Dave McDonald, Labora Shoes, Durban.
20/10/1948: DK Pillay, Topline Manufacturers, Durban.
20/10/1957: Steve Dai, Bruce & Jason Trading, Cape Town.
21/10/1971: Derek Malcolm Creed, agent.
22/10/1979: Kevin Govender, Evolution Engineering, Chatsworth.
22/10/1974: Sulaiman Miller, Powerland Group SA Trading, Johannesburg.
22/10/1965: Raymond Philander, Nulaw, George.


In Memoriam this week

17/10/2005: Barney Dodo (b. 11/04/1914), Edworks group, Johannesburg.
19/10/2000: Bill Beckley, (b. 20/07/1927), agent, East London.

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