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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.2 No.42, October 24, 2016

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

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Counterfeit factory: Owner being sought

Durban (SA) – Hawks spokesman Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said today a number of people were being questioned in connection with identifying and finding the owner of the Mobeni factory producing counterfeit Nike and Guess products which was raided on October 19 last week. He said until the owner could be found, no court date could be set.
        He said he would provide further information as it became available.
        Nike SA brand protection manager Raj Pather was present during the raid. Nike PRO Seruscka Naidoo issued Nike’s standard comment on counterfeits, but declined to answer questions. She said it was “a police matter”, and that “no person from Nike or on behalf of Nike will comment any further”. 


Saddler wins export award

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Saddler director Cecil Fenwick (second from left), MD Andrew Fenwick (second from right) and SAFLEC executive director Nerisha Jairaj (right) receiving Saddler’s award.

Durban (SA) – Saddler Belts & Leather Craft took first place in its category at the 16th edition of the KZN Exporter of the Year Awards last Thursday, organised by the Durban Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
        It entered the category for small companies.
        BBF Safety Group was a finalist in the category Emerging Exporters, and Bata SA was a finalist in the category for medium companies.
        SAFLEC finance & admin manager Louise Pelser, who is also chairperson of the Durban Chamber Trade and Investment Forum, and who is therefore 1 of 7 judges of the event, said 5 SAFLEC members had entered this year.
        “There are at least 10 who could enter, and I hope next year more of them will do so.”
        Saddler MD Andrew Fenwick said he was ecstatic about the win. “We’ve really put out backs into this. Building a sustainable export market isn’t easy.”



NRCS road show for levy consultations

Pretoria (SA) – The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) will be holding ‘consultation sessions’ in Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town to discuss levies.
        The invitation is to the “automotive, electro-technical, legal metrology, chemicals, mechanical and materials and food and associated industries”.         For footwear, it’s aimed at the safety footwear industry, where the NRCS is responsible for ensuring that all safety footwear sold in SA complies with SANS 20345 or equivalent international standards.
        All safety footwear companies are compelled to pay a levy of between 29 cents and 32 cents per pair of footwear they manufacture or import. A number of footwear firms are withholding payment on the grounds that the NRCS is not performing.
        The schedule is:

City: Pretoria
Date: 11/11
Venue: SABS Campus, Groenkloof
Time: 10.00
RSVP: Zamo Mthsali, 012 482 8762,

City: Durban
Date: 14/11
Venue: Unit 13 Cedar Park Industrial Estate, 3 Quarry Park Place, Briardene
Time: 10:00
RSVP: Tony Konigkramer, 031 533 6700,

City: Port Elizabeth
Date: 16/11
Venue: 25 & 26, Willow Road Business Park, Willow Road, Fairview
Time: 10:00
RSVP: Steven Titus, 041 398 6900,

City: Cape Town
Date: 21/11
Venue: 14 Railway Rd, Montagu Gardens Time: 10:00
RSVP: Meisie Katz, 021 526 3400,


Wage agreements: Extension to non-parties

Pretoria (SA) – The wage agreements reached earlier in the General Goods & Handbags and Tanning Sections of the National Bargaining Council of the Leather Industry of SA were extended to non-parties by the Minister of Labour by way of publishing Government Notices in last Friday’s Government Gazette. The amending agreements will come into effect from Monday, October 31.
        A similar notice, for the Footwear Section, will be published next Friday, and will come into effect on November 7.
        This means that the respective collective agreements will become binding on all employers who are not members of the party employer organisations in the Bargaining Council.  



Update on the ATF Trade Exhibition/China Premium Tex, 8 – 10 November 2016, CTICC, Cape Town

Strong Chinese and Indian participation

Cape Town (SA) – More than 100 Chinese footwear, apparel, textile, leather and related industry manufacturers will exhibit at the annual ATF Trade Exhibition and China Premium Tex (within the ATF Trade Show) next month. Keen participation also comes from India, with the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) exhibiting with 20 manufacturers. Another BRICS member, Brazil, is part of wide-ranging list of exhibiting countries including South Africa, Portugal, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Turkey and Austria. The annual ATF Trade Event is South Africa's only business-to-business platform aimed at connecting local buyers to importers, manufacturers, suppliers and service providers. Some of the footwear and leather companies from China include:

Boading Yicheng Shoes Co. Ltd – Stand C60
Website:, Email:

Cleverland Footwear Manufacturing Limited – Stand C84
Website:, Email:

Hangzhou Youlike Trading Co. Ltd – Stand C104
Website:, Email:

Jieyang Baixin Shoe Industrial Co. Ltd – Stand C14
Website:, Email:

Nanchang Min Liang Shoes Co., Ltd – Stand C80
Website:, Email:

Vantimex Co. Ltd – Stand C56
Website:, Email:

Nantong Helia Plastic Co. Lte – Stand C65
Website:, Email:
Products: Furniture Leathers, Other, Shoe Material

Shaoxing County Yuexiu Import & Export Co. Ltd – Stand C25
Website:, Email:
Products: Furniture Leathers

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.  



Johannesburg (SA) – Eddels agent Lenny Jacobs died on October 18 after a long illness. An obituary will appear in the next issue of S&V Footwear and Leather Goods.

Durban (SA) – Landmark store Karson Shoe Repair closed after 55 years in August.
        According to the proprietor, D Ramjee, the landlord wanted the premises back at the end of Karson’s lease.



Johannesburg (SA) – Edcon Discount Division GM Men's & Boys', Natalie Gibson, has resigned, according to Nella Mraqisa, executive assistant to Urin Ferndale, Chief Executive of the division. “There is no replacement yet for her position. GM Ladies’ & Girls’ Mark Riley is care taking in that portfolio.”

Pietermaritzburg, (SA) – Eddels has made a number of changes to its agency network following the death of Lenny Jacobs (see above), according to marketing manager John Bouwer.
        “We have appointed Lenny’s son Darryl Jacobs in the Gauteng region (+27 (0)82 466 7558,
        “We have split existing agencies and added two more agents to cover the Eastern Cape & Free State / Northern Cape / Lesotho.
        “In the Eastern Cape, agents are Edward Althorpe (+27 (0)82 773 0875 and Graham Althorpe (+27 (0)82 557 4796, +27 (0)43 735 3084,
        “In the Free State, Northern Cape and Lesotho, the agent is Lourens Kleynhans (+27 (0)79 346 7205,”


Address Change

Cape Town (SA) – Leather agent and wholesaler Leather Link has moved premises to 12-B Stella Road, Montague Gardens, according to member Hugo Zuanni. Phone and other details are unchanged.




November 8-10: ATF Exhibition, CTICC, Cape Town. See above.
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 18/10: Hides & skins prices

The average bovine hide price over the past week was R15.16/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies.
        The average price for Dorper skins was R29.00/skin and Merino was R77.08/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
11/10 15.22 30.50 72.78


Birthdays this week

24/10/1956: John Bouwer, Eddels, Pietermaritzburg.
25/10/1969: Leon Buhr, Equator Accessories, Pinetown.
25/10/1966: Michael Schiller, Nakara Leather Tanning & Processing, Windhoek, Namibia.
25/10/1972: Venothan Munsami, Little Slipper Co, Port Elizabeth.
25/10/19??: Chrystal Erasmus, Imaani, Cape Town.
26/10/1962: MH Klopper, Bethlehem Hides & Skin, Bethlehem.
26/10/1971: Ayoob Seedat, Shoe Tech, Springs.
26/10/1941: Rob Morris, retired, formerly BU Technical [closed], Cape Town.
27/10/1950: Beverly Phillips, retired, formerly Futura Footwear, Pinetown.
27/10/1949: Rolf Stumpfe, Lederwerkstatt, George.
28/10/1970: Sannet Gerber, Zoom In Shoe Boutique, Jeffry’s Bay.
30/10/1939: Peter Boudewijns, retired, formerly Badger Footwear [closed], Port Elizabeth.


In Memoriam this week

24/10/1999: Norma Varley, Edcon, Durban.
24/10/1995: Wally Zwart, Dick Whittington, Pietermaritzburg.
25/10/2000: CIR Rex Van Coller, (b. 12/04/1925), agent, Durban.
25/10/2005: Braam Keyser (b. 05/09/1957), Feltex Automotive Leathers [closed], Ladysmith.
26/10/2015: Richard Reddiar (b. 29/03/1943), Premier Safety Footwear, Johannesburg.
27/10/1994: Brian Vincer (Futura).
30/10/2001: David Cairns (BASF SA).

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