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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.2 No.44, November 7, 2016

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

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Sutherland creditors’ meeting

Pietermaritzburg (SA) – Creditors of Sutherland Tannery (Pty) Ltd gave business rescue practitioner Stowell & Co an extension until February 27, 2017, to negotiate with potential investors and formulate a way forward, attorney Neil Button said after today’s first creditors’ meeting.
        He said ABSA Bank and 20 trade creditors attended the meeting. While the full extent of Sutherland’s indebtedness had still to be calculated, he said ABSA, the largest creditor, was owed R18.5 million.
        He said Sutherland could be sold as a going concern, “but whether it can be saved in the true sense of the word, I’m not sure yet.”


Counterfeit factory: Owner charged

Extracts from
Durban (SA) – The owner of the factory raided on October 19 for producing counterfeit Nike and Guess products had been found and charged in the Durban specialised commercial crime court, Hawks spokesman Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said today.
        He said the case had been postponed to January 19.
        As he had not been asked to plead, he could not be named, he said.
        The factory was at 86 Leicester Road, Mobeni.



Reader requests

Leather Crafting
Port Elizabeth (SA) – I was recommended by one of my leather craftsmen to read S&V Mag. Seems like a whole new world has opened up.
        I'm a 5th generation upholstery, seamstress educator trying to re-establish craftsmanship with my particular love of leather.
        My heart is wanting to start an apprenticeship academy here in PE where I can re-invigorate the "learn while doing" format of learning.
        Do you have any wise words of wisdom or recommendations? – Melisa Du Preez [+27 (0)71 300 6111,]

Women’s small sizes
Cape Town (SA) – Inshaaf Amos is still looking for manufacturers willing to make small quantities of women’s footwear in sizes 1-4. She has had a response from a retailer interested in stocking her footwear.
        She writes: “I'm struggling to find a supplier who is willing to assist a start up with small quantities – say 10 pairs of a size and colour and style.         My aim is to start small and self fund. I need to resolve this issue for so many petite feet ladies.”
        She would like to source women’s work and fashion footwear, including high heel shoes, in synthetic upper materials, and under her own brand. – [+27 (0)79 897 1988,]





Durban (SA) – Ndlela Mazibuko (35) was appointed group sales manager for the BBF Safety Group on July 1 following the departure of Haig Basmadjian.
        He was sales and marketing executive at Aveng Africa Ltd before joining BBF.
        He was born and raised in a township adjoining Parys, and “with hard work and an academic scholarship, worked my way through a B. Comm degree in economics, money and banking into the corporate world”.
        He also completed a management advancement programme and holds a postgraduate diploma in marketing.
        What he didn’t have was prior experience in PPE or footwear “beyond being a user”, he jokes.
        His interests outside of work include running, golf and reading. – [+27 (0)31 710 0400,]



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,

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.
Pretoria: 11/11 at 10.00, SABS Campus, Groenkloof, RSVP Zamo Mthsali, 012 482 8762,
Durban: 14/11 at 10.00, Unit 13 Cedar Park Industrial Estate, 3 Quarry Park Place, Briardene, RSVP Tony Konigkramer, 031 533 6700,
Port Elizabeth: 16/11 at 10.00, 25 & 26, Willow Road Business Park, Willow Road, Fairview, RSVP Steven Titus, 041 398 6900,
Cape Town: 21/11 at 10.00, 14 Railway Rd, Montagu Gardens, RSVP Meisie Katz, 021 526 3400,




They Said It

"You caught me on a good day! Feel like working!!!! Every now and again people phone me up asking what I do after finding my name in the mag. I then ask what they’re looking for and if 'I feel like it' I might decide if I supply that or not!" - GW Cowie & Co Agencies’ Allison Gans. I think she was joking. I’m sure she was joking.

"His birthday is coming up in December. Guess what the theme for the party is." - Rolfes Chemicals leather division GM Andrew Lang on his MD, Quintin Marais, aka Batman. I’m sure he’ll look very fetching in skin-tight Lycra. It’s on the 3rd.


ABSA Agri Trends 1/11: Hides & skins prices

The average bovine hide price over the past week was R15.17/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies.         The average price for Dorper skins was R34.58/skin and Merino was R80.38/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
18/10 15.16 29.00 77.08
25/10 15.17 30.36 77.50



Birthdays this week

07/11/1966: Leslie Govender, Godvast, Durban.
07/11/19??: Garth Ribbinck, A Greenaways Natal, Durban.
07/11/1971: Ajay Singh, United Agencies, Durban.
08/11/1974: Louis de Sousa, Price Rite, Welkom.
08/11/1959: Ashmore Matemera, DyStar Boehme Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe.
09/11/1938: Johnny Makrides, Intershu Distributors, Johannesburg.
08/11/1967: ISW Smit, Clarens Curio, Clarens.
09/11/1972: Chrisi Janse van Vuuren, Chrisi Artwear, Harrismith.
09/11/1977: Darrell Naidoo, Sidekicks, Alberton.
09/11/1963: Sanjay Pattundeen, Caprini Footwear, Durban.
10/11/1961: Granville Steyn, DyStar Boehme Africa, Pietermaritzburg.
11/11/1941: Brian Gurney, retired, formerly Watson Shoes, Great Brak River.
11/11/1961: Wayne and Anthony Matthysen, WAM Agencies, Durban/Johannesburg.
11/11/1963: Thammo Schull, Capcorv Recycling, Germiston.
11/11/1951: William Scalco, LTE, Cape Town.
11/11/1964: Jacoba Nel, Conloo Joinery, Welkom.
11/11/1940: David Chasi, Zambezi Tanners, Bulawayo.
12/11/1966: Bevin Horwitz, agent, Pretoria.
12/11/1954: Kevin van Staden, Bagshaw Footwear, Port Elizabeth.
13/11/1945: Eckie Schumann, Shoetech, Pinetown.
13/11/19??: Indira Singh, retired, formerly Bellstedt, Pinetown.


In Memoriam this week

07/11/2004: Ralph Mossop (b. 04/12/1913), Mossop & Son (now Mossop Western Leathers), Cape Town.
08/11/1993: Roy Lagerwall, Saxian Trading, Johannesburg.
09/11/2004: Trevor Rink (b. 15/08/1947), Cuthberts/Boyman’s [both closed], Johannesburg.
10/11/2013: Barry Nash (b. 06/09/1952), King Tanning [closed], and Buckman, Port Shepstone.
12/11/1997: Angus Ogilvie, Ogilvie's Shoes [closed], Pietermaritzburg.

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