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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.2 No.48, December 5, 2016

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

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New lines to come out of Premier auction

Johannesburg (SA) – At least 2 new footwear lines will come out of the auction of Premier Safety Footwear’s assets on November 24.
        Jozi Footwear bought the premises, for R2.8 million, and various items of equipment including Premier’s EVA Phylon moulding machine.
        Jozi owner Rajen Naicker said he and wife Rosslyn had not decided when, or even if, they would move to the Devland factory from their rented premises, or what they would do with the Phylon machine.
        Jozi currently makes men’s and women’s synthetic upper moccasin and toe lasted footwear.
        Angel Footwear Manufacturers bought Premier’s 16-station PU direct injection moulding machine, with moulds, for R275 000, and will be entering the safety footwear market next year.
        Angel previously made rubber-soled safety footwear under the Bell brand for Futura Footwear, but has not had direct injection moulded PU experience. It will use the expertise of its sister company, Reunion Footwear Components, to operate the PU machine, Reunion national agent Matthew Hansen said. The machine will be commissioned early next year.         Tego Footwear also bought equipment at the auction. “We bought extra machines for back up to save on downtime,” proprietor Mohamed Vanker said. “Most of the machines we bought are duplicates of what we already have.”


Component cluster ‘will benefit all suppliers’

Durban (SA) – The newly-formed Footwear & Accessories Component Cluster (FACC) has gained some traction, chairman Mark Gibbings said last week.
        Founded at the behest of the DTI, this latest cluster is intended to “up-skill and implement innovation and technology in the component industry in order to help the footwear industry grow”, he said. It will operate by sourcing government funding for various projects.
        “So far there are 19 component manufacturers who have indicated they want to be part of the cluster, and the component cluster consultant is busy meeting with all interested parties and should have completed all interviews by December 9. On January 17 a final steering committee meeting will be held to analyse the draft component cluster document, which will need to be submitted to the DTI by January 31.”


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From left: Jacky Hay (Little Slipper Company), Mark Gibbings (Apeco), André Compion (PMC Group), Noel Whitehead (Jordan Shoes), John C0omley (Eddels), Francois Strydom (Watson Shoes), and Mahomed Mahomed (Willowton Footwear).

Durban(SA) – SAFLIA is issuing all members with new membership certificates, and executive director Jirka Vymetal hopes to visit all members next year to personally hand them over. At the last Mancom meeting of the year on December 1, the committee members were the first to receive theirs.  



PASA Congress dates and venue

Johannesburg (SA) – The 11th Podiatry Association of SA (PASA) congress will be held at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton from August 18-20.
        In a release, the organisers said: “We are proud to announce that Simon Bartold is going to be one of our 3 keynote speakers. Not only is Simon known internationally for his knowledge and for but Simon has also been the key person in designing of some of the top running shoes.” – []




Cape Town (SA) – I do enjoy receiving your newsletter and having been an agent in the Western Cape for 40 years it is nice to keep in the loop with what is going on in the footwear industry. I am still in business with fashion brands (Clothing) and so enjoyed the many years selling footwear in the Western Cape. – Trevor Espey, Top Fashion Agent. DOB: 11/11/1947


Ernie Aaron

Cape Town (SA) – Please would anyone who remembers former agent Ernie Aaron – last with Golden Footwear in KZN – contact me to assist with his obituary. – Tony Dickson [+27 (0)83 757 4627,]


They Said It

"One brand, one man – that’s me." - Exotan accounts manager Jerome Ingenhoes, who marked 40 years with the company – now part of Klein Karoo International – in November.

"That would be news. I share an office with Mitchell. He supports Mark and Zainul. That would leave ‘Little’ Richard, who works as a driver, and Zain, who is with MTN in a senior management position, and David, who is only 12. I write nothing off as this has been a very strange year. I will be in touch if anything comes out of the woodwork." - PPE distributor Paul Bruyns reacting to a rumour that 1 of Richard Reddiar’s 6 sons plans to open a factory following the auction of the assets of Reddiar’s factory, Premier Safety Footwear (see above).


ABSA Agri Trends 29/11: Hides & skins prices

The average bovine hide price over the past week was R15.62/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies.
        The average price for Dorper skins was R35.91/skin and Merino was R81.21/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
01/11 15.17 34.58 80.38
15/11 15.24 35.00 78.75
22/11 15.19 35.45 80.00


Birthdays this week

05/12/1941: Kishor Makan, agent, Johannesburg.
05/12/1961: Eckhard Marshing, ACA Threads, Cape Town.
05/12/1963: Dr Clive Jackson-Moss, ISTT, Grahamstown.
05/12/1970: Robert Chapman, Branded Footwear, Port Elizabeth.
07/12/1947: Denton Estment, retired, formerly Tuftex, Pinetown.
07/12/1960: Faldiela Paulsen, Dynatrade, Sandton.
07/12/1973: Brendan Thomas, Techmelt & Polymers, Pinetown.
08/12/1972: Alan Shadbolt, Castaway Components, Cape Town.
08/12/1970: Doug Turner, Uniek Leatherworks, Polokwane/Pietersburg.
08/12/1978: Barbara Wessels, Fleur Avant, Stellenbosch.
09/12/1944: John Watt, Bresan Footwear, Pietermaritzburg.
09/12/1957: Rory Anderson, Rory Anderson Agencies, Cape Town.
09/12/1949: Bob Ludlow, Albertina Bay, Durban.
09/12/1977: Yusuf Salie, AM Showroom/Shoe City, Marble Hall.
10/12/1965: Benson Gor Okumu, Futura Footwear, Pinetown.
10/12/1987: Mohammed Loonat, Civic Outfitters, Boksburg.
11/12/1965: Anwar Cassim, Catwalk Footwear Manufacturers, Durban.
11/12/1951: Michael O’Connor, Jensen Belts, Cape Town.


In Memoriam this week


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Factory managers sought

Golden Dragon Manufacturer is a fully moulded footwear factory in Tongaat looking to fill two positions for Factory Managers. Applicants can send their CVs to: The positions will be available from 15th of January 2016.




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