S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 No.1, January 9, 2017
S&V Footwear and Leather Goods / S&V African Leather/ S&V Protect
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We wish our readers a happy New Year
Festive Season sales: Reaction from Independents indicates that sales throughout southern Africa were down on the previous year.
Mahomed Iqbal Anwary, director, Anwary’s, Butha-Buthe, Lesotho
‘We all depend on South Africa’
December was down by 20% in turnover, and more in units. It was a very quiet month.
Peter Meinzer, proprietor, Thiel’s Shoes, Windhoek, Namibia
Namibia’s economy heads south
The past 18 months had Namibia’s economic welfare heading downward in a rapid pace leaving retailers in a trading environment as never experienced before!
Amboo Patel, proprietor, American Tailors & Outfitters, Roodepoort, SA
‘You have to stay positive’
Our December turnover was up by about 5% – and that was only because the price of goods was up.
Kris Karpinski, member, Shoe Stop/Orange, Cape Town, SA
‘Black Friday’ had serious effect on December trading
The season again started very late – this time, I think, because of the impact of ‘Black Friday’, which seemed to suck a lot of money out of the system. By December 14 we were 18% down the same period the year before. Consumers then started spending again, and we ended up almost on par with the previous December – down in units, but more-or-less the same in turnover.
Gillian Adno Verity, member, Adno’s Outfitters, Brakpan, SA
Back-to-school sales likely to drop
The major part of our business is school uniforms and school shoes, and our busiest period of the year is the few days leading up to back-to-school. Right at the moment, we’re busy – whether we’re as busy as we were at this time last year, I can’t yet say, but I don’t think so.
Paul Coetsee, member, Kaburi Clothing cc t/a Elegant Man, Matatiele, SA
Overtrading adds to problems
2016 was not an easy year. To sum it up, we had to work a lot harder for much less. I do not know if that generally is the case.
Durban (SA) – Bata SA has appointed John Harman as its new company manager. We hope to publish more details shortly.
Sutherland Tannery: Awaiting written offers
Pietermaritzburg (SA) – The business rescue practitioners handling Sutherland Tannery (Pty) Ltd will have further meetings – later this week and next week – with 2 of a number of parties interested in taking over the business, Neil Button of Stowell & Co. said today.
SAFLIA, SARS to discuss imports
Durban (SA) – SARS is to meet with the Southern African Footwear & Leather Industries Association (SAFLIA) on January 23 to discuss issues around footwear imports (Risk Rules), according to executive director Jirka Vymetal.
Skye Distribution changes
Johannesburg (SA) – Skye Distribution MD Richard Dixon resigned late last year and left at the end of December. Former financial executive Clinton Patterson has been appointed MD.
Mark Gibbings, MD of Apeco, celebrates 35 years’ service on 18 January 2017. From his Management and staff: “We raise a toast in congratulating you on this momentous achievement. We know that people are the essence of any great company and that having great leadership is why we’re where we are today.”
SAFLEC off to Riva del Garda
Durban (SA) – SA Footwear & Leather Export Council executive director Nerisha Jairaj and finance & admin manager Louise Pelser fly out tomorrow to host SAFLEC’s first stand at the Exporivaschuh fair in Riva de Garda, Italy.
She said SAFLEC’s entire membership – mostly made up of footwear manufacturers (95% footwear and 5% general goods) – had been invited to take part, but only the 3 companies had responded in the restricted time available.
SAFLEC’s second exhibition this year will be the security, safety & health fair, Intersec, in Dubai, from January 22-24. She said the BBF Group was the only South African exhibitor, exhibiting several different brands.
“They’re ticking all the right boxes from an international marketing perspective, with excellent strategies,” she said. “Some of the previous exhibitors have agents exhibiting for them.”
BBF will pay for the trip and can claim a portion back from the DTI via EMIA. – [+27 (0)31 266 1472, firstname.lastname@example.org]
I am a women’s clothing designer based in Johannesburg. I am looking to develop leather shoes for my collection but I’m not sure where to begin or who to approach to get them into production.
They Said It
"I’ve run out of rabbits to pull out of the hat." - Shoe Stop’s Kris Karpinski on trading conditions.
ABSA Agri Trends 13/12: Hides & skins prices
The average bovine hide price over the past week was R15.63/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies.
Birthdays this week
09/01/1962: Ming-Ter Tso, Mingfay International Trade, Johannesburg.
In Memoriam up to January 8
14/01/2004: Louis Nossel (b. 01/12/1931), Dolltown Shoes [closed], 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
For a list of local and international trade fairs covering footwear, leather goods, leather and PPE, visit our website: http://www.svmag.co.za/events.php
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: email@example.com. The positions will be available from 15th of January 2017.
Experienced footwear agent seeking agencies for Gauteng
Has many years experience in men’s, ladies’, children’s footwear.
News & Classifieds: Tony Dickson, +27 (0)31 209 7505, firstname.lastname@example.org
Next newsletter: January 16, 2017.