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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 No.5, February 6, 2017

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Nikkita raid: No charges for now, most workers released

Durban (SA) – There are no formal charges at this stage against Nikkita Footwear cc or its members, following a raid last Wednesday by the SAPS and the Department of Home Affairs, Sid Singh of Pather & Pather Attorneys Inc said today.
        He said at a court appearance on Thursday, the prosecutor had declined to place the matter on the roll – citing insufficient evidence without further investigation.
        During the raid, all entrances to Nikkita and its sister company, component manufacturer Brit Footwear, were blocked. A number of staff were identified as potentially illegal immigrants. Some were carrying papers indicating they were both legal immigrants and had work permits. Others were taken to their places of residence to produce those documents. 35 were taken into custody. Nikkita employs around 170 staff and Brit around 35.
        However, one of the members of Nikkita said that 32 of those had been released without bail, but that there was no further information relating to the remaining 3.
        Fellow member, Shaun Ganesh, had his bail of R5 000 returned after the court appearance.
        Ganesh said all staff, including those who had been taken into custody, had been paid rates stipulated by the Wage Agreement.


New cluster: Formation date set

Pretoria (SA) – The Programme Approval Panel of the IDC’s Clothing & Textile Competitiveness Improvement Programme has approved the formation of a new national cluster to replace the former National Footwear & Leather Cluster, according to acting GM Ernest Heunis.
        Likely to be known as the Footwear & Leather Industries Cluster (FLIC), the founding meeting and incorporation meeting will be held on February 15, at the Eddels offices in Pietermaritzburg, and will be attended by representatives of the 4 sub-national clusters who will be its founding members – the Exotic Leather Cluster, the Fast Track Cluster (aka the Foschini/Eddels cluster), the         Durban Regional Cluster (the Mr Price cluster), and the Southern Cape Cluster.
        “Once it has been founded, other stakeholders will be asked to join, as directors and members,” he said.



Flights to Cape Town on offer

Cape Town (SA) – The Indian Council for Leather Exports is offering a limited number of flights to component suppliers, footwear and leather goods manufacturers, and footwear and leather goods retailers, from other parts of South Africa, to attend their exhibition on March 8 and 9. The offer does NOT include accommodation.
        You must obviously be a potential customer.
        Contact Deidre Harte ( to apply.
        A full list of the exhibitors, most with their website details, follows.


India Leather & Footwear Trade Expo exhibitor list released.

Cape Town (SA) – The Council for Leather Exports (CLE) has released the list of exhibitors who will be participating in their India Leather & Footwear Trade Expo, 8 & 9 March 2017, CTICC, Cape Town. So, if you have not already pre-registered to attend the expo, go to and complete the online registration form to gain free entry. The expo will bring together 45 leading manufacturers from India who are all reputable members of The Council for Leather Exports. It offers an excellent platform to snap up new lines, agencies and products and to see what is available from India. An extensive range of products will be showcased including ladies, men’s and children’s leather and non-leather footwear and sandals; leather jackets; small leather goods; safety shoes and boots; finished leather - buffalo, cow, sheep and goat; saddlery items as well as shoe components.
Here is the full list of exhibitors -
Aalee India Exports Pvt. Ltd –
Aks Leather India (Opc) Pvt. Ltd
Alert India (P) Ltd -
Apollo International Ltd -
Ashford Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. (Tregus Inc.) -
Bellissimo Accessories (OPC) Pvt. Ltd -
Daata Leather Exports –
D'lords Footwear & Fashion Pvt. Ltd
Elahi Exim India Pvt. Ltd
Fuzail Shoes Pvt. Ltd
Habib Fashion -
Hanna SCM -
I K International -
Indiana Exports -
International Corporation -
JC Fenasia Exports Pvt. Ltd -
Jalandhar Leather (India) Pvt. Ltd -
Kevin Impex -
Kiwi International -
Leather World -
M & M Exports -
Memor House
M V Shoes -
Naaz Exports (P) Ltd -
Nav International -
Portind Shoe Accessories Pvt. Ltd
Quantum International -
R.S. Lederwaren Pvt. Ltd -
Ramjee Leathers And Supplies -
Richmarks International
Sant Rubbers Ltd -
Sarup Industries Ltd –
Shafs Leather Exports
Siddharth Exports
Sucheta International
Superhouse Limited -
Swarna International
Top Lasts -
Unifab Industries -
Universal Leather Industries
Vista Shoes -
Zuha Leather Pvt. Ltd -

For further information, contact the local show organisers, LTE – leaders in trade exhibitions, on Tel: +27 21 790 5849 or Email:




Decofurn, Edcon changes
Durban (SA) – Veteran Decofurn buyers Ron McNiven (Taku and Sole Shoes) and Floyd Padayachee (The Hub men’s) leave at the end of February.
        Naledi Buthelezi, previously male footwear buyer with Edcon Discount Division, joined Decofurn last week as male gender buyer.
        Pumza Mkentane, previously specialist buyer: pre boys’ with Edcon Discount Division, has also left.
        Neither of them has yet been replaced.

MWL technical manager to join TST
Wellington (SA) – Mossop Western Leathers technical manager Gert Bosch is to join TST Agencies from April.
        “TST is strong in the textile and engineering industries,” he said. “On the leather side, they represent some very good companies, and I see them as a potentially big player in the industry.”

Crouch Footwear to turn 30, expands sales force
Pietermaritzburg (SA) – Crouch Footwear will turn 30 in September, according to the company’s Chad Crouch, head of marketing and agent for Gauteng and surrounds.
        Paddy Drummond is the new sales agent for Crouch in the Western Cape and surrounding areas. He will represent all Crouch brands – KG men’s and women’s, P Crouch & Co, and Jim Green safety and outdoor.


SATRA grows ‘restricted substances’ testing

Kettering (UK) – SATRA’s Chemical and Analytical Technology group has almost doubled its turnover over the past 5 years, according to a release today. The main product sector SATRA serves are footwear, furniture, toys and personal protective equipment (PPE), and “a sizeable portion of the chemistry team’s business is testing in accordance with restricted substances legislation”, the release said.
        “Within Europe, this is mainly driven by REACH (Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006) and the innocuousness requirements for PPE as part of the certification requirements through SATRA’s Notified Body activities.
        “A specialist area that has seen major growth is with the assessment of industrial, examination and surgical gloves to determine their level of protection against hazardous chemicals. SATRA can test to the requirements in EN ISO 374-1:2016 so gloves can be certified against this newly published standard. This involves a new requirement to test the degradation of gloves in accordance with EN 374-4:2013 and permeation testing to EN 16523-1:2015. A new area of permeation testing for SATRA in 2016 was testing against chemotherapy drugs to ASTM D6978. Due to the very low detection limits required, SATRA is one of the few laboratories in Europe that can offer this testing service.”
        All leather, footwear and leather goods exports to the EU are also subject to REACH requirements. – []



Pest alert: Detection of Fall Army Worm for the first time in SA

Pretoria (SA) – According to a release from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) on Friday, a new agricultural pest originally from the Americas has been identified in SA.
        “DAFF today received a diagnostic report from the Agricultural Research Council, Plant Protection Research Institute (ARC PPRI) to confirm that the Fall Army Worm, Spodoptera frugiperda, was positively identified from samples collected in the Limpopo Province.  The samples were jointly collected by scientists from the ARC Grain Institute and the North West University. These were caterpillars that had to pupate and emerge as moths before a positive identification could be done.
        “Fall Army Worm (FAW) is a quarantine pest for South Africa which has a wide host range and can affect crops such as maize, sorghum, soybeans, groundnuts and potatoes. This pest is a good flyer and cannot be contained in a specific area. Damage reported in South Africa so far is mainly on yellow maize varieties and especially on sweetcorn as well as maize planted for seed production. Reports of caterpillar damage have been received mainly from the Limpopo and North West provinces.”


They Said It

"I’m going to start printing his face on milk cartons as a ‘missing person’." - Rajesh Raghunandan, Sew Solutions, on his colleague, Rabin Nagesar, who was last heard from somewhere in the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho.


Birthdays this week

06/02/1964: Wouter Joubert, TFG Apparel Supply Co, Cape Town.
06/02/1971: Carel Pretorius, Pep, Cape Town.
07/02/1945: Errol Smith, ENS Machinery, Durban.
08/02/1955: Mukesh Merchant, Merchant’s Outfitters, Port Elizabeth.
09/02/1989: Tahir Jeewa, Traford Footwear, Durban.
07/02/1957: Arun Prag, Prag Shoes and Leatherworks, Somerset West.
08/02/????: Miles O’Brien, retired, formerly Jordan Shoes, Cape Town.
09/02/1971: Anthony Lopez, Lopez Leathers, Cape Town.
09/02/1973: Steven Govender, Spunlok Laminators, Pinetown.
12/02/1951: Jack Bassage, Eddels Shoes, Pietermaritzburg.
12/02/1961: Jon Robb, Neptun Boot, Pinetown.
12/02/1968: Pino di Lembo, Villani Shoes, Johannesburg.


In Memoriam this week

08/02/2016: Vishal Rishidaw, Smiley’s Footwear, Durban.
09/02/2006: Hubertus ‘Hub’ Bijsterveld (b. 11/12/1932), Bata Zimbabwe and other Bata companies, Gweru.
10/02/1997: Don Craig, Cape Knife, Cape Town.
11/02/2009: Frederick Bernard Cattell (b. 17/08/1917), Cattell’s, Springs.

Do you have any names you’d like to add to our list of birthdays and In Memoriam? Please send the details.


ABSA Agri Trends 31/01: Hides & skins prices

The average bovine hide price over the past week was R15.10/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies. “Hide prices are coming under immense pressure to reduce and the expectations are that prices may drop over the next few weeks.” – Quote from the weekly report, Jan 24.
        The average price for Dorper skins was R46.00/skin and Merino was R94.55/skin.

Hide & skin price progression
Date Hides/Kg Dorper/Skin Merino Skin
19/01 15.34 45.56 81.38
24/01 15.17 40.92 89.52


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