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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 No.6, February 13, 2017

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Sutherland Tannery: Latest

From Neil Button, Stowell Estate Administration Trust
Pietermaritzburg (SA) – The business rescue practitioners (BRP’S) held the first meeting of creditors in terms of the provisions of the companies act on the on the 7th November 2016.
        At this meeting the BRP’S proposed that an extension be granted for the drafting and submitting of a business rescue plan.
        The meeting voted in favour of an extension and the BRP’S are required to draft a business plan by the 13th February 2017, publish the plan by the 20th February 2017 and hold a meeting of Creditors  by no later than the 27th February 2017.
        The BRP’S have received a written offer from an interested party which will be included in a business plan and we are in the process of finalising the terms and conditions therein.
        Because of the delays in receiving the offer, the BRP’S are unable to draft and submit the business rescue plan in terms of the extension granted on the 7th November 2017 and will apply to creditors on the 27th February for an extension of time to lodge the business rescue plan.
        It is anticipated that the plan will be presented to creditors during the beginning of May 2017.



Okapi closes shank plant

Pinetown (SA) – The Okapi division of Southey Holdings Industries, one of two local manufacturers of steel shanks for footwear, has decided to discontinue production of that line as of this month.
        Accountant Derek Wright said shanks were one of a basket of products to be discontinued, and that the group would concentrate on the products “which generate 80% of our turnover”.
        “Our last sale of shoe shanks was actually a year ago, in February 2016,” he said. “The company also closed its Isithebe factory in September, and relocated to group premises in Pinetown.”
        He said Okapi planned to dispose of its stocks of shanks “at competitive prices”. – [+27 (0)32 459 2883,]



Last handful of free flights to Cape Town – going, going…

Cape Town (SA) – Most of the free flights being offered by the Indian Council for Leather Exports to attend its exhibition in Cape Town on March 8 and 9 have been taken up.
        Organiser Deidre Harte says a handful of tickets remain, but that the offer expires at the end of this week.
        The tickets are for component suppliers, footwear and leather goods manufacturers, and footwear and leather goods retailers, from other parts of South Africa, who are genuine potential customers of leather and leather products from India.
        The offer does NOT include accommodation. – Contact Deidre ( to apply.
        She can provide a full list of the exhibitors, most with their website details.



PPE seminar

Johannesburg (SA) – The 2nd annual Personal Protective Equipment Symposium will be held on March 29 and 30 at the 3M auditorium in Woodmead, Johannesburg, according to a release from organiser Amabhubesi.
        It will cover PPE issues including comfort, productivity considerations, eye protection, compliance & style trends in PPE, women’s PPE, PPE for the forestry industry, safety footwear, innovation and technologies within the PPE sector and the challenges faced by end users in acquiring PPE with proper fit for both female and male employees.
        Confirmed panelists are Rani Naidoo-3M South Africa, Isak Marais- Bramhope Group, Neels Nortje- SAIOSH, Jaco Combrinck-3M South Africa, Joep Joubert-IOSM, Dr. Natalie Scheepers, Debbie Joynt- Select PPE, Vijay Nundlall-Sibanye Gold, Raymond Mousa- One Vision Systems, Ndlela Mazibuko-BBF Safety, Katekani Ngobeni –CSIR, Dale Kennedy- Ergomax, Mark Andersen-LexisNexis’s Compliance Division, Harold Gaze-Occutech-Neptun Boot, Michael Fortune-Uhambo Distributors, Vanessa Ronald- SiSi Women Safety Footwear. – Kelly Siasamba [+27 (0)11 050 7007,]



They Said It

"I can assure you, Rodney Bryant is still very much in charge. He still opens the office at 06:00 every morning and is always the last one to leave. It would seem that reaching his ‘50 Years of Service’ to the industry - and getting a new knee - have only motivated him more! No signs of slowing down even as he turns 70 this year!." - Nicholas Bryant, Rodney’s son, on who’s the boss.


Birthdays this week

13/02/1943: Val Barnes, retired, formerly Edcon, Durban.
13/02/1950: Rowan Allison, Midland Leather, Pinetown.
13/02/1950: Dhiraj Dajee, Avalon Job Buyers, Cape Town.
13/02/1964: Jean-Marc Tostee, agent, Durban.
13/02/1975: Naeem Sonpra, Sonpra Bros, Polokwane/Pietersburg.
13/02/1977: Steven Eckstein, Sports Action, Durban.
14/02/1951: Maryse de Ranero, Great Brak River.
14/02/1975: Alita Scholtz, All Protection Safety, Vanderbijlpark.
14/02/19??: Janine du Preez, freelance consultant, Cape Town.
15/02/1957: Ashraf (Baboo) Kader, Kaytex Belts, Pretoria.
15/02/1965: Sanjay Nana, Navada Clothing, Johannesburg.
16/02/1955: Hennie Roets, BKB, Port Elizabeth.
16/02/1966: Lorraine Jackson, agent, Johannesburg.
16/02/1987: Mohamed Hoosen, Winners, Klerksdorp.
17/02/1950: Ian McDonald, retired, formerly Speciality Threads [closed], Amanzimtoti.
17/02/1960: Raju Dhaya, VJ’s Superstore, Humansdorp.
17/02/1966: Anton Sprake, agent, Windhoek, Namibia.
18/02/1942: George Naicker, formerly Edcon, Johannesburg.
18/02/1944: Colin Marx, retired, formerly Tropelli [closed], Pinetown.
18/02/1956: Kevin Thompson, Leatherite International, Pretoria.
18/02/1957: Desmond Sutherland, Aviocean (Natal), Durban.
18/02/1977: Zahir Kader, Kaytex Belts, Pretoria.
19/02/1944: Bruno Tarasconi, Bruno Original, Johannesburg.
19/02/1988: Joash Govender, Prisaan Footwear, Pinetown.


In Memoriam this week

14/02/2004: Brian Matkovich (b. 06/02/1941), Futura Footwear, Pinetown.
17/02/2011: Basil Benjamin (b.27/08/1929), agent, Johannesburg.
19/02/2015: Professor Dr Des Cooper (b. 14/04/1928), Leather Industries’ Research Institute (LIRI) [closed], Grahamstown.

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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