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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 No.10, March 13, 2017

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SACTWU suspends anti-illegal imports protests

Cape Town (SA) – The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has suspended its planned series of protests outside SA Revenue Services (SARS) offices “intended to demonstrate our extreme unhappiness with the crisis of illegal imports flooding into South Africa which SARS has stopped effectively policing over the past two years or so”, according to a release from general secretary Andre Kriel.
        SACTWU held a protest outside the SARS head office in Pretoria last Friday, and had planned another 18 protests outside regional and branch offices around the country, as well as at harbours and other ports of entry, up to the end of March.
        It has suspended the campaign pending a meeting with SARS on April 12.
        SACTWU believes up to R4 billion worth of import duties on clothing and footwear imports from China are lost annually because SARS is not policing imports effectively.


SAFLIA: Import forum ‘going nowhere’

The Southern African Footwear & Leather Industries Association (SAFLIA) had already lost confidence in the SARS. Late last year executive director Jirka Vymetal told the CTFL Industry Forum – a body chaired by SARS and intended to discuss illegal/undervalued imports and similar issues – that he would no longer attend its meetings as they were “achieving nothing”. At a meeting on January 23 with Helena Tripmaker, the senior SARS official on the forum and her team, he said the clothing-dominated forum was “going nowhere” for the footwear industry. Both unions were also invited to this meeting, but neither attended. Vymetal said he felt the structure “needed to be revisited”.

This is a developing story. More to follow.



Stuttafords: Rescue plan approved

From Neil Miller, partner, Mazars
Johannesburg (SA) – The amended business rescue plan was voted and approved by Creditors and Shareholders last Wednesday so we are in the process of implementing the said plan which we envisage will be finalised by mid to end April. – [+27 (0)21 818 5074,]


FLIC: Awaiting final step before starting

Pretoria (SA) – The Footwear & Leather Industries Cluster (FLIC), approved by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in January as the replacement for the National Footwear & Leather Cluster (NFLC), has still to be registered as a legal entity before it can start operating, but its focus will be on “enabling interventions” – primarily in education and training, and creating value chains.
        Where the NFLC had its own premises at Vaal University of Technology in Sebokeng, including a footwear factory, FLIC will assist its 4 founder members – the sub-national/regional clusters – with their projects, and encourage the formation of other, similar clusters.
        The 4 members are: the Exotic Leather SA (ELSA), the Footwear & Leather Goods Regional Cluster/Durban (aka ‘the Mr Price cluster’), the Fast Track Regional Footwear Cluster (the ‘TFG/Eddels cluster’), and the Southern Cape Regional Footwear Cluster.
        At their first meeting, the members appointed Ernest Heunis as interim manager. He was acting GM of the NFLC after the decision was taken to shut it down.
        The NFLC is still under forensic audit by the IDC.



China/DTI offer sports footwear design, technology training

Pretoria (SA) – The Department of Trade & Industry has arranged with China for 30 South Africans, who are already in the footwear industry, to be trained in sports footwear design and manufacturing technology in China. The 28-day course will be paid for by the Chinese Government. Successful applicants will need to pay for their own visa cost. For further information, contact Simon Sello Mello at the DTI. - +27 (0)12 394 1175,]



Durban (SA) – Allan Yates, former CEO of Decofurn, has resigned and left the company. He is currently retired.
        Paul Knoop, formerly merchandise director of Mr Price Sport, joined at the beginning of February as merchandise executive, taking over from Marina van Wyk, who left this month.



Johannesburg (SA) – Renzo Caon, founder of Lorenzi, died on March 11 after a long illness.

Durban (SA) – Former component manufacturer Kevin ‘Tubby’ Hannaford died on March 10.



They Said It

"No, I’m out of footwear. I’ve got a car wash in Sandton now, serving all the who’s who – cash money, medical aid, nice car. How’s the footwear industry doing now?" - Former manufacturer Anwar Cassim, who closed Catwalk Footwear Manufacturers last year.

"I like selfies, so I’ve got quite a few." - Bolton Footwear women’s sales manager Samantha Pillay, when asked if she could forward a photo to go with her quotes in the latest S&V Footwear & Leather Goods Magazine.

"Basically, and after due consideration, I feel obliged to say, that the contribution by Shirac Lamont was simply awesome! Speaking under correction and perhaps as it is said going where even the Chinese fear to tread, I can only say , not without a little trepidation, that I found forty to the paltry but perhaps tongue-in-cheek target of 32. Pedantly yours sincerely." - Theo Heffer, secretary, Association of SA Manufacturers of Luggage, Handbags & General Goods. He was reacting to an article on language in the last issue of S&V Footwear & Leather Goods. I’m scratching my head over it myself.



Stellenbosch (SA) – The Red Meat Abattoir Association (RMAA) conference and congress will be held at the Spier Wine Farm here on May 17-19. – [+27 (0)12 349 1238,]

Kempton Park (SA) – The SA Taxidermy & Tannery Association will hold its inaugural AGM at the Mannah Executive Guest Lodge here on May 17 NS 18. – Yolandi Krause []



Birthdays this week

13/03/1965: Eleugene Human, Johnson Controls SA, Uitenhage.
13/03/1959: Salim Moosajee, Seltex, Johannesburg.
13/03/1977: Sarah Chapman, designer, Durban.
13/03/1981: Colin Muir, Pasacojo Marketing Services, Port Elizabeth.
14/03/1958: Berno Dumas, Watson Shoes, Great Brak River.
14/03/1966: Silvan Pillay, Shoe Biz, Pretoria.
15/03/1965: Neil Solomons, Jordan Shoes, Cape Town.
15/03/1972: Vanyo Mangaliso, Sun Goddess, Johannesburg.
15/03/1973: Jacky Hay, Little Slipper Co., Port Elizabeth.
15/03/1974: Tim Pittaway, Ostrich Emporium, Port Elizabeth.
16/03/1961: Doc Motala, Crown Footwear, Pinetown.
16/03/1965: Rod Bloom, Barksole Quality Services, Cape Town.
16/03/1979: Matthew Boltman, Noo Shoes, Pretoria.
18/03/1948: Stan Rabinowitz, Footwear Direct, Johannesburg.
19/03/1949: Barrie Walsh, Eddels Shoes, Pietermaritzburg.
19/03/1959: Deon van Rensburg, Wayne Plastics, Krugersdorp.
19/03/1972: Morné Pienaar, Memories, Bloemfontein.
19/03/1972: Faieza Akoon, Urban Legends, Bloemfontein.


In Memoriam this week

13/03/1997: Denis Kalil, Payless Shoes, Durban.
14/03/1988: John Begg, BU Shoe Machinery, Port Elizabeth.
17/03/1995: Kees Pulles, Futura Footwear, Loskop.
16/03/2008: Tilly Amery, FISA, Durban.

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 14/02: Hides & skins prices

The average bovine hide price over the past week was R14.65/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies. “The recent strength of the currency and pressure from the demand side has been adding pressure on prices. There may also be stocks still sitting from December, which further add pressure on prices.”
        The average price for Dorper skins was R47.33/skin and Merino was R95.29/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
31/01 15.10 46.00 94.55


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