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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 No.15, April 17, 2017

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SARS busts 2380 sneakers worth R2.8m

Pretoria (SA) – Tuesday, 18 April 2017 - SARS Customs made a significant seizure of suspected counterfeit sneakers to the value of R2.8 million at OR Tambo International Airport over the Easter weekend.
During a routine inspection of a cargo shed at the airport, SARS Customs officials intercepted a suspicious consignment weighing 956kg. Upon a detailed inspection over 2 380 sneakers worth almost R2.8-million were discovered. The consignment originated from Hong Kong.
        The goods were detained to be handed over to the intellectual property attorneys of the brand holder to explore possibilities for criminal prosecution.
        Sandile Memela, executive: media & PR for SARS, said the consignment had been discovered on Saturday, but that no further information – including the affected brand and the names of the consigner and consignee – could be released “as the information could impact the investigations if made public.” – [+27 (0)82 800 3750,]


Barker moving into Jordan premises

Cape Town (SA) – Bolton Footwear is in the process of moving its Epping Production Facility – previously Barker Footwear – into its Elsies River Production Facility – previously Jordan Shoes.
        “If truth be told, this move was contemplated years ago by Conshu,” Jordan CEO Noel Whitehead said.
        The move will be completed by July 1, and the Barker factory will occupy the top floor of the building, previously used as a warehouse.
        “We’ve given assurances that no-one will lose their jobs on account of this move,” he said.
        The combined workforce will be around 900 people. The Barker factory produces 1 200 pairs/day and the Jordan factory 1 800 pairs.



No news on footwear tender

Pretoria (SA) – In response to enquiries, the National Treasury said last week it was “still busy” with this year’s national footwear tender.         The tender is expected to include details of the State’s leather goods requirements, which are usually included in the clothing tender report.


SLTC reminder

The annual SLTC conference will take place on the 26 to 28 May 2017 at La Wiida Lodge, on the R511 between Johannesburg and Pretoria. Please contact the secretary, Nicky Phipps, for details. – []



They Said It

"I don’t want to say very much about trading conditions beyond that we all have to keep on pedalling that bicycle." - Graham Weber, Edelstein Distributors, East London.



Birthdays this week

17/05/1951: Andre Otto, retired, formerly Bata, Pinetown.
18/05/1949: Mike Wakeling, retired, formerly agent, Johannesburg.
18/05/1974: Rudolph de L Volschenk, Leo D’ Mar, George.
19/05/1965: Pierre van Niekerk, left the industry, formerly Midland Leather KZN (Gringo), Port Shepstone.
19/05/1970: Chalkie Harrower, C&B Harrower Agencies, Johannesburg.
20/05/1934: Diana Beckley, retired, formerly agent, Durban.
21/05/1949: Norman Norris, retired, formerly Urban Zone, Randburg.
21/05/1949: Donald Blanshard, Foot Fashion, Johannesburg.
22/05/1958: Craig Wells, Sidison Footwear Cape Town.
22/05/1972: Cindy Dunbar, Naked Feet, Durban.
22/05/19??: Dr Willem Burger, SAOBC Ostrich Research, Oudtshoorn.
23/05/1950: Dean Padayachee, Daylan Footwear, Durban.
23/05/1965: Craig Harper, left the industry, formerly Egoli Gumboots, Amanzimtoti.


In Memoriam this week

17/05/2002: Johan Wilken (b. 1/11/1925), Klein Karoo Co-op, Oudtshoorn.
19/05/2009: Robbie Trench (b. 28/03/1945), Panama Shoes, RPM Footwear (both closed), 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 11/04: Hides & skins prices

The average bovine hide price over the past week was R14.68/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 R41.92/skin and Merino was R84.12/skin.
       “Moving forward, prices are expected to gain support from the weakening of the South African currency, especially with the current political climate,” according to the report.

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
14/02 14.65 47.33 95.29
15/03 14.25 39.30 78.75
24/03 14.13 45.27 94.45
28/03 14.07 45.27 94.45
04/04 14.83 41.92 87.58


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