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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 No.16, April 24, 2017

This Newsletter is sponsored by SAFLIA

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SLTC reminder

Pretoria (SA) – 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. – []


New venture

Durban (SA) – Rory Ramsay, one third of the Ramsay footwear family with his father, Bunny, and his brother, Gareth, has set up his own company, Feetfirst Distribution, specialising in stitch-and-turn ballerina pumps to wholesale to chains and for export. – [+27 (0)31 207 3731,]




Johannesburg (SA) – Former Stuttafords footwear, accessories and women’s apparel buyer Wendy Stanek, who took a retrenchment package in January, is consulting to a number of unnamed footwear and accessories brands. – [+27 (0)82 553 8850,]



Key SA manufacturers showing at Source Africa

From Deidre Harte, LTE
Cape Town (SA) – If you have not yet registered to visit the Source Africa Trade Show which will take place on 24 & 25 May 2017 at the CTICC in Cape Town, you can do so online at Entry to the show is free but pre-registration necessary. Source Africa will feature top class manufacturers, suppliers and service providers from 15 countries.
       Some of the exhibitors at Source Africa next month ...
Saddler Belts & Leathercraft (Pty) Ltd – a leading producer of genuine leather belts will be displaying their men’s and ladies’ fashion belts. The inspiration for their designs comes from all over the world, with a touch of South African flavour. The company has the ability for large capacity production and offers quick turnaround times. They pride themselves in their flexibility and are able to tailor-make belts for most industries and applications.
Angelsoft Shoes - Angelsoft is the only South African footwear manufacturer currently making comfort sandals with this production process where the light and soft PU sole is moulded directly onto the upper and sock material fusing it together (referred to as the PU DIP pouring process). The result is a product that is superior in weight, flexibility, durability and best of all soft and comfortable.
Labora Shoes (Pty) Ltd – Labora Shoes is a proudly South African family-run shoe manufacturing business.  The business has grown rapidly from 1990 with a production run of 100 pairs of shoes per day until today where the factory now produces more than 40 000 pairs of shoes per month.  Their team delivers high quality footwear in multiple combinations of material, colours and styles.
Bolton Footwear – Bolton Footwear is active in the footwear manufacture and wholesale trade. It is one of Southern Africa’s foremost footwear companies, comprising four factories with an unparalled ability in the manufacture of footwear. Bolton Footwear guarantees quality, impeccable style and brands you love and trust.
BBF Safety Group – BBF Safety Group was born from a merger of some of the most respected safety footwear manufacturers in South Africa – Bagshaw Footwear, Beier Safety Footwear, Bronx Safety, United Frams and Wayne. The group has over 200 years combined experience and offers some of the most recognised and trusted brands such as Bova, Bronx Safety, Frams, Fuel, Lemaitre, Sisi and Wayne.
       In addition to the Source Africa Trade Show, there will be fashion walks, wine tastings, exhibitor promotions and important industry presentations including (full programme, times and venues on the website –

Responsible Sourcing Auditing: Essentials for Suppliers to Save Time and Money
Presented by Christian Gerling, General Manager EMEA LA, UL Consumer & Retail Services, Germany
State of the Art of Dyeing and Finishing
Presented by Jürgen Brockmann, Director, Thies GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Weaving Technologies, Innovation, Energy Saving, Weaving Machinery and World Markets/Tendencies
Presented by Bruno Caffieri, Sales Manager, Picanol, Belgium
WGSN Trendtalks (Spring/Summer 18 Buyers’ Briefing – Womenswear & Menswear)
Presented by Sara Maggioni, Director of Retail & Buying, WGSN, United Kingdom

       There are still some stands left so, if you would like to EXHIBIT, contact the Organisers, Lte – leaders in trade exhibitions, Tel: +27 21 790 5849, Email: To register for any of the seminars and the trade show, click on



They Said It

"I think you are 1 month ahead on birthdays. Don’t wish our lives away." - SAFLIA director Jirka Vymetal.


Owing to our error last week, we include last week’s birthdays and In Memoriam.

Birthdays this week

17/04/1948: Graham Althorpe, agent, East London.
17/04/1948: William James Mail, Norton Wellworth Agencies, Johannesburg.
17/04/1957: Colin Battle, agent, Port Elizabeth.
18/04/1976: Neelan Parumaul, Melton Adhesives, New Germany.
19/04/1946: Mike Pengelly, Trailmix Trading, Durban.
19/04/19??: Chris Beedle, Freestone Global Trade, Johannesburg.
20/04/1954: Barry Clayton, Shoe City, Port Elizabeth.
20/04/1960: Glen Mitchell, Shoprite Checkers, Cape Town.
20/04/1963: Angie Tootla, The Rose Lady, KwaDukuza/Stanger.
20/04/1957: Johnny Kleynhans, ConsulTan, Bulawayo.
20/04/1948: Michael Hoffmann, Max-Cowell, Port Elizabeth.
21/04/1972: Stanton Pullen, previously NFLC, Vanderbijlpark.
21/04/1959: Jirka Vymetal, SAFLIA, Durban.
22/04/1959: John Comley, Eddels, Pietermaritzburg.
22/04/1959: Richard Louw, Quality Store, Lephalale.
22/04/1986: Shaun Moodley, BM Agencies, Durban.
23/04/1951: Jerry Pillay, Triple S Footwear, Durban.
25/04/1963: Neil Barnes, Millbrook Trading, Durban.
25/04/1971: Clinton Cloete, Bagshaw Footwear, Port Elizabeth.
25/04/1961: Marcelle Kurth, emigrated, formerly Corbeau, Cape Town.
25/04/1955: Maryrose Lesalaisa, Cee Dee Footwear, Johannesburg.
26/04/1965: Faizel Jeewa, Traford Footwear, Durban.
26/04/1982: Keaton Quarmby, Falke Eurosocks, Cape Town.
26/04/1953: Rodney Hill, left the industry, formerly Prime Leathers, Pinetown.
26/04/1943: Juan Lichnovsky, retired, formerly Futura Footwear, Pinetown.
26/04/1964: Desmond Swartz, DS Agencies, Johannesburg.
27/04/1968: Wyatt Brodie, left the industry, formerly Polo SA, Johannesburg.
27/04/1964: Francois Strydom, Watson Shoes, Great Brak River.
27/04/1944: Kelly Smith, agent.
29/04/1951: Elizabeth Loubser, Bolton Group, Great Brak River.
28/04/1972: Serge Glowiczower, Lion’s Gate, Johannesburg.
28/04/1949: Malcolm Novos, Economic Shoes, Paarl.
30/04/1959: Gustav Franzsen, Vinaco, Cape Town.
30/04/1964: Hayley Roberts (nee Caro), Mr Price, Durban.
30/04/1946: Willi Angeloch, retired, formerly Nakara, Windhoek.
30/04/1985: Gert Bosch, TST Agencies, Cape Town.


In Memoriam this week

21/04/2012: MG Moodley (b. 08/04/1922), MG Shoes/Ballucci Footwear [both closed], Pietermaritzburg.
22/04/2007: Louise Cowie (b.05/06/?), GW Cowie & Co, Durban.
23/04/2012: Chris van der Merwe (b.05/04/1945), Oasis Tanning, Krugersdorp.
26/04/2005: Bryan Dean (b. 09/01/1939), Amber Footwear [closed], Pietermaritzburg.
26/04/2012: Roy Eckstein (b. 22/10/1941), Reebok, Springfield, and Jaguar [closed], Durban.
30/04/2012: Ebrahim Aboo (b. 07/08/1948), MG Shoes [closed], Pietermaritzburg.

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 19/04: Hides & skins prices

The average bovine hide price over the past week was R14.77/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 R43.85/skin and Merino was R92.32/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
11/04 14.68 41.92 84.12


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