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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 No.20, May 22, 2017

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Wage negotiations: Tanning, Footwear, head for third round

Durban (SA) – Employer bodies and unions in both the Tanning Sector and the Footwear Sector were unable to reach agreement during the second rounds of their respective wage agreement negotiations, and both will hold a third round.
       Gerald Naidoo, general secretary and principal officer of the National Bargaining Council of the Leather Industry of SA, said the Tanning Sector would hold its third round on June 12 and 13, in Port Elizabeth.
       He said the Footwear Sector’s third round would be held on June 21 and 22, in Durban.
       He declined to elaborate on the reasons for the stalled negotiations. Both sides are faced with the uncertainty of the country’s credit rating, and the effects that will have on inflation and the value of the currency.
       The General Goods & Handbag Sector, the third of the 3 sectors in the NBCLI, will hold its second round on June 5 and 6. – [+27 (0)31 305 8230,]



SLTC Convention

Johannesburg (SA) – There are still a few rooms available at La Wiida Lodge for the SLTC Convention taking place this weekend (May 26 and 27). Please contact Nicola Phipps on +27 (0)79 495 1926, Over 40 delegates have booked so far.


ARSUTORIA in SA: Workshop full, still space at seminars

Pretoria (SA) – The 4-day workshop by ARSUTORIA for footwear and leather goods manufacturers in June is fully subscribed, but there is still space in the 6 half day trend presentations by the ARSUTORIA trends research team.
       The provisional venues and times are:
* Durban, Monday 19 June 2017
Durban University of Technology, Ritson Campus
10h 00 - 13h00 (manufacturers and component suppliers)
14h00-17h00 (retailers, importers, buyers and wholesalers.)

* Cape Town, Wednesday 21 June 2017
Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Hotel School Waterfront
10h 00 - 13h00 (manufacturers and component suppliers)
14h00-17h00 (retailers, importers, buyers and wholesalers.)

* Johannesburg, Friday 23 June 2017
UNISA Johannesburg Campus, Florida
10h 00 - 13h00 (manufacturers and component suppliers)
14h00-17h00 (retailers, importers, buyers and wholesalers.)

There is no limit to the numbers of participants, however it is suggested that to have the maximum interactivity between the experts and the participants, that participating companies restrict the number of delegates.
       It will be organized as a 3-hour presentation in the morning, 10.00 to 13.00 am, targeted at producers of shoes, bags, materials, accessories, components.
       And a 2-hour presentation in the afternoon, 14h00 - 17h00, targeted at retailers, buyers, importers etc.
       A PDF with the trends presentation and some sketches of shoes and bags will be provided.
       This is a provisional schedule and is subject to change. The final schedule will be released as soon as possible with venues determined.
       SAFLIA is the main sponsor of the event, with co-sponsorship from the DTI, SAFLEC and SHALC. Ernest Heunis is project manager.
       Interested parties should please send your details through to Ernest at SHALC (, Ina Venter at SAFLIA (, or Prenisha Dukhirpersad at SAFLEC (




Cape Town (SA) – Former Shoe City ladies’ buyer Robyn Kennard has emigrated to Australia. She has been replaced by Lindi Patel.

Port Elizabeth (SA) – Former Little Slipper Co production manager Brett Momberg has left the company.

Cape Town (SA) – Mogamat Edries Ariefdien has bought out his partner, Shadied Ariefdien, and is now sole member of Global Shu Machinery.



Wednesday, May 24-Thursday, May 25: Source Africa, Cape Town International Convention Centre. – []
Friday, May 26: SHALC AGM, Intercontinental Hotel, OR Tambo Airport. – []
Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28: SLTC convention, La Wiida Lodge, on the R511 between Johannesburg and Pretoria. Please contact the secretary, Nicky Phipps, for details. – []
Tuesday, May 30-Thursday, June 1: A-OSH, Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand.


They Said It

"Trying. Camera keeps exploding." - CC Leather’s Tom Bassage, responding to a request for a photo to accompany his comments on trading conditions.


"I won’t tell you how I did it!!!" - Cathy Bassage, who sent in the photo.



Steep drop in SACU exports to US


Birthdays this week

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.
22/05/1973: Farai Musungwa, Safety-Quip Botswana, Francistown.
23/05/1950: Dean Padayachee, Daylan Footwear, Durban.
23/05/1965: Craig Harper, left the industry, formerly Egoli Gumboots, Amanzimtoti.
24/05/1970: Carla Maritz, Mott! Shu’s, Pretoria.
25/05/1961: Gerald Naidoo, National Bargaining Council, Durban.
26/05/1966: Manoj Morar, Impressions, Vryheid.
26/05/1951: Wessel Nolte, Cedar Shoes & Accessories, Bloemfontein.
27/05/1969: Dean Tharman, Ten Digits, George.
27/05/1944: Richard Bunyard, left the industry, formerly GW Cowie & Co, Durban.
28/05/1958: Brigitte Davidow, Nakara, Windhoek.


In Memoriam this week

24/05/2013: Casper Louw (b. 11/04/1944), Busy Bag [closed], Stanger.
27/05/2002: Stan Austin (b. 28/11/1915), Austin Shoes [closed], Pietermaritzburg.
28/05/2011: Charles Chavkin (b. 20/03/1930), Charles Chavkin Agencies, Johannesburg.

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


S&V – Visit us at Source Africa, May 24 and 25

S&V has a stand at Source Africa – S230 – and I invite readers to visit me to chat about editorial, advertising or just to check your entry in the Directory.

I go from Source Africa to the SHALC AGM on Friday, May 26, and from there to the SLTC Convention over the weekend.

I will be in Johannesburg on Monday, May 29, and I will attend the first day of the A-OSH exhibition on May 30.

Please note that because of this travelling:
Next week’s newsletter will come out on Wednesday, May 31.
There will be no-one in the office to answer the phone, but you can reach me on my cell, +27 (0)83 757 4627. I will also have regular access to my emails.


ABSA Agri Trends 16/05: Hides & skins prices

The average bovine hide price over the past week was R14.58/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies. The average price for Dorper skins was R40.83/skin and Merino was R90.96/skin.

Positivity in the Namibian livestock market drawn from the South African market
The average South African weaner calf prices continued to see good gains in recent weeks due to improved demand and fewer supplies available in the market. This strong demand is also good news for Namibian producers, with support from the South African market spilling over into this market. Weaner prices in Namibia are also following an upward trend mainly due to high demand for Namibian weaners in the South African feedlots, for which most of the Namibian weaners are destined. Latest data suggest that the Namibian weaner prices increased by 20%, from N$17.59/kg in February 2017 to a high of N$21.08/kg during March 2017. As a result of the herd rebuilding by South African producers, a lot of weaners are being held back. This has brought about an opportunity for Namibian weaners to fill up this space, hence the increase in prices. The increase in prices is a welcome relief for Namibian producers.

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
19/04 14.77 43.85 92.32
25/04 14.75 41.25 92.27
04/05 14.79 43.33 92.69
10/05 14.75 40.50 88.41


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