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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 No.21, May 31, 2017

This Newsletter is sponsored by SAFLIA

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Brits re-opens finishing plant

Brits (SA) – The Brits Leather Group has re-opened its finishing plant to supply the automotive aftermarket and the footwear industry, group CEO Willem Ebersohn said today.
       Its former finishing plant, which traded as Zibane Leather, closed last year. The new plant will trade under a new, as yet undecided name.
       Jaco van Eeden, who was with Nakara Leather Tanning in Namibia, is the manager.


Edcon ‘considering not renewing leases’

Johannesburg (SA) – Edcon is considering not renewing some of its leases as they lapse, according to a report on on Monday.
       It quoted Edcon CEO Bernie Brooks as saying that the domestic market was being affected by retail cannibalisation, whereby the opening of new stores drew customers away from existing outlets.



Green Cross retrenchment

Cape Town (SA) – Green Cross Manufacturers head of merchandising & sourcing finished product Gavin Wade was retrenched earlier this month, the latest of series of retrenchments going back over a year.
       Green Cross responded to a request for comment with a statement from Sandy Moir, PA to MD Tracey Chiappini-Young: “As with all businesses it is necessary for Green Cross to review its operations from a cost, efficiency and structural point of view on an ongoing basis, and to make decisions in the best interests of all stakeholders and the sustainability of the business.
       “The past year has been no exception and whilst I can confirm that some employees were retrenched as a result of this process, it is not Green Cross policy to disclose these numbers or the personal details of the employees who were retrenched.”
       SA-born Wade, who was recruited from the UK by former Green Cross MD Greg Smith, said it seemed likely he would return to the UK, but that he was keeping his options open. He can be reached on +27 (0)76 021 4684.




Johannesburg (SA) – Joy Balepile, former programme manager of the CTCP at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), was promoted to head of our Automotive & Transport Equipment from May 1. Lucky Tetsa has taken over the CTCP post. – []

Cape Town (SA) – Annerene Browning has been appointed technical sales representative – embroidery for ACA Threads.


Ethiopian exports to US also drop

Ethiopian footwear and leather goods exports to the US dropped in the first quarter this year, though not as steeply as the SACU export drop reported last week.



ARSUTORIA seminars
June 19: Durban, Durban University of Technology, Ritson Campus
10h 00 - 13h00 (manufacturers and component suppliers)
14h00-17h00 (retailers, importers, buyers and wholesalers.)

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

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

Interested parties should please send your details through to Ernest Heunis at SHALC (, Ina Venter at SAFLIA (, or Prenisha Dukhirpersad at SAFLEC (



They Said It

"We’re getting too experienced in this business." - Cape Town agent Ivor Cohen, by which he meant we’ve had a lot of birthdays.


Birthdays this week

29/05/1980: Andrew Lang, Rolfes Chemicals, Germiston.
29/05/1987: Saahir Bhamjee, Sbzee Global Trading, Johannesburg.
30/05/1940: Subramonia Balakrishnan, Malar Industries, Ndola, Zambia.
31/05/1951: James Stewart, Tokyo+Co, Cape Town.
31/05/1959: Mike Ing, The Ing Thing, Howick.
31/05/1963: Craig Davis, Spunlok, Pinetown.
31/05/1972: Calay Grecia, Classic Components, Pinetown.
01/06/1942: Chris Horne, Little Slipper Company, Port Elizabeth.
01/06/1947: Peter Howard, left the industry, formerly CPC, Port Elizabeth.
02/06/1975: Shaun Ganesh, Nikkita Footwear, Chatsworth.
02/06/1983: Jana van Vuuren, Maraschino Shoes, Pretoria.
03/06/1958: Tom Bailey, Bolton Footwear, Great Brak River.


In Memoriam this week

01/06/1992: Harry Gassert (Panther Shoe Co).
03/06/2016: Joop de Voest (b. 21/01/1954), Marketing & Planning Consulting Services, De Rust.
04/06/2002: Rex Phillipson (b. 13/4/1917), Picaninni Shoes [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 31/05: Hides & skins prices

The average bovine hide price over the past week was R14.62/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies. The average price for Dorper skins was R40.50/skin and Merino was R87.95/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
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
16/05 14.58 40.83 90.96


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Villani appoints Guy Millar as agent

Villani Shoes has appointed Guy Millar of Rags On Trend as its agent for North West Province, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Free State. His contact details are 082 904 2852 /



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