S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 No.24, June 19, 2017
This Newsletter is sponsored by SAFLIA
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SA, Lesotho, Swaziland unions to 'fight for equal pay across borders'
Cape Town (SA) – A Swiss-based group called IndustriAll Global Union is behind a move to force textile, clothing and footwear manufacturers in Lesotho and Swaziland to pay the same wages and offer the same rights as manufacturers in South Africa.
Pretoria (SA) – SHALC chairman Ernest Heunis has been appointed GM of the newly constituted Footwear & Leather Industry Cluster (FLIC). He was acting GM during its formation.
ARSUTORIA courses continue
Matthew Hansen (Angelsoft), Mark Gibbings, (Apeco), Nerisha Jairaj (SAFLEC), Georgia Roehe Turri and Orietta Pelizzari (both ARSUTORIA) at the trend session for manufacturers and component suppliers on Monday morning, attended by about 40 people.
There was also an afternoon session for retailers and importers. Similar sessions will be held in Cape Town and Johannesburg (see below). The courses are being sponsored by SAFLIA, SAFLEC and SHALC, and run by ARSUTORIA.
June 21: Cape Town, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Hotel School Waterfront
Durban (SA) – Havaianas distributor The Brazilian Sandal Co is opening its 3rd Durban store - its 9th overall - at The Pavilion in late July or early August. It follows the closure last month of the Havaianas store in Brooklyn, Pretoria. It will open another store in Fourways, Johannesburg, early next year. - [+27 (0)21 511 1182, email@example.com]
Johannesburg (SA) – Former public relations person Debbie Fontes has bought women's fashion boutique Elements, in Comaro Crossing Centre, Oakdene, from Carla Silva. - [+27 (0)11 435 4486, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.elementsboutiquesa.com]
They Said It
"The mid-month retail blues used to last from about the 15th to the 24th. Now they start on the 8th." - Agent Ian Gordon.
"Durban independent retailers are just surviving at the moment." - Agent Colin Davies.
July 13: SAFLEC AGM, Coastlands Hotel, Umhlanga. +27 (0)31 266 1472, Info2@saflec.co.za.
Birthdays this week
19/06/1979: Sumen Naicker, Fusion Footwear, Springs.
In Memoriam this week
21/06/1992: Jonathan Greenblatt, Richleigh Shoes [closed], Johannesburg.
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 09/06: Hides & skins prices
Mohair production in 2017 may decline by between 5-10%, due to aftermath of the drought. South Africa is the world largest producer of mohair, and accounted for 53% of the total global production in 2016. Total production traded sideways in 2016 compared to 2015. The South African rand has strengthened recently, which proves to be a challenge for prices as this industry is mainly export driven. South Africa is technically in a recession phase and we need a reduction in interest rates to foster growth. However we expect that the Reserve Bank will hold interest rates unchanged in order to protect the Rand. The increased political uncertainty and possible credit downgrades is a risk for the value of the Rand. Should the rand weaken further, it will benefit the export income of the mohair industry.
Trade Fair dates
For a list of local and international trade fairs covering footwear, leather goods, leather and PPE, visit our website: http://www.svmag.co.za/events.php
Making department personnel wantedFred Footwear is a pioneering footwear manufacturing and retail company situated in the scenic city of Port Elizabeth. Fred Footwear is seeking to employ candidates with general making department skills (which includes toe lasting, side lasting, upper roughing & stuck-on construction skills) in its operations. Suitable candidates should have at least 10 years relevant experience and must be willing to relocate to Port Elizabeth. Candidates can email their CV to Rolland@fredfootwear.co.za; kindly refer to website www.fredfootwear.co.za for further company information.
News & Classifieds: Tony Dickson, +27 (0)31 209 7505, email@example.com
Next newsletter: June 26, 2017.