S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 No.25, June 26, 2017
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Wage negotiations: Footwear deadlocked
Durban (SA) – Wage negotiations in the Footwear Sector before a CCMA-accredited external mediator have stalled after employers yesterday (Monday) said they were "unable to revise their offer", according to National Bargaining Council of the Leather Industry of SA general secretary Gerald Naidoo. He said the unions, NULAW and SACTWU, were now "considering their options", and would consult with the approximately 30 shop stewards who form the next tier.
Chicken bird flu outbreak stops ostrich meat exports
Oudtshoorn (SA) – The outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of Avian Influenza - 'bird flu' - on 2 poultry farms in Mpumalanga has led to the immediate ban on the export of raw ostrich meat to the European Union, according to Piet Kleyn, CEO of the SA Ostrich Business Chamber.
Eddels: Orders deferred, not cancelled
Pietermaritzburg (SA) – Eddels Shoes CEO John Comley has dismissed industry reports of major cancellations at its synthetic upper footwear plant, which produces for chains.
Durban (SA) – Patrick Mitchell left Mr Price Group in late May to join The Hub as footwear technologist.
They Said It
"It’s sad when I know more names on the obituary list than I do on the birthday list!" - Chris Ryder, Novita Shoes.
"No-one aspires to be a machinist." - C&R Brand Solutions MD Shaun Esson on the skills problem faced by the handbags and general goods industry.
"Sorry, that’s the only mug shot I have on file at the moment. In the others, I am in a Speedo, which would not be fair or safe for your readers to view." - Shaun Esson again, in response to a request for an updated photo to go with his comments in the upcoming S&V Footwear & Leather Goods Magazine.
July 13: SAFLEC AGM, Coastlands Hotel, Umhlanga. +27 (0)31 266 1472, Info2@saflec.co.za.
Birthdays this week
26/06/1935: Jurgen Wedekind, retired, formerly Bellstedt, Durban.
In Memoriam this week
27/06/2015: Dave Bromfield (b. 19/11/1946), Apeco, Pinetown.
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 23/06: Hides & skins prices
The average bovine hide price over the past week was R14.40/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies. The average price for Dorper skins was R40.42/skin and Merino was R101.25/skin.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Next newsletter: July 3, 2017.