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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 No.26, July 3, 2017

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Wage negotiations: NULAW settles

Durban (SA) – The National Union of Leather & Allied Workers (NULAW), the majority union in the Footwear Sector of the Wage Agreement, yesterday (Monday) accepted the 7.5% offered by employers, according to NBC general secretary Gerald Naidoo.
       The only other condition was that the contribution paid by non-unionised workers to the unions has risen from R14.75 per week to R15.64. Over a quarter of footwear workers - 2 600 - don't belong to a union, but pay a contribution to the unions in return for benefiting from agreements negotiated by the unions. The contribution is divided proportionately between NULAW and minority union SACTWU.


Botswana suspends export licenses for donkey products

From the National Council of SPCAs
The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) commends the Botswana government for taking the firm stance to suspend export licenses for donkey products. This follows an announcement by the Botswana government that they have suspended export licenses for donkeys and donkey products such as meat and hides.
       Botswana Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security spokesperson Geoffrey Pheko said the government has “noted with concern the indiscriminate and cruel slaughter of donkeys for their hides which are exported to lucrative markets in Asia. In this regard, issuance of all export licenses relating to donkeys and their products for export purposes is suspended indefinitely with immediate effect.”
       The NSPCA has been investigating the slaughter of donkeys for their skins for over a year and has 6 prosecution cases in this regard. The slaughter of donkeys for their skins has led to a multitude of welfare and social problems including donkeys being butchered in horrific manners, the theft of donkeys, and the devastation this has on the people and communities who rely on them.
       These problems are not restricted to South Africa but are also affecting our neighbouring countries such as Lesotho, Botswana and Namibia.
       In March 2017 a delegation from the Donkey Sanctuary UK and the NSPCA met with representatives from the Botswana Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security to discuss the concerns with the Donkey Skin Trade.
       The NSPCA congratulates the Botswana government for taking a progressive stance on protecting the welfare of donkeys and their owners. The responsible lead taken will have an enormous impact in our region and we strongly advocate that the South African government follow the example set by the Botswana government in protecting our resources, animals and communities. - [Senior Inspector Grace De Lange, Manager, Farm Animal Protection Unit, National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA), +27 (0)82 411 0567,]



NBC suing Revelation director

Johannesburg (SA) – The National Bargaining Council of the Leather Industry of SA in August last year opened a criminal charge against Revelation Luggage & Leather director Aleksandra Astalos in terms of the Pensions Fund Act.
       Revelation, which went into liquidation on July 29 last year, owes the council R517 404.28, largely made up of severance pay, accrued leave pay and arrear contributions towards Council Funds.
       According to the second report of joint provisional liquidator Harvard Corporate Rescue Services, Revelation owed R6.5 million, with assets of R105 000. 'Other' creditors - excluding employees, SARS, a bank overdraft and a R5.6 million loan account - are owed R350 000.



Centurion (SA) – The Professional Hunters' Association of SA (PHASA) has recently had a change in leadership. Stan Burger resigned and president-elect Dries van Coller automatically took over the presidency. Tharia Unwin remains PHASA CEO.


Durban (SA) – Norman Wessels, previously with Gailian Agencies, is now on his own as the agent for Umbro for KZN. Umbro was previously represented by Gailian. - [+27 (0)83 234 3769,]



Über Gruvi auction

Cape Town (SA) – The auction of Über Gruvi's equipment (see ad) includes the following major items:
Shoe manufacturing equipment:

  • Camoga splitter CN412
  • Durkopp Adler sewing machine
  • Olympic shoe machinery comp 2000 moulding machine
  • ATOM Flashcut 30155, cutting table
  • Elettrotecnica BC PV2G EX CF, floors press
  • Finished stock
  • Clicker presses
  • Komsan screw compressor VEK20
  • Ormac Toe-laster - Challenger 835
  • Soles, heels, inners
  • Quantity last's
  • Elettrotecnica BC PV2G EX CF, floors press
  • Brustia PTP 3000, heel attachment machine





July 13: SAFLEC AGM, Coastlands Hotel, Umhlanga. +27 (0)31 266 1472,
August 2: SAFLIA AGM, venue to be confirmed, Cape Town. 0800SAFLIA,
August 18-22: Podiatry Association of SA 11th Biennial Congress, The Maslow, Sandton.


Birthdays this week

03/07/1971: Steven Coetser, Safety Smart, Pinetown.
03/07/1949: Pieter Coetzee, Assegaay Bosch Ranch, Van Wyksdorp.
04/07/1952: Eddie Lahee, Shoeperama, Durban.
04/07/1956: Warren Wareing, Island Style, Durban.
04/07/1967: Martin MacGregor, Bay Solutions, Port Elizabeth.
05/07/1941: Judy Powell, retired, formerly Footwork, Trafalgar.
06/07/1974: Gary Gilder, Bolton Footwear, Cape Town.
07/07/1955: John Kotze, Designer Marketing Int. Johannesburg.
07/07/1959: Lenette van Vuuren, Incredible Shoes, Ladysmith.
09/07/1942: Cecil Fenwick, Saddler Belts & Leathercraft, Durban.
09/07/1958: Johan Kriel, Bolton Footwear, Great Brak River.
09/07/1969: Hein Jonker, Ostrich Products SA.


In Memoriam this week

04/07/2010: Kasieprasad Pattundeen (b. 29/12/1924), Palm Footwear, Durban.
05/07/1999: Norman Berrill, freelance designer, Durban.
06/07/1996: Eric Waterworth, King Tanning Company [closed], Pietermaritzburg.
07/07/1993: Rob Scallan, Tuftex, Port Elizabeth.

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 29/06: Hides & skins prices

The average bovine hide price over the past week was R14.30/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies. The average price for Dorper skins was R41.36/skin and Merino was R98.44/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
31/05 14.62 40.50 87.95
09/06 14.58 41.82 96.35
23/06 14.40 40.42 101.25



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