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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 No.29, July 24, 2017

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Leather industry 'still a priority' for DTI

Durban (SA) – The overall leather industry remains a priority for government, CTFL chief director at the DTI, Abisha Tembo, said at the SAFLEC AGM on July 13.
       He announced that:
- The DTI's Competitiveness Improvement Programme (CIP) will continue for another 3 years.
- The DTI is still trying to resolve the impasse between footwear manufacturers and the SA Bureau of Standards over partial testing, which he said was affecting other industries as well.
- The DTI will be submitting a proposal to the National Treasury through the Minister on the proposed ban on the export of raw hides and export tax on the export of wet blue hides.
       "As government, we do what we can to help the industry," he said, "but in the end, it's up to you to win the export orders. In that regard, SAFLEC is one of the country's most successful export councils. I commend you."
* A report on the AGM will appear in the next issue of S&V Footwear & Leather Goods Magazine.


Corvari takes over Angels brand

Pinetown (SA) – Corvari Footwear has acquired the rights to manufacture and distribute the Angels comfort brand, and has acquired all the lasts, knives and patterns, and much of the machinery, of the liquidated Über Gruvi factory in Cape Town, which was making Angels along with its own brand.
       Corvari proprietor Jeff Bodill said the factory was moving to bigger premises to cope with the expansion. He said Angels production was expected to start at the end of August. - [+27 (0)31 700 3234,]




Durban (SA) – The SA Footwear & Leather Export Council (SAFLEC) will be moving 2 doors down from its present office on August 31 or September 1. The new office, which is larger than its existing office, is at 6 Stedman Mews, 128 Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. At this stage, the phone numbers will remain unchanged. The move follows a reshuffle of tenants following a change of landlord.


Mall for Africa opens in Kenya

According to the July edition of the Uqalo Report, African e-commerce platform, Mall for Africa, has opened offices in Kenya, and plans to reach 20 African countries by 2019. The ecommerce platform has also launched, which allows customers in Nigeria and Kenya to access eBay listings.
       The Mall for Africa describes itself as an app that is "a convenient, safe, fast way to purchase items directly from US & UK online stores and receive them in Africa. Why travel and shop, when you can do it all from our app? Shop on the sites you love without concerns of payment, delivery, customs, local customer service and returns. We take care of it all. You shop, we deliver."
       Among the stores on its list are Nordstrom, Shoezone, Nine West and Zappos. - []



August 2: SAFLIA AGM, Commodore Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. 0800SAFLIA,
August 10-11: SA Crocodile Industry Association conference and AGM, Willows Country Lodge, Pretoria. +27 (0)12 529 8510,
August 18-22: Podiatry Association of SA 11th Biennial Congress, The Maslow, Sandton.


Birthdays this week

25/07/1949: Leslie D'Unienville, agent, Durban.
25/07/1952: Antoine Lailvaux, agent, Durban.
25/07/1948: GH Moosa, Riley Trading, Pietermaritzburg.
25/07/1948: Duncan Naidoo, Lugogo, Pietermaritzburg.
25/07/1974: Morné Gerber, Little Slipper Co., Port Elizabeth.
26/07/1982: Jameel Cassim, Fashion & Shoe Scene, Gauteng.
27/07/1949: Oli Gardella, retired.
27/07/1959: Vibeke Dugmore, KKI Leather Marketing, Oudtshoorn.
27/07/1958: Morris Marimuthoo, Allimor Footwear, Durban.
28/07/1970: David Platt, formerly Simitri Specialty Chemicals, Kempton Park.
28/07/1950: Charles Stuart White, agent, Durban.
30/07/1959: Alan Munsamy, Nulaw, Durban.
30/07/1949: Gerald Batt, Cape Town.
30/07/1973: Marco di Lembo, Villani Shoes, Johannesburg.
30/07/1973: Frankie Sequeira, Novel’s Outfitters & Shoe Store, De Aar.


In Memoriam this week

25/07/2004: Jules Fisher (b. 19/07/1931), Fashionette Footwear [closed], Cape Town.
29/07/1993: JA "Pat" O'Brien, agent.
29/07/2003: Dennis South, (b. 26/12/1923), Cuthberts, Johannesburg.
29/07/2010: Eric Harvey (b. 09/02/1925), Barker Footwear, Cape Town.

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 13/07: Hides & skins prices

The average bovine hide price over the past week was R14.37/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies. The average price for Dorper skins was R44.44/skin and Merino was R114.58/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
29/06 14.30 41.36 98.44
07/07 14.33 43.33 100.94


Trade Fair dates

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Classified Adverts


Fashion design/buyer position sought

Madelein Kearns, 23, with a BSc in Consumer Sciences - Clothing Retail Management from the University of Pretoria, and an MSc in Leather Technology from the University of Northampton, seeks a post as a fashion designer, fashion buyer or similar. Fluent in English and Afrikaans, with some French. I am a hard-, dedicated-, diligent worker who accepts challenges. I am willing to learn new skills. I perceive myself to be trustworthy, friendly and helpful. For a detailed CV, contact:

Manufacturer sought for women's fashion range

I will be opening a women's trend and culture based fashion shoe business in the near future, in the R500-R1500 retail price range. I'm looking to start with boots, and the initial orders would be 50-100 pairs. I’d really like to manufacture the footwear locally. Please contact Shannon Correia,, +27 (0)63 596 4074.

Machinery wanted

A skills development centre is looking for fairly priced, gently-used footwear making machinery. Machinery donations welcome too provided it's not terribly old or requires too much money to get it working again. - Ridhwana Shaik, Footwear Designer and Patternmaker. +27 73 220 9686,

Manufacturing expertise on offer

Paul Sirilli, formerly of Sirilli Shoes, is looking to get back into the footwear industry – in production, procurement or retail quality assurance. He has 34 years of hands-on manufacturing experience in men’s, ladies’ and kiddies’ footwear. Completely familiar with Moccasin, Brogue and Derby styles in shoes and fashion, outdoor and military styles in boots, mostly in leather. Also a working knowledge of stuck-on, lock-stitch and side-stitch techniques, soling compounds. - Contact 083 961 1759,



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