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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 No.37, September 18, 2017

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BBF buys Quality Safety

Group's product range will now cover most PPE categories

Pinetown (SA) – BBF Safety Group announced on Friday that it had bought Randvaal-based Quality Safety 1990 (Pty) Ltd from founder Brian Bland for an undisclosed sum. The deal is subject to "a number of regulatory conditions" and will be effective from November 1.
       This is its second acquisition of a non-safety footwear PPE company this year, indicating its intention to become a comprehensive PPE brand. In July it acquired the operations of Pinnacle OSH Holdings, a provider of workplace safety advisory, consulting and training services.
       Quality Safety was originally founded by Bland in 1978, according to the company website, and it claims to "rank among the largest local manufacturing companies, surpassing multinational companies, in the industry". Its range covers a broad range of PPE products for a broad range of industries.
       In a release, BBF executive chairman Wolfgang Beier said the acquisition "serves to further enhance and entrench our position as a deep-rooted South African group of companies, whose vision it is to be a leader in the fields of transformation, entrepreneurial development and localisation.
       "Quality Safety... built an enviable reputation over the past three decades. It is this legacy that we wish to nurture and expand into the future. I would like to assure all customers that business will continue as usual and that the same dedicated Quality Safety employees you work with today, will be here tomorrow."



AHT: SM Lurie sold

Francistown (Botswana) – SM Lurie Botswana (Pty) Ltd MD Gerda Brooks has acquired the former African Hide Trading subsidiary from Courthiel Holdings effective from October 1.
       Lurie sources hides and skins in Botswana which it formerly supplied wet salted to AHT. She said she would seek new customers.
       AHT is scheduled to close at the end of this month. - [+267 241 2346,]


Sutherland liquidator appointed

Pietermaritzburg (SA) – Glen Usher of Usher Attorneys has been appointed as the liquidator of Sutherland Tannery (Pty) Ltd, which went into liquidation on September 1 following the failure of a business rescue plan.
       He said he expected the first meeting of creditors to be called by the Master of the High Court in late October or early November. In the interim, he would be looking into ways of realising Sutherland's assets. He said the first liquidator's report was likely to be ready in time for the second meeting of creditors. - []




Cape Town (SA) – Former House of Monatic brand executive Mark Gooding left the company at the end of August "to pursue other personal ventures", according to a statement from the company, which added that his workload has been distributed among other management. Head of design AbuBaker Frizlaar will oversee product.
       House of Monatic's footwear licensee is Novita Shoes.

Cape Town (SA) – Nadine Bagley has been appointed as accessories buyer for TFG's Exact division. She replaces Carla Barlow, who has moved to Pep.


They Said It

"The photo you took of me 6 months ago is as bad as anything I've got, so use that." - Intobrands GM Paul Hancock.




October 14: Cobblers' Luncheon, Goodwood Sports Club, Cape Town. Voden Wearne, +27 (0)21 551 4032,
November 21-23: ATF Trade Exhibition, Cape Town International Convention Centre. Deidre Harte, +27 (0)21 790 5849,


Birthdays this week

19/09/1976: Harunur Rashid Rubel, Splendour Investments Ltd, Manzini, Swaziland.
19/09/1976: Shahid Koor, Urban Mania, Cape Town.
20/09/1947: Patrick ‘Chicken’ Price, agent, Durban.
21/09/19??: Renate du Rand, Ghia 33 Shoes & Accessories, Knysna.
21/09/1972: Nicholas Gordon, Turbek Trading, Johannesburg.
22/09/1972: Martin Dedekind, Hlungwana Trading Store, Paulpietersburg.
23/09/1945: Devan Nayager, Shoe Africa, Durban.
23/09/1951: Grant Fraser, Claw Boot, Johannesburg.
23/09/1972: John Volkwyn, Watson Shoes, Great Brak River.
24/09/1944: Ron MacNiven, retired, formerly Decofurn, Durban.
24/09/1964: Hester Meijer, Berklee Fashion Clothing, East London.


In Memoriam this week

18/09/1992: Wally Barkus, agent, Durban.
18/09/2012: Jimmy Andresen (b. 02/06/1947), agent, Johannesburg.
18/09/2000: Marthinus Philipus ‘MP’ Theunissen (b. 09/06/1919), Chemical Specialities/Clariant, Durban.
20/09/1998: PW (Pat) Singh, Palm Footwear, Durban.
21/09/1997: Ronnie Venter, agent.
22/09/2005: Simon Power (b. 10/07/1950), Mister Mover, Pinetown.
23/09/2005: Tony Mossop (b. 30/06/1942), Mossop-Western Leathers, Wellington.
24/09/2003: Werner Fehr, agent, 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 08/09: Hides & skins prices

The average bovine hide price over the past week was R12.88/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies. The average price for Dorper skins was R41.82/skin and Merino was R100.83/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
13/07 14.37 44.44 114.58
28/07 14.14 43.64 97.50
04/08 14.16 43.69 99.64
14/08 14.08 38.99 92.75
18/08 13.70 43.18 98.96
25/08 13.93 43.75 100.96
01/09 13.14 44.09 101.25


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