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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 No.42, October 23, 2017

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Counterfeit case remanded to November

Durban (SA) – Abdool Seedat, the owner of the factory at 86 Leicester Road, Mobeni, raided and shut down on October 19 last year for producing counterfeit Nike and Guess products, will appear again in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court on November 2, after his hearing last week was remanded.


Customs calls for closer links with SAFLIA specialist

From Jannie Kriel, IS Training Consultants (ISTC)
Because of ISTC's continuous support and involvement with SARS Customs and Excise officials, I was invited to attend a special support session at the East London office.
       I was introduced and received by the Operation Manager, Case Selection and it was agreed that the Operational Specialists: Risk Analysis Compliance Risk & Case Selection responsible for the EC and KZN region will be working very closely with ISTC and SAFLIA in regards the sharing of information related to suspected fraudulent activities identified and known to SAFLIA and its members.
       A second similar support session, which will be conducted over a 3-day period, was requested and planned for the Port Elizabeth port where ISTC will accompany and assist the customs inspectors performing physical inspections.
       The above additional project, which was per a request from Customs, and additional to the normal training programme, was made possible by the continuous support of SAFLIA and its members by contributing financially to this request.
       This is proof that SAFLIA and its members fully understand and acknowledge that they are committed to the “investment” actions in assisting and contributing to the upliftment of the skills of the SARS Customs and Excise officials trained by ISTC.
       The same arrangements as per EC and KZN region were confirmed and agreed to with the Operational Specialists: Risk Analysis Compliance Risk & Case Selection officials responsible for the Northern Cape, North West and Free State borders in Upington.
       Border post training as per the approved schedule continues and to date a total of 145 Customs officials have been trained at nominated and relevant main ports of entry. - [ +27 (0)76 580 9482,]



Bata wins export award

Bata export coordinator Tess Simpson with national sales manager Alex Gordon and Louise Pelser of SAFLEC, who is also chairperson of the trade & investment forum of the Durban Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and who was an adjudicator in the export awards.

Durban (SA) – Bata SA won the exports into Africa category at the KZN exporters of the year award held last Thursday.
       It was also a finalist in the medium company category (turnover R25m-R100m).
       Saddler Belts was an entrant in the medium company category, and BBF Safety Group was an entrant in the large company and exports into Africa categories.


SA to host first 'sneaker convention'

A preview of the upcoming Sneakerness convention was held last weekend.

Johannesburg (SA) – Footwear brands Asics, Hi-Tec and Puma will be among brands represented at the first 'sneaker convention' in SA, to be held at Fox Junction, Maboneng, Johannesburg from November 09-12, according to publicist Gareth Sayers.
       A number of streetwear brands will also be exhibiting. The idea is to "buy, sell and exhibit South Africa's coolest streetwear brands", he said.
       Local entrepreneur Hardy McQueen's Bureau Group has acquired the SA rights to Sneakerness, described as "Europe's biggest sneaker convention".
       A preview of the event was held over the weekend, "showing massive potential for the main event coming up in November", he said.
         Sneaker conventions are intended to encourage sneaker fans and brands to interact, and for consumers to buy, sell and swap footwear and street fashion. - [Gareth Sayers, +27 (0)83 235 3126,]



Mifur fair combined with prêt-à-porter show

Milan (Italy) – From 2018, the fur and leather specialist fair Mifur has been combined with the prêt-à-porter show MIPAP into a new entity called TheOneMilano. It no longer runs alongside the Micam and Mipel autumn/winter editions covering footwear and leather goods respectively.
       Where Micam and Mipel will be held from February 11-14, TheOneMilano will run from February 23-26.
       In an email, Fiera Milano S.p.A. said:
       "TheOneMilano ... combines both of the expertise and experience of MIPAP, the prêt-à-porter show organized by Fiera Milano, and MIFUR the International Fur and Leather Exhibition organized by the Mifur Exhibition Organisation (Ente Fieristico Mifur).
       "The women’s prêt-à-porter exhibition has always been made up of renowned Labels as well as up-and-coming ones, with a strong made in Italy essence: all these characteristics played a key role in making the event known to specialized companies.
       "MIFUR, the leader in the world of leather and fur fashion: Since 1996 – the year it was founded – it has been a reference point for specialized shops and, at the same time, a trend setter for concept stores, boutiques and department stores all over the world: the B2B event for Italian and international collections who speak the language of fashion.
       "Dedicated to haut-à-porter to explore and buy collections from every fashion segment, including high-class womenswear, trendy, curvy and experimental fashion and every type of product, from outerwear to ready to wear, knitwear, Black tie and accessories. TheOneMilano is high-end fashion by the best International Brands and promising New Brands for the A/W 2018-2019 season." - []



Trend forecasting summit

From Ally Cordiglia on behalf of World’s Global Style Network (WGSN)
Cape Town (SA) – WGSN Futures will bring global trend and industry leaders to the Futures Summit in Cape Town on November 9 to share forecasts and insights that will enable local businesses to understand the future global and African consumer trends, learn how innovative brands are creating experiences that heighten consumer’s state of mind, and what the key attributes are of the brands of the future.
       WGSN is a trend authority for creative thinkers serving 6 500 companies in over 94 countries, and has been operational in Africa for the past 10 years.
       Carla Buzasi, global chief content officer at WGSN says: “We created WGSN Futures to challenge the way brands see the world, inspire individual creativity, and connect our community. Trends are everywhere ... Whether we’re aware of it or not, trends dictate the products we want and the services we crave. With slow-moving trends shifting in cultural values, creative industry leaders are needing to closely observe the changing behaviours, attitudes and beliefs of consumers.”
       Speakers will include WGSN experts Andrea Bell, director of insight and Lisa White, head of lifestyle & interiors, Luceny Fofana, global senior communications manager, Adidas, Brian Mtongana, head of design, Woolworths SA, Michael Leslie and Duncan Maclennan, from South African creative agency AndPeople, and South African influencer Trevor Stuurman.
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They Said It

"Fantastic news! Party, party, party!" - SMS from Bata SA company manager John Harman to national marketing manager Alex Gordon after he was told that Bata won the exports into Africa category at the KZN exporter of the year awards on Thursday night. And we did.



November 21-23: ATF Trade Exhibition, Cape Town International Convention Centre. Deidre Harte, +27 (0)21 790 5849,



Birthdays this week

24/10/1956: John Bouwer, Eddels, Pietermaritzburg.
24/10/????: Prenisha Dukhipersad, SAFLEC, Durban.
25/10/1969: Leon Buhr, Equator Accessories, Pinetown.
25/10/1966: Michael Schiller, Nakara Leather Tanning & Processing, Windhoek, Namibia.
25/10/1972: Venothan Munsami, Little Slipper Co, Port Elizabeth.
25/10/????: Chrystal Erasmus, Cape Town.
26/10/1941: Rob Morris, retired, formerly BU Technical [closed], Cape Town.
26/10/1959: Hennie van Zyl, Ostriland, Citrusdal.
26/10/1962: MH Klopper, Bethlehem Hides & Skin, Bethlehem.
26/10/1971: Ayoob Seedat, Shoe Tech, Springs.
27/10/1949: Rolf Stumpfe, Lederwerkstatt, George.
27/10/1950: Beverly Phillips, retired, formerly Bata SA / Futura Footwear, Pinetown.
27/10/1965: Selvan Naicker, Ethekwini Leather, Durban.
28/10/1970: Sannet Gerber, Zoom In Shoe Boutique, Jeffry’s Bay.



In Memoriam this week

24/10/1999: Norma Varley, Edcon, Durban.
24/10/1995: Wally Zwart, Dick Whittington, Pietermaritzburg.
25/10/2000: CIR Rex Van Coller, (b. 12/04/1925), agent, Durban.
25/10/2005: Braam Keyser (b. 05/09/1957), Feltex Automotive Leathers [closed], Ladysmith.
26/10/2015: Richard Reddiar (b. 29/03/1943), Premier Safety Footwear, Johannesburg.
27/10/1994: Brian Vincer (Futura).

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 20/10: Hides & skins prices

The average hide price over the past week was 0.16% higher at R12.23/kg green. NB* Hide prices are determined by the average of the RMAA (Red Meat Abattoir Association) and independent companies. The average price for Dorper skins was R39.30.The average price for Merino skins was R110.23.

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
08/09 12.88 41.82 100.83
21/09 12.64    
03/10 12.50    
03/10 12.52    


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