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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 No.47, November 27, 2017

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Storm damage update

From Dr Jaywant Irkhede, Director: Leather & Footwear, the DTI
The Department of Trade & Industry (the dti) invited eThekwini Municipality and Standard Bank to review the damage to the footwear factories in Isipingo, Durban, caused by a recent storm in Durban.
       The dti thanks Shunnone Tulsiram (Head: Economic Development & Investment Promotion, eThekwini Municipality) and Sholan Moodley (Acquisition Manager, Standard Bank) for visiting Caprini Footwear, Palm Footwear, Angel Footwear and Havenna Footwear in Rana Road with Simon Mello (Deputy Director: Leather & Footwear, the dti) on 2nd Nov. 2017 to review the damages to the factory assets and municipal utilities. During the visit, facilitated by Sanjay Pattundeen, the eThekwini head assured assistance in recovering damages to the utilities and Standard Bank offered financial support if needed.
       The footwear factories in the vicinity of Rana Road / Aly Street contribute 12% of South African annual footwear production (8.1 million pairs) and Mr Tulsiram complimented the owners of these footwear factories for creating sizable sustainable employment within eThekwini.

       •Havenna sales manager Peter McDermott said on Friday that much depended on insurance claims, but that Havenna hoped to resume production early next year.



SA Fashion Council in liquidation

Cape Town (SA) – The SA Fashion Council (SAFC), set up with government support 4 years ago, went into voluntary liquidation at the end of October following the ending of funding from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).
       According to a source, the SAFC had received R9 million of a budgeted R43 million over 5 years.
       Confirming the liquidation, SAFC board chairman Michael Lawrence said: "As the matter is out of the hands of the board  now I cannot speak with certainty as to the status of liquidation. This was a voluntary liquidation decision taken by the board once it became clear that there was not sufficient income available to continue the operations of the SAFC."
       Former SAFC CEO Anita Stanbury has since set up Stanbury Consulting to work in the apparel industry. - +27 (0)82 416 3880,



Vandan: All change, but no change

Alex Largatzis, Brenda and Claude Naidoo.

Pinetown (SA) – Vandan Engineering Services, originally founded by the late Andre Vandenheede 50 years ago this year, is to be split into 2 companies from December 1.
        Alex Largatzis has sold the Vandan die and knife making and engineering divisions to former production manager Claude Naidoo and his wife, Brenda, but has retained the component cutting division.
       The manufacturing company will be known as Vandan Engineering Services KZN (Pty) Ltd. The name of the component cutting division has not yet been decided, but it may include the trade name ‘Vandan’. Both will, for the foreseeable future, trade from the same premises, with the same contact details.
       "There will be no changes and no disruption as far as Vandan die and engineering customers are concerned," Largatzis said on Friday. "The only difference will be that Vandan Engineering will in future be a BBBEE Level 1 company, which will be an advantage for many customers. I will stay on as a consultant for 2 years to ensure that our top priority, namely a smooth transition and handover, is achieved."
       Aside from the component cutting business, Largatzis plans to grow his other businesses, including:
- Versatile Skills Academy, which operates from the Vandan premises, and is SETA-approved to offer artisan training;
- Real Life Skills Academy, a media skills company based in Stamford Hill, Durban, which will offer practical training in video editing, film making and similar;
- Wondersnatch, a new pulley device for moving rock in mines, for which he holds the patent, which is being trialled in a number of mines.
       "I've been running Vandan for 9 years," he said. "I really needed some new challenges." - +27 (0)31 780 2760,,,




Cape Town (SA) – Former head of Western Cape sales for Nike SA, Brendon Geary, left the company at the beginning of November. He said he had "various options on the table" starting in January.

Johannesburg (SA) – Former head of marketing at Skye Distribution, Claire Conchar, will be starting at Converse Europe head office in Amsterdam in January, as marketing manager for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. She has been with Skye for 5 years.



KwaDukuza (SA) – Reza Abbas bought Nu-Stores from July 1. He carries a wide range of casual, formal and comfort branded footwear, and leather belts, handbags and jackets. +27 (0)32 944 2018,


They Said It

"It is Mrs Margie Price, wife of the Honourable, Mr Patrick Price." - Sharmla Dhanraj from C. Price Agencies, updating their Directory entry. Not many of us get described that way.

"Hi,  Thank you for your mail.  I am traveling in some really very remote parts of Namibia and it is likely that I shall have limited access to e-mail.  I shall respond when I can ... about the time I have to restock with beer and meat ... which is often." - Mark Bennett, whose career promoting clothing and footwear investment in various African states is difficult to define. He is currently between jobs.

"Sorry I couldn't comment [earlier] because there was no freedom  of expression at that time. Now we hope the economy will recover for a brighter future for all Zimbabweans." - Prakash Chapaner, MD, KG Chapaner & Co., Gweru.


Birthdays this week

27/11/1965: Gerda Rappard, Bolton Footwear, Great Brak River.
27/11/1975: Dione Govender, Paragon Footwear, Pietermaritzburg.
27/11/1977: Paul Diedricks, agent, Cape Town.
28/11/1940: Raphael Capelouto, retired, formerly Brazilian Sandal Co., and others, Cape Town.
28/11/1955: Tony Ford, Naturfit, Durban.
28/11/1960: Baba Sourimuthu, Robach Components, Pinetown.
29/11/1943: Nigel Ratcliffe, retired, formerly Boehme Africa and TST Agencies, Ballito.
29/11/1951: André Lubbe, retired, formerly AP Lubbe & Son, Stellenbosch.
29/11/1965: Maria Mintoor, All Leather Shoe Manufacturers, Maitland.
30/11/1933: Ahmed Simjee, Hopewell, Durban.
30/11/1963: Martin Paulsen,?, formerly NULAW, Durban.
30/11/1971: Mantsebo Motsoanakaba-Phakoana, Fashion Parlour, Ladybrand.
01/12/1946: Rob Cattell, Cattell’s Industrial Footwear, Springs.
01/12/1948: Ken Gordon, retired, formerly Turbek Trading, Hermanus.
01/12/1950: Aboobaker Gangat, May’s Factory Shop, Port Shepstone.
01/12/1959: Arthur Lewis, AGB Sourcing & Consulting, Pinetown.
01/12/1966: Grant N Munro, Freestyle Handmade Originals, Cape Town.
02/12/1949: Stephen Chetty, retired, formerly NFLC, Vanderbijlpark, and Edcon, Johannesburg.
02/12/1971: Happy Shongwe, Happy Boutique, Mbabane, Swaziland.
02/12/1974: Stuart Galbraith, Milspeed Marketing, China.
03/12/1939: Douglas Oates, retired, formerly Beier Safety Footwear, Pinetown.
03/12/19??: Brandon Geyser, EVA Industries, Durban.
03/12/1976: Quintin Marais, Rolfes Chemicals, Boksburg.


In Memoriam this week

29/11/2001: Harold Sack (b. 14/09/1932), Nugshoe [closed], Pinetown.
01/12/1998: Gian-Carlo Rosa (‘John’) Donati, Nupro Shoes [closed], Pinetown.
02/12/1996: Pieter Du Plooy, Bata Zimbabwe, Bata SA.
02/12/2008: Tony Laycock (b. 26/01/1951), Mario Levi Manufacturing [closed], Uitenhage.

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 10/11: Hides & skins prices

The average hide price over the past week was 0.6% higher at R12.24/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 R37.00, and for Merino skins was 101.75.

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    
11/10 12.52    
20/10 12.23 39.30 110.23
27/10 12.12 37.30 94.32
02/11 12.19    


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Classified Adverts


I am seeking to obtain a position in the footwear industry which I have enjoyed working in since 1972.
- I have worked in sales as an agent (Rockshoes / Paradise Wholesalers);
- As a chain footwear buyer and later merchandise director (for The Hub, Stuttafords and Footgear), and later as senior footwear buyer for Game / Massmart;
- As a manufacturer (I started Tuppino Footwear in 1992);
- As an independent retailer (I had 4 stores at one point).
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