S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.4 No.5, February 5, 2018
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SARS task team: Further debate over reference pricing
Cape Town (SA) – The third meeting of the SARS Footwear and Leather Task Team takes place Tuesday. The team includes representatives from SARS, SAFLIA, the DTI, both unions, and other interested parties, including chain retailers. The likely focus of the discussions will be reference pricing for imported footwear, and specifically safety footwear.
Meat residue testing: Another blow to ostrich and game industries
Oudtshoorn (SA) – SA - European Union concerns over the monitoring of residues in South African meat exports - specifically ostrich, crocodile and venison - may lead to a complete ban on the export of SA meat to the EU, according to an article in the Oudtshoorn Courant on Friday.
KKI MD leaves
Oudtshoorn (SA) – Klein Karoo International MD Charl du Plessis resigned in November to join Orange River Wine Cellars in Upington as MD. His position is being filled in the interim by Johan Schoeman, CEO of the Klein Karoo Group, which includes KKI.
Durban (SA) – Following last year's popular design courses, SAFLIA will again sponsor a series of courses by instructors from ARSUTORIA, in April. The logistics will again be handled by SAFLEC.
Durban (SA) – This year's wage negotiations will be:
UITIC: 95 applications to present papers indicates high level of global interest
Porto (Portugal) – 95 abstracts received during the Call for Papers reveal the increasing interest of the footwear industry for the UITIC Congress. The 20th edition of the International Technical Footwear Congress will take place in Porto from the 16th to the 18th of May.
Saddler registers brand
Durban (SA) – Saddler Belts has registered its Saddler brand - after 27 years of trading.
They Said It
"It was a crisis, but fortunately it wasn't a very big crisis." - SA Ostrich Business Chamber CEO Piet Kleyn, who had to interrupt a conversation to take a call from his wife.
Bolton road show
Cape Town (SA) – Bolton will be launching its fourth seasonal road show this month in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. This will be followed by Free State, which will take place in early March, covering Welkom, Bethlehem and Ladybrand during a four day road trip. Our main objective for doing the road show is to allow our retailers the opportunity to view the entire product offering that Bolton has to offer, in one central location. Retailers are able to compare product and price points which are aligned with their consumer profiles. The Summer 2018 product which will be showcased will focus mainly on the imported categories with locally made product like Grasshoppers, Bronx and Barker to name a few. Winter 2018 will also be available to allow for retailers who require March/April/May deliveries. Import Brands like Olympic, Jordan and Renegade will be showcasing their Winter 2018 range, most of which is ex-stock. The open invitation was e-mailed to our database of customers however if you prefer a one on one appointment, then please contact your Bolton agent for an appointment.
Kenya AGOA stakeholders set target of doubling 2016 value of AGOA exports to the United States by 2025
From the East Africa Trade Hub. Published on January 18, 2018 Today the USAID Hub and the Kenya Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives joined Kenya’s private sector to review and validate a new Kenya National African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Strategy. Since 2010, Kenya has nearly doubled its exports to the U.S. under AGOA, from $225 million to $389 million in 2016. The new National AGOA Strategy outlines updated priority actions for Kenya to diversify its export portfolio with the goal of doubling the value exports to the U.S. under AGOA by 2025.
Birthdays this week
06/02/1964: Wouter Joubert, TFG Apparel Supply Co, Cape Town.
In Memoriam this week
08/02/2016: Vishal Rishidaw, Smiley’s Footwear, Durban.
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 02/02: Hides & skins prices
Please note this is the first report of the year. The average hide price over the past week was R10.39/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 R32.50, and for Merino skins was R92.22.
Trade Fair dates
For a list of local and international trade fairs covering footwear, leather goods, leather and PPE, visit our website: http://www.svmag.co.za/events.php
TOP SALES AGENT WANTED
For Gauteng: To sell Ladies Footwear
Agents needed for women's leather comfort range
N.R. Footwear is looking for well connected and reputable shoe agents to cover the Western Cape, Nambia, KZN, Lesotho and Swaziland.
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, anywhere in KZN. He will accept a supervisory or management position. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Needed: A footwear mentor for a new brand owner
I am looking for a business mentor in the shoe industry. I have just started a shoe brand and I would like mentorship in any and all parts of the shoe business. I have used business mentors before, but I find if they do not know much about the shoe industry, and it can sometimes feel like a waste of time.
News & Classifieds: Tony Dickson, +27 (0)31 209 7505, email@example.com
Next newsletter: February 12, 2018.