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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.4 No.13, April 2, 2018

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Easter trading: Disappointing for most

"It's quite difficult to get a comparison with last year, because the periods are different. We have seen a slight improvement in trading conditions since January, and Easter was in line with that." - Anthony Thünstrom, CFO, TFG, Cape Town.
"Not good. Down on last year. But we didn't expect a bumper weekend in any case." - HK Bawa, director, All Star Fashions, Vereeniging.
"On Thursday it was good. On Friday - we were compelled to open because one of our stores is in Tembisa Mall - it was quite good. From Saturday to Monday it was totally dead." - Imraan Mayet, director, Baxter's American Centre, Johannesburg.
"In footwear, fairly good, but normally we are the exception in this area." - Henry Engelbrecht, Le Roy Outfitters, Bethlehem.
"Easter wasn't a bumper season. With the impending VAT increase, people were buying necessities rather than luxury purchases." - Budgie Magan, member, Casanova Men's Fashions, Durban.
"Not bad. It was a big weekend here. Lots of people came to town." - Solly Hassim, Ahmed Tayob, Polokwane.
"Not so good. Not really an improvement over last year, which was down. You get a bit of a rush at the end of the month, but otherwise town is quiet." - Hurshvaden Vallabh, proprietor, Academy Outfitters, Ermelo.
"Two words - very good. I was pleasantly surprised by what we did. And no, I can't tell you why, because the economy is still down." - Shiraaz Mohammed, proprietor, Ebbie's Fashion House, Kimberley.
"Terrible. Worse than last year. It's just the economy, unemployment in this area, and lack of disposable income. The product we're selling is luxury, so it's not a priority." - Umesh Mita, proprietor, Bad Street Boyz, Port Elizabeth.



Bata/Ihlobo court case

Pietermaritzburg (SA) – The matter between Bata Shoes SA and Ihlobo Footwear has been set down for argument on 20 April 2018 in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.


Decofurn change

Durban (SA) – Anthony Smith has been appointed general merchandise manager at Decofurn. He replaces Beau Diesbergen, whose new career was reported last week.


SLTC Countdown - 8 weeks to go

Sam Setter correction

It was incorrectly stated last week that columnist Sam Setter writes for Leather International. His column moved to World Leather at the beginning of 2016.

When: May 18-20.
Where: Villa Paradiso in the Hartbeespoort Dam area.
The speakers are:
- Dr Geoff Tomlinson, R&D Manager, UCL Company. Topic: Vegetable tanning - art or science?.
- Dr Jay Irkhede, director: leather & footwear at the DTI. Topic: Industry status, policy and programmes.
- Ivan Peloso, Alpe. Topic: TBC
- Dr Clive Jackson-Moss, director, International School of Tanning Technology. Topic: Student answers to all your technical questions.
- James Daniel, Stahl. Topic: TBC.
- 'Sam Setter', the acerbic columnist in World Leather magazine. Topic: TBC.
- Quintin Marais, Rolfes. Topic: TBC.
- Matteo Cabrini, Thema Systems. Topic: TBC.        

That is the probable full list of speakers for the convention.



They Said It

"I stay away from footwear as much as I can these days. The only guys I lose money with !!" - Hugo Zuanni of Leather Link.

"Dear Tony, please try to keep up!!! Sam swopped from LI to WL some time ago." - Shelagh Davy, retired former editor of Leather International. One of the milder rebukes I have received so far this year.


Exchange rates


  Euro € GBP £ US $ Yuan Renminbi ¥
11/12/2017 R15.82 R17.99 R13.40 R2.03
05/01/2018 R14.86 R16.69 R12.33 R1.90
13/01/2018 R15.14 R17.03 R12.41 R1.92
22/01/2018 R14.76 R16.75 R12.08 R1.88
26/01/2018 R14.74 R16.79 R11.86 R1.87
05/02/2018 R14.96 R16.89 R12.02 R1.91
12/02/2018 R14.64 R16.51 R11.95 R1.88
16/02/2018 R14.43 R16.30 R11.63 R1.83
23/02/2018 R14.19 R16.12 R11.54 R1.82
05/03/2018 R14.60 R16.39 R11.85 R1.86
12/03/2018 R14.58 R16.43 R11.82 R1.86
16/03/2018 R14.72 R16.70 R11.97 R1.89
23/03/2018 R14.53 R16.60 R11.75 R1.86
03/03/2018 R14.58 R16.62 R11.83 R1.88




Birthdays this week

02/04/1969: Chris Govender, formerly Bugatti [closed], now Evoné, Pietermaritzburg.
02/04/1970: Gerhard Rossouw, CG Distributors, Paarl.
02/04/1974: Shaheen Hoosen, Kana’s Wholesalers, Pretoria.
03/04/1959: Grant Harris, emigrated, formerly Shoe Strip Services [closed], Pinetown.
03/04/1963: Bruce Wilson, Hotter SA, Cape Town.
03/04/1973: Brent Maron, Bolton Footwear, Cape Town.
03/04/1974: Kate Horne, Little Slipper Co., Port Elizabeth.
03/04/1973: Mahomed A Osman, Foam & Upholstery Centre, Pretoria.
04/04/1938: Colin Kemp, Chamberlain Phipps, Pinetown.
04/04/1956: Paul Moodley, Reach Footwear, Durban.
04/04/1962: Tammy Pillay, Edcon, Durban.
05/04/1964: Alastair Dean, emigrated, formerly Amber Footwear [closed], Pietermaritzburg.
05/04/1963: Lourenco Mendes, Shuler Enterprises, Harare.
08/04/1946: Colin Pedlar, retired, formerly Reflex Footwear, Lesotho.
08/04/1965: Gregg Ripley-Evans, John Whittle Components, Pinetown.


In Memoriam this week

04/04/2005: Graham Michel (b. 09/02/1958), agent, Cape Town.
06/04/1979: George Cowie, GW Cowie & Co, Durban.
08/04/2011: Jack Katz, Treets Footwear, Johannesburg.

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 23/03: Hides & skins prices

The average hide price over the past week was R9.56/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 R32.22, and for Merino skins was R87.63.

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    
10/11 12.24 37.00 101.75
30/11 11.82 32.56 94.25
07/12 11.76 35.50 92.50
14/12 11.53 35.50 91.86
02/02 10.39 32.50 92.22
09/02 10.17 33.13 91.27
16/02 9.94 32.50 88.26
16/02 9.94 32.50 88.26
16/03 9.62 33.75 90.50


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Classified Adverts


Fusion Leather in Atlantis, Western Cape is looking for a Leather Finisher.
Must be a South African with 5+ years experience in Leather Finishing.
Please email CV’s to


The Southern Cape Regional Footwear Cluster is based in Great Brak River and supplies services and training to its members in the Southern Cape (Great Brak River and Oudsthoorn) as well as in the Western Cape (Cape Town). It is a Non- profit Company, funded by the DTI and its members and was establish to, among other objectives, develop and train future generations of well skilled Supervisory and operator production employees for the Footwear Industry.

SCRFC, wishes to recruit a Footwear Technologist who is a practical, energetic and an experienced footwear manufacturing/production specialist. It is expected that the successful candidate will have practical knowledge in all facets of Shoemaking and Manufacturing processes including Management and Industrial Engineering experience. The position is a fixed term contract and the person will be based in the Southern Cape. Remuneration is negotiable and will be on a Cost to Company basis. Benefits will be limited to those prescribed by legislation.

Please e- mail a detailed CV plus qualifications to Mrs Julia Paulse at


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