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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.4 No.15, April 16, 2018

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Green Cross: More retrenchments

Cape Town (SA) – National sales manager Tim Starke is the latest member of staff to be retrenched by Green Cross Manufacturers as part of "an operational restructure". His departure was announced last week (see classified ad below).
       Design and development manager Emilie Oosthuizen and Jené Kruger, from the same department, were retrenched at the end of March.
       Green Cross, which is a division of JSE-listed AVI, had not responded to a request for comment on its restructuring at the time of writing.


EThekwini considering help for footwear industry

Durban (SA) – The EThekwini Municipality - which is home to much of the footwear manufacturing industry - is investigating ways of supporting the industry.
       Spokeswoman Anasuyah Pather said the investigation was at an early stage.
       "The Economic Development and Investment Promotion Unit - Programmes Department is mandated to support industrial development," she wrote.
       "The Programmes Department has approached this through establishing Cluster bodies which are partnerships with industry, in the form of a non-profit company that provides direct programme support to the targeted industry.
       "The Department is currently looking at 2 feasibility studies that are aimed to support the Footwear and Leather Industry.
       "One project looks at the possibility of an area based cluster and the other the possibility of an industry wide entity.
       "Once the feasibilities are complete and if viable, authority will be sort from the EThekwini Municipality’s Council for approval to continue and implement the projects. Both projects are being undertaken in consultation with key stakeholders, the Department of Trade and Industry and the South African Leather and Footwear Export Council.
       "For further information please email or telephone 031 311 4233."



Wage negotiations: General Goods report back tomorrow

Cape Town (SA) – Employers in the General Goods & Handbags sector are to report back on their reactions to union demands on Tuesday after a side caucus following the first round of negotiations last week (April 10 and 11), according to National Bargaining Council of the Leather Industry Gerald Naidoo. The side caucus included representatives from both sides. The second round of negotiations will be on May 8 and 9.
       The first round of the Tanning sector also starts on April 18 in Port Elizabeth. This sector has a 2-year agreement in place, however and the main issue to be resolved is to address the disparity in the wage rates of a “General Worker Entry Level” and “General Worker”
       The first round of the Footwear sector negotiations, in Durban, is on April 25 & 26.


SLTC Countdown - 6 weeks to go

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 World Leather columnist. Topic: TBC.
- Quintin Marais, Rolfes. Topic: TBC.
- Matteo Cabrini, Thema Systems. Topic: TBC.



History: The origin of the name Stokies

By Don Clarke
My father, Brian Clarke, was responsible for the South African footwear brand name "Stokies", and I was there when it happened in the early 60s.
       I was a young boy living in Westville, and my dad was the marketing director of R Faulks & Company, a big shoe manufacturer at that time. At least once a year he would travel overseas to New York, Paris and London to bring back new shoe design ideas. One year he discovered a range of towelling shoes with flat rubber soles in the USA called Jiffys. He brought a few pairs back, and though they were reluctant at first, he persuaded his company to put them into production. All he needed was a name. At that time I had a trendy young uncle called Neville Shave who was an extremely keen surfer. One day Neville was at our house, and I remember so clearly my dad saying to him: "Nevvie my boy, I'm looking for a trendy name for a new range of casual shoes. What's a cool word that you young guys are currently using?"
       Neville replied: "Well uncle Brian, when we really like something, we say we're stoked."
       Right there and then my dad said: "Thanks Nevvie, I'll call them Stokies."
       And the rest, as they say, is history!


They Said It

"We could also give a tub of Dubbin as face cream to the oldest birthday of the week." - Equator Accessories MD Leon Buhr. Equator is considering sponsoring the weekly birthdays column in future. He was joking - I think.



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
11/04/2018 R14.75 R16.91 R11.93 R1.90
16/04/2018 R14.89 R17.23 R12.04 R1.91




Birthdays this week

16/04/1952: Russell Lochner, agent, Johannesburg.
17/04/1948: Graham Althorpe, agent, East London.
17/04/1948: William James Mail, Norton Wellworth Agencies, Johannesburg.
17/04/1957: Colin Battle, agent, Port Elizabeth.
18/04/1976: Neelan Parumaul, Melton Adhesives, New Germany.
19/04/1946: Mike Pengelly, Trailmix Trading, Durban.
19/04/19??: Chris Beedle, Freestone Global Trade, Johannesburg.
20/04/1948: Michael Hoffmann, Max-Cowell, Port Elizabeth.
20/04/1954: Barry Clayton, Shoe City, Port Elizabeth.
20/04/1957: Johnny Kleynhans, ConsulTan, Bulawayo.
20/04/1960: Glen Mitchell, Shoprite Checkers, Cape Town.
20/04/1963: Angie Tootla, The Rose Lady, KwaDukuza/Stanger.
21/04/1959: Jirka Vymetal, SAFLIA, Durban.
21/04/1972: Stanton Pullen, reportedly working in Japan.
22/04/1959: John Comley, Eddels, Pietermaritzburg.
22/04/1959: Richard Louw, Quality Store, Lephalale.
22/04/1986: Shaun Moodley, BM Agencies, Durban.


In Memoriam this week

20/04/2015: Moira Pascall, Economic Shoe Store, Paarl.
21/04/2012: MG Moodley (b. 08/04/1922), MG Shoes/Ballucci Footwear [both closed], Pietermaritzburg.
22/04/2007: Louise Cowie (b.05/06/?), GW Cowie & Co, 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 13/04: Hides & skins prices

The average hide price over the past week was R8.98/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 R35.00, and for Merino skins was R81.25.

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
23/03 9.56 32.22 87.63
06/04 8.86 36.67 82.50


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Classified Adverts

Looking for Sales/Marketing post

From Tim Starke, former National Sales Manager at Green Cross Manufacturing:
I aspire to work with a well-respected organisation in a team environment where I can make a difference using my proven sales and marketing abilities to advance the operational standards, service delivery and business objectives.
My 13-year track record and experience in the competitive footwear and apparel industry would prove an immense asset to the organisation.
While at Green Cross I was responsible for growing sales revenue within the wholesale division, executing the sales strategy in South Africa and existing markets, and developing new markets and customer distribution partnerships.
I am looking forward to new opportunities where I can utilise my sales and marketing related strengths and expertise. I can be reached on +27 (0)84 643 8075 | |


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