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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.4 No.18, May 7, 2018

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Ihlobo vs Bata: Claim, counter-claim, and increasingly heated language

eThekwini (SA) – The dispute between Ihlobo Footwear and Bata SA over CMT work is being ratcheted up, with Bata still not supplying Ihlobo with work, and claiming fraud by Ihlobo, and Ihlobo in turn denying fraud and claiming 'bad faith' by Bata.
       The article in last week's newsletter, based on a report in The Witness newspaper, said the High Court in Pietermaritzburg had ordered Bata to supply Ihlobo with work.
       The full order, made on April 20, read:
1. The application be and is hereby adjourned to 22 June 2018.
2. Pending that date:
2.1 the purported cancellation of the agreement between the Applicant [Ihlobo] and the First Respondent [Bata SA] is suspended and should be of no force and effect;
2.2 The First Respondent is ordered to place orders with the applicant as would have been done if the purported cancelation of the agreement had not taken place.
2.3 Paragraph 2.2 shall not derogate from any cancel the agreement.

Bata attorney Bhauna Hansjee, of Macgregor Erasmus Attorneys, repeatedly demanded last week that S&V retract its article and issue an apology.
       For this newsletter, she wrote: "We have explained to you previously that the order specifically reserved our client’s rights to cancel the agreement in accordance with the termination provisions of the agreement, which includes in the event of a repudiation by Ihlobo, which is what occurred, please see the letter cancelling the agreement dated 24th April and our subsequent further supplementary affidavit.  This means that unlike the impression your article creates, our client is not obliged to continue trading with Ihlobo.  This has now been repeatedly conveyed to you in correspondence and telephonically and your refusal to comply with our client’s demand is actionable.
       "We are not instructed to debate this issue with your publication, and have made a reasonable request that the retraction is published and your readers informed that your article did not report the facts accurately.
       "Our client’s rights remain reserved."
       Ihlobo attorney Roderick Brent, of Hay & Scott Attorneys, said he had no comment.

In its supplementary affidavit, Bata claimed that Ihlobo had fraudulently worked with a Bata staff member to give the impression that it had orders from Bata. Ihlobo responded by denying fraud, and accusing Bata of 'constructive contempt' in ignoring the court order.
       Below are links to:
1) The court order by Mr Justice Gorven
2) The supplementary affidavit by Bata SA
3) The answering affidavit to Bata's affidavit by Ihlobo Footwear



Catwalk going online

Pretoria (SA) – Independent retailer Catwalk Shoes is transforming itself from a bricks-and-mortar store to an online retailer, director Peter Thumbran has confirmed. -



SLTC Countdown - 2 weeks to go


Speaker changes

DTI chief director textiles, clothing, leather & footwear Abisha Tembo will replace his leather & footwear deputy Jaywant Irkhede, who will be away.
Paolo Matelli, sales manager at Alpe, replaces his director, Ivan Peloso. His topic is outlined below.

Bookings and rooms available

SLTC secretary Nicola Phipps says 45 delegates have booked, and that there are still rooms available. Please contact her on

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?.
- Abisha Tembo, director: leather & footwear at the DTI. Topic: Industry status, policy and programmes.
- Paolo Matelli, Alpe. Topic: The latest in splitting technology and belly to belly shaving. Also automation in splitting and shaving.
- 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: Introducing features into the tanneries like raw material traceability and process automation with the objective to have sustainable, traceable and consistent leather.
- Quintin Marais, Rolfes. Topic: TBC.
- Matteo Cabrini, Thema Systems. Topic: TBC.




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
23/04/2018 R14.99 R17.11 R12.27 R1.94
30/04/2018 R15.06 R17.16 R12.47 R1.96
07/05/2018 R14.96 R16.98 R12.55 R1.97





Birthdays this week

07/05/1936: Matt Barnard, Stanhope Boot & Shoe, Pinetown.
07/05/1947: Mike Rolfe, Barker Footwear, Cape Town.
07/05/19??: Gerard Aarnikhof, formerly Angels Shoes, Cape Town.
08/05/1950: David Boast, retired, formerly African Hide Trading, Port Elizabeth.
08/05/1956: Jeff Human, John Whittle Components, Cape Town.
09/05/1949: Mike Millar, MRM Agencies, Johannesburg.
09/05/1955: Jill Fraser, Claw Boot International, Johannesburg.
09/05/1960: Rodney Reynders, left the industry, Durban.
09/05/1963: Don Tully, Groundcover Leather Company, Curry’s Post.
09/05/19??: Barry Selby, The Athlete’s Foot, Cape Town.
09/05/19??: Sarie de Wet, KKI Leather Marketing, Oudtshoorn.
10/05/1950: Brian da Costa, agent, Port Elizabeth.
10/05/1971: Ashraf Kathrada, Catz, Cape Town.
11/05/1945: David Maisey, emigrated, formerly Brondean Agencies, Port Elizabeth.
11/05/1951: Walter Kurth, emigrated, formerly Corbeau, Cape Town.
12/05/1946: Gordon Howie, The Runner group, Johannesburg.
12/05/1952: Louise Pelser, SAFLEC, Durban.
12/05/1976: Hennie Groenewald, ACA Threads, Cape Town.
13/05/1934: Dennis Linde, retired, formerly SAFLIA, Pinetown.
13/05/1980: Hayley Mitchell, Silkworm, Johannesburg.
13/05/19??: Carol Roberts, Trailmix Trading.


In Memoriam this week

08/05/2010: Bob Hunter (b. 18/11/1938), footwear agent, Johannesburg.
10/05/2011: Albino Rodrigues De Oliveira (b. 09/01/1944), Andreoli Shoes/Giorgio Marelli/Sabrina Shoes [all closed], Durban.
12/05/2011: Charles Burger (b. 28/12/1968), Klein Karoo International, Oudtshoorn.

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 07/05: Hides & skins prices

Is listeriosis under control?
Since the recall of affected products on 4 March from shop shelves the incidence of listeriosis dropped significantly. Compared to the level of occurrences under normal circumstances in the USA the reported cases of listeriosis in South Africa dropped to similar levels in the latest report of the National Listeria Incident Management Team. It is therefore expected that this crucial statistics should be shared with consumers. It may just be that the listeriosis outbreak is under control and that the ready to eat products can be consumed with increased consumer confidence. Currently, these products sell at a fair discount and it is expected, as consumer confidence recovered, the price of these products will follow suit. An announcement in this regard is due.
The average hide price over the past week continued to record declines. Overall, the hide market remains bearish due [to the] relatively strong ZAR strength and the weak international market.
       The average hide price over the past week was R7.89/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 R33.33, and for Merino skins was R83.13.

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
13/04 8.98 35.00 81.25
23/04 8.40 35.13 86.00
26/04 8.18 34.13 86.11


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