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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.4 No.19, May 14, 2018

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Ihlobo vs Bata: Another adjournment

Pietermaritzburg (SA) – Following a further urgent affidavit by Ihlobo Footwear on Friday, the matter was adjourned until Thursday 17 May 2018 for argument.
Follow this link for the affidavit.


Proposed cluster for the luggage, handbag and general goods sector

Johannesburg (SA) – Mandy Owen, chair of the Association of SA Manufacturers of Luggage, Handbags & General Goods, has released the following statement: "I am pleased to confirm that after extensive consultation with the DTI we are now in a position to proceed with the establishment of a Sub-National Cluster for our sector. Expression of interest is invited from members of the General Goods Sector who wish to be part of the proposed sub-national cluster."
       This is an exciting opportunity aimed at radically transforming our industry. A Cluster offers the opportunity to address both the common and unique challenges we all face in our businesses. The cluster funding allows for various interventions: training, skills development, industrial engineering, bench marking , new technology, marketing, etc aimed at creating a vibrant, sustainable manufacturing sector equipped to compete locally and internationally, creating employment and the opportunity to grow and develop our businesses."
Companies wishing to apply to join the Cluster need to meet the following requirements:
1 Tax Compliant
2 Bargaining Council Compliant
3 Current Audited Financial Statements.
       "This is a great opportunity. I really encourage you to give it serious consideration. Please respond by email before 16 May 2018 to"



General Goods settles

Cape Town (SA) – The General Goods & Handbags sector last week settled on an 8% wage increase, effective from July 1, National Bargaining Council of the Leather Industry general secretary Gerald Naidoo said. There were no peripheral factors.
       The second round of the Footwear sector's negotiations have been postponed to June 6 and 7.


Labora design appointment

Durban (SA) – Freelance designer Mike Conradie joined Labora Shoes in mid-April with a brief to continue training the 4 designers selected from last year's Labora school of excellence design course to join Labora's design team. When their training is complete, he will move on to the other Labora staff who did the course, and who are currently working as sample chasers.


Footwork change

Johannesburg (SA) – Former Footwork brand manager Stacey Crouse has left Intershu. Thalia Olver has been appointed brand manager, and also handles Gauteng sales.



Death notice: Tony Bradshaw

Port Elizabeth (SA) – Former Jack & Jill staff member Tony Bradshaw died on Sunday, May 6, after a stroke.


Death notice: Peter Jönsson

Johannesburg (SA) – Former TFL MD Peter Jönsson died on May 8 after a short illness, aged 51. His obituary will follow in African Leather next week.


They Said It

"Spot on.... and because I know Bata wasn't giving you enough of a hard time so I thought 'let me contribute to your misery'." - An advertiser, explaining why he was making me wait for a decision. I don't think I'll have to go to purgatory. If I just forward my inbox to St Peter, I'm sure I'll get immediate access.


Source Africa: Days of high-quality industry discussions

Cape Town (SA) – The 2018 event is set to be bigger than ever, so prepare yourself for a comprehensive display of quality, creativity, reliability and sophistication across the textile, apparel and footwear manufacturing industries - and that's just the exhibition!
       Don't forget the exhibitor focused fashion shows and high-level conference programme that is currently drawing a lot of attention.
       All conference sessions are FREE TO ATTEND. All you need to do is register your free visitor pass online.
       With a key focus on global and local trends, technological optimisation and trade flow agreements by industry expert speakers, the 2-day programme is a platform to stay up-to-date with the latest trends while networking, engaging and growing your industry footprint.

View the 2-day agenda online HERE
Register your visitor pass online HERE

Find out which expert speakers you will be learning from and diarise the sessions most applicable to your line of work.

With just 6 weeks to go, book your FREE visitor pass online today!
Date: 20-21 June 2018
Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre
Times: 9:00 – 16:00 daily

For visitor queries contact:
Priyanka Lutchman
+27 (0)10 599 6158


SLTC Countdown - THIS week!

SAM SETTER to speak...

He says he'll be "dealing with serious subjects but I will, if okay, present it with some wisecracks."

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
14/05/2018 R14.60 R16.54 R12.21 R1.92




Birthdays this week

14/05/1950: Phillip Fox, Jumbo Footwear, East London.
14/05/1952: Eric Majoor, St Tropez, Durban.
15/05/1941: Pieter van Niekerk, retired, formerly Midland Leather KZN (Gringo), Port Shepstone.
15/05/1974: Brett Isaacs, BMI Agencies, Johannesburg.
16/05/1942: Abie Kleinbooi ?.
17/05/1951: Andre Otto, retired, formerly Bata, Pinetown.
18/05/1949: Mike Wakeling, retired, formerly agent, Johannesburg.
18/05/1969: Andrew Lofthouse, Leather Systems, Port Elizabeth.
18/05/1974: Rudolph de L Volschenk, Leo D’ Mar, George.
19/05/1965: Pierre van Niekerk, left the industry, formerly Midland Leather KZN (Gringo), Port Shepstone.
19/05/1970: Chalkie Harrower, C&B Harrower Agencies, Johannesburg.
20/05/1934: Diana Beckley, retired, formerly agent, Durban.


In Memoriam this week

14/05/2010: Peter Edginton (b. 19/11/1949), Front Edge Technologies, Johannesburg.
15/05/2010: Louis Conradie (b. 26/06/1935), Conloo Joinery, Welkom.
17/05/2002: Johan Wilken (b. 1/11/1925), Klein Karoo Co-op, Oudtshoorn.
19/05/2009: Robbie Trench (b. 28/03/1945), Panama Shoes, RPM Footwear (both closed), 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 07/05: Hides & skins prices

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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