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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.4 No.21, May 28, 2018

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Ihlobo vs Bata: Bata ordered to comply

Pietermaritzburg (SA) – In an judgment handed down this morning (Monday May 28) in response to Ihlobo's affidavit argued on May 17, Justice Ploos van Amstel ruled that:

(a) The application for a declaratory order regarding contempt [by Ihlobo against Bata] is refused.
(b) It is declared that the first respondent's [Bata] failure to comply with para 2.2 of the order made by Gorven J on 20 April 2018 was unlawful, and it is ordered to comply fully with that order.
(c) The first respondent is ordered to pay the costs of this application on the attorney and client scale.

In response to a query, Bata SA attorney Bhauna Hansjee said her firm was "taking instructions and advising our client".
       Bata's application for leave to appeal against the April 20 order will be heard on June 5.
The judgement ruling can be viewed - Here



SAFLIA mulls project to collect footwear stats from all sub-Saharan countries

Durban (SA) – A number of global initiatives will come out of the meetings between various national footwear manufacturers associations held alongside the UITIC Congress in Portugal from May 16-18.
       "APICCAPS [The Portuguese Footwear, Components & Leather Goods Manufacturers Association] has, for the past few years, compiled global footwear statistics," said SAFLIA director Jirka Vymetal. "That's a very impressive achievement, for which the world's footwear industries should be grateful. However, aside from most of the countries of North Africa - which are more closely economically linked to Europe than to the rest of Africa - only 3 sub-Saharan countries feature in their statistics - South Africa, Ethiopia and Angola.
       "Other delegates were quite surprised to learn that there are footwear manufacturing industries elsewhere in Africa - probably in every country.
       "Since APICCAPS has little or no access to these parts of Africa, perhaps SAFLIA should be involved and take the initiative in exposing the sub-Saharan footwear industry to the world. As a start, we need a comprehensive picture of the manufacturers here, their capabilities and their output. APICCAPS would appreciate this, and it would benefit the region as a whole.
       "I realise that's no easy task - it's hard enough getting stats from South African manufacturers - but we plan to start investigating this shortly. We would welcome input from other parts of Africa."



Game head office to move

Massmart continues expansion into Africa
Durban (SA) – Massmart is relocating the Game head office to Johannesburg from August 1. The move is coinciding with a restructuring.
       According to the Uqalo Report, South African retailer Massmart, owned by Walmart, is continuing its pan-African expansion with a plan to open 20 new stores, over the next three years. This will result in a 36% increase in retail trading space. - >a href="" >source



Shoepack: Moving with the times - but leaving nobody behind

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Tommy Hilfiger: New models signed up

Amsterdam (The Netherlands, May 23, 2018) – Tommy Hilfiger, which is owned by PVH Corp. [NYSE: PVH], announces model Hailey Baldwin and model and activist Winnie Harlow as the new global brand ambassadors for Tommy Hilfiger women’s for Fall 2018. As part of the brand’s global campaign, which celebrates icons of tomorrow in the worlds of fashion, art, music and entertainment, they will appear as the face of the Fall 2018 Tommy Icons capsule collection for women.



Death notice: Gary McEvoy

Cape Town (SA) – Footwear agent Gary McEvoy, who represented Foot Focus and other factories, died on Sunday, May 27. We hope to publish an obituary in the next issue of S&V Footwear & Leather Goods, due out shortly.


They Said It

"We'd rather leave that business to people who haven't learnt yet." - Charles Poole of Design Unique Belts on why he won't supply chains, despite the difficulties facing independent retailers.


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
22/05/2018 R14.84 R16.92 R12.61 R1.97
28/05/2018 R14.47 R16.55 R12.43 R1.94




Birthdays this week

28/05/1958: Brigitte Davidow, Nakara, Windhoek.
29/05/1964: Bevan Lamb, left the industry, formerly Egoli Gumboots (closed), Amanzimtoti.
29/05/1980: Andrew Lang, Rolfes Chemicals, Germiston.
29/05/1987: Saahir Bhamjee, Sbzee Global Trading, Johannesburg.
30/05/1940: Subramonia Balakrishnan, Malar Industries, Ndola, Zambia.
31/05/1951: James Stewart, Tokyo+Co, Cape Town.
31/05/1954: Anthony Pearce, ?, formerly Gringo Leather, Port Shepstone (now Midland Leather).
31/05/1959: Mike Ing, The Ing Thing, Howick.
31/05/1963: Craig Davis, Spunlok, Pinetown.
31/05/1972: Calay Grecia, Classic Components, Pinetown.
01/06/1942: Chris Horne, The Little Slipper Company, Port Elizabeth.
01/06/1947: Peter Howard, left the industry, formerly CPC, Port Elizabeth.
02/06/1946: Freddy Pillay, ?, formerly East Coast Shoes, Chatsworth [closed].
02/06/1975: Shaun Ganesh, Nikkita Footwear, Chatsworth.
02/06/1983: Jana van Vuuren, Maraschino Shoes, Pretoria.
03/06/1958: Tom Bailey, Watson Shoes, Great Brak River.


In Memoriam this week

28/05/2011: Charles Chavkin (b. 20/03/1930), Charles Chavkin Agencies, Johannesburg.
01/06/1992: Harry Gassert (Panther Shoe Co).
03/06/2016: Joop de Voest (b. 21/01/1954), Marketing & Planning Consulting Services, De Rust.

Do you have any names you’d like to add to our list of birthdays and In Memoriam? Please send the details.


Hide and skin prices: A note to readers

Leather footwear manufacturers that have not yet done so are requested to read the lead article in S&V African Leather, published last week, which deals with issues raised about the accuracy of the prices quoted below.


ABSA Agri Trends 25/05: Hides & skins prices

The average hide price over the past week was R7.78/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 R31.38, and for Merino skins was R86.06.

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
07/05 7.89 33.33 83.13
18/05 7.71 33.50 82.22


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