S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol. 4 No. 43, Oct 29, 2018
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Stats SA: Retail sales climbing
Pretoria (SA) – Statistics SA said retail sales rose 2.5% year-on-year in August, according to a report in eNCA, which said the main contributors to growth were retailers in textiles, clothing, footwear and leather goods.
Treasury says footwear tender is imminent
Pretoria (SA) – The National Treasury's media unit says the RT59-2018 tender for footwear for the State, which should have been awarded in February or March, will be awarded before year end. In a statement, it said:
Johannesburg (SA) – John Craig has climbed to 101 stores, marketing manager Nicole van Donnick said. "We opened a store in Stanger in September, which is doing well. We are opening this week in Thulamash and Acornhoek - two new centres in Hazyview area. We will be opening Centurion Mall 21 November as well as Mall of the South and Mamelodi Mall all on the same day and then in December in Matatiele. The business is trading well and our performance is looking strong - we are excited about the store openings still planned on this side of the year."
Cape Town (SA) – Isabelle Steiger of Think! Shoes SA will be opening her fourth store on November 29 in Bellville Village Square, Durbanville. Her other stores are in Lifestyle on Kloof, Willowbridge Centre, Tyger Valley, and Shop in Shop at Lunar Clothing, Milpark, Johannesburg
Bag manufacturer wins export awards
Cape Town (SA) – Designer handbag manufacturer Research Unit became the first company at the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Exporter of the Year competition to win four awards this month.
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They Said It
"It's interesting how they simply side step your request for reasons for the delay." - A footwear manufacturer on Treasury's response to queries about the footwear tender (see above). I had asked them why the tender had been delayed for 9 months.
30/10/1939: Peter Boudewijns, retired, formerly Badger Footwear [closed], Port Elizabeth.
In Memoriam this week
30/10/2001: David Cairns (BASF SA).
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ABSA Agri Trends 12/10: Hides & skins prices
Whilst the better grades find a place in the market; the lower grade materials have not yet found a price point. Overall, the hide market sentiment remains bearish, in line with the weak international hide market. The average hide price over the past week was R5.00/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 R30.56, and for Merino skins was R95.00.
Upcoming Trade Fairs
The SLTC 2019 Conference will be held on April 27 at the Park Inn, Northampton. See our website for details.
For a list of local and international trade fairs covering footwear, leather goods, leather and PPE, visit our website: http://www.svmag.co.za/events.php
Top safety brand seeks consultant
Safety Footwear consultant required to work on a consultancy basis with existing business. Must have knowledge of NRCS approvals process.
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Next newsletter: November 5, 2018.