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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol. 4 No. 46, Nov 19, 2018

This Newsletter is sponsored by SAFLIA

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Dutch NGO offers SA leather industry SMEs expert assistance

Pretoria (SA) – The Netherlands-based business development organisation PUM is to offer assistance to small and medium size SA leather industry businesses following a meeting with the DTI. The assistance varies from technical expertise to design, marketing and management.
       DTI footwear and leather director Jaywant Irkhede and his deputy, Simon Mello, met PUM South African country coordinator Ed Heinen and PUM Gauteng representative Lex van der Mey early in November.
       No details of the assistance programme have been released so far.
       According to a release, PUM Netherlands Senior Experts connects entrepreneurs in developing countries and emerging markets with senior experts from the Netherlands, each of whom has at least 30 years of experience in a business environment. These senior experts voluntarily devote their knowledge and expertise to the execution of short-term (2 weeks), consultancy projects on the shop floor. By sharing knowledge, PUM helps entrepreneurs build sufficient knowledge to grow their businesses to the next level. This benefits local business as well as the surrounding community.
       Around 2 000 senior experts advise hundreds of entrepreneurs annually in over 30 countries in the most significant sectors of their economies, and they have made approximately 40 000 missions over 40 years. South Africa is a focus country for PUM. PUM’s operations are not of a commercial nature but are funded by various donors and sponsors, based on the philosophy that a self-sufficient small and medium-sized business sector is beneficial to global development. This means that projects can be executed at very low cost to the beneficiary, who is responsible only for the expert’s local accommodation, subsistence and travel costs, while PUM covers the international travel costs and various other expenses. Follow-up missions usually involve a nominal cost contribution from the beneficiary.
       The PUM experts always aim to take a fresh look at any business they visit. They focus on business issues foremost, but also on potential environmental and social improvements, often accomplished without additional costs. Even better, sustainable solutions save money in the long run. PUM has 2 000 volunteer senior experts, 150 voluntary local representatives worldwide, 100 voluntary staff (country and sector coordinators) and only 50 paid staff.
       PUM is active in the leather industry in Zimbabwe, where Judy Friend of Safari Leather told S&V earlier this year that her business had benefitted considerably from assistance by PUM experts.
       For further information on PUM go to, or contact van der Mey, who is based in Johannesburg, on +27 (0)82 805 6239,
       To apply for PUM assistance, contact Mello on +27 (0)12 394 1175,




Johannesburg (SA) – Lynn Hunter of Bob Hunter Agencies says that after 30 years she has left the footwear trade. "Not sure what my next venture will be," she wrote. "Looking forward to positive changes." - +27 (0)82 568 4117

Pinetown (SA) – Apeco will close its Port Elizabeth branch, and manager Karen McKenzie will retire. Cape Town sales director Voden Wearne will leave following a restructuring.



Retail Stores

Durban (SA) – KZN mini-chain Sole Base opened its 14th store at Hillcrest Corner in October, member Peter Perkins said. On further expansion, he said he'd "have to see what next year brings". - +27 (0)31 309 6965,

Durban (SA) – KZN/Gauteng mini-chain Shoeperama, which also formerly traded in Pretoria as Vogue, closed 4 stores over the past year, 2 in Pretoria and 2 in KZN, member Eddie Lahee said. "The reason for this is that some long standing stores have become unviable due to the rents going up annually irrespective of the fact that turnovers are not climbing.
       "We opened 1 store in KZN as a 'pop up' shop, and if it shows promise we will keep it.
       "As for the future, it depends on the economy. We need it to turn and start going up again." - +27 (0)31 564 8422,,



Send us the links

We invite other businesses to send us links to websites, Facebook pages and the like which they feel would be of interest to others. The links below are from our database:

Afrikan Skins & Horns, a game skin tannery, taxidermy and wildlife product trader:

AfriTan, an Nguni hide, sheep skin and game skin tannery:




They Said It

"Where have you been all this time ? – practicing for your retirement?!!" - SAFLIA executive director Jirka Vymetal. This was because he thought I hadn't realised someone had retired several years ago.

"Tony, morning, can you please correct – I’m getting a lot of calls asking when did I join TST????" - Mossop Western Leathers CEO Gert Kruger, whose birthday was listed in last week's newsletter, but gave his company as TST Agencies. Oops. A small mix-up with Gert Bosch, formerly of Mossop Western, now with TST Agencies. Maybe Jirka is right.
To cap it all, after we started sending out S&V African Leather last week, our IT man Jonathan Commons discovered there were missing pages, and had to resend it, apologising to readers for 'a technical problem'. I then got this email...
"Has the technical problem got anything to do with your age?" - former Bata SA MD's PA Beverley Phillips. Just wasn't my week. And ON TOP OF ALL THAT, it seems no-one responded to my plea for donations to the King William's Town SPCA.



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
04/06/2018 R14.70 R16.78 R12.54 R1.95
11/06/2018 R15.46 R17.55 R13.10 R2.04
18/06/2018 R15.63 R17.83 R13.45 R2.09
25/06/2018 R15.89 R18.05 R13.60 R2.07
02/07/2018 R16.10 R18.18 R13.87 R2.08
09/07/2018 R15.79 R17.90 R13.41 R2.02
16/07/2018 R15.45 R17.50 R13.19 R1.97
23/07/2018 R15.82 R17.72 R13.52 R1.99
28/07/2018 R15.36 R17.26 R13.17 R1.93
04/08/2018 R15.40 R17.31 R13.31 R1.94
11/08/2018 R16.11 R18.02 R14.11 R2.06
18/08/2018 R16.75 R18.67 R14.64 R2.13
25/08/2018 R16.56 R18.29 R14.23 R2.09
01/09/2018 R17.09 R19.07 R14.72 R2.15
08/09/2018 R17.64 R19.71 R15.26 R2.23
15/09/2018 R17.37 R19.54 R14.94 R2.17
22/09/2018 R16.82 R18.72 R14.33 R2.08
29/09/2018 R16.46 R18.47 R14.17 R2.06
06/10/2018 R17.06 R19.43 R14.80 R2.15
13/10/2018 R16.81 R19.12 R14.53 R2.10
20/10/2018 R16.64 R18.87 R14.43 R2.08
27/10/2018 R16.68 R18.76 R14.62 R2.10
03/11/2018 R16.28 R18.55 R14.30 R2.07
10/11/2018 R16.29 R18.65 R14.37 R2.06
17/11/2018 R15.97 R17.95 R13.99 R2.01




19/11/1949: Kevin Cockcroft, Maloti Mountain Moccasins, Pietermaritzburg.
19/11/1958: Alan Fleetwood, Bolton Group, Cape Town.
19/11/1975: Kirsten Pillay, Isicebi Trading 1098 cc, East London.
19/11/????: Johan Stumpf, left the industry, formerly KKI, Oudtshoorn.
20/11/1964: Jessica Han, Gutsy, Bloemfontein.
20/11/????: Vis Moodley, KwaZulu Shoe Co.
21/11/1950: JK Strydom, Werda Humansdorp Beleggings, Humansdorp.
23/11/1938: David Wilson, retired, formerly Barker Footwear production director, living in George.
23/11/1959: Bernice Kalakazinos, Toffee Clothing, St Francis Bay.
23/11/1970: Premilla Govender, Dynamic Engineering, Durban.
23/11/1966: Cornelio M Sunduza, Dadu Leathers Zimbabwe.
23/11/1938: Dave Wilson, retired, formerly Barker Footwear, Cape Town.
25/11/1952: Elaine Botha, Velle Shoppe, Heidelberg.
25/11/1977: Wayne Hockly, Sondor Industries, Cape Town.


In Memoriam this week

19/11/2014: Allan Bell (b. 09/07/1926), Bata Kenya and Futura Footwear, in the UK.
20/11/1997: Christian Larkins (b. 01/07/51), Interchem, Cape Town.
21/11/2009: Terry Batchelor (b. 30/10/1942), Intershu, Johannesburg.
21/11/2016: Ronnie Jones (b. 19/11/1949), Apeco, Johannesburg.
22/11/1992: Jimmy Shankland, Angels Shoes [closed], Cape Town.
22/11/1994: Chris Claassen, Futura Footwear, Pinetown.

Have you let us know about your birthday, or the birthdays of your colleagues? Our readers love this section, so please become part of it. This also applies to the In Memoriam section. Help us remember former colleagues.


ABSA Agri Trends 9/11: Hides & skins prices

The average hide price over the past week was R4.85/kg green. NB* Hide prices are determined by the average of the RMAA (Red Meat Abattoir Association) and independent companies. On October 10, the average price for Dorper skins was R30.63, and for Merino skins was R96.86.

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
25/05 7.78 31.38 86.06
01/06 7.74 30.71 95.89
08/06 7.43 31.67 87.50
15/06 7.67 32.11 87.40
22/06 7.60 32.50 86.70
29/06 7.13 32.78 86.50
06/07 7.04 32.14 86.67
27/07 5.85 40.56 96.83
10/08 5.32 34.44 87.10
23/08 5.34 36.00 91.00
07/09 4.61 35.45 95.18
14/09 4.65 30.00 99.36
12/10 5.00 30.56 95.00
02/11 4.82 31.11 92.60


Repeat appeal to Eastern Cape readers

S&V appeals to all readers, especially those in the Eastern Cape or with connections to the Eastern Cape, to donate to the King William's Town SPCA. The reasons are set out below. S&V has donated R2000 as a start. Any firm that donates and lets us know will be mentioned with thanks in the newsletter. What is especially commendable about the King SPCA is that they are sharing whatever they get with the SPCA in the village of Stutterheim. Read on:

The King William's Town SPCA has had a major influx of animals after assisting the Amahlati SPCA with the evacuation of their animals due to violent riots in the Stutterheim area. This has been at a huge cost to the King William's Town SPCA who are now in dire need of dog and cat food.
       The King Williams Town SPCA has had no choice but to draw funds from their reserves to keep up with feeding all the additional animals that are in their care.
       “We humbly request the generous assistance of the public with supplying dog and cat pellets and tinned food in order to keep the animals in our care healthy and happy,” said Annette Rademeyer of the King William's Town SPCA.
       The King William's Town SPCA never refuses to assist any animal or their neighbouring SPCAs when they are in need. We humbly call on the public to assist the King Williams Town SPCA in their time of need.

The banking details are:
Account name: KWT SPCA
Account number: 62018960709, FNB King William's Town
Branch code: 210519


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:


Classified Adverts


Corvari Footwear

Sales Reps wanted for Free State / Eastern Cape / Limpopo, Mpumalanga & North West

Looking for 3 reps to cover the above areas for our Cobbles and Noodles brands. Knowledge of children’s footwear is essential. Please send a detailed CV to Caroline at

Corvari Footwear

We are pleased to announce that Mike Wallace (072 445 5285) is the new agent representing the Angels brand and Morris Bernstein (082 855 5880) is the agent representing the Natural Steps and the new agent for the Cobbles & Noodles brands in the Western Cape.

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.

In need of a boardroom?

SAFLEC, situated at 6 Stedman Mews, 128 Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville, has a boardroom for hire.
       It seats up to 12 people around a table, and has space to add up to 15 more chairs in the room. You are welcome to view the room before hiring.
       For more information, please contact Louise on 031 266 1473 or
We look forward to being of service.


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