S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol. 4 No. 46, Nov 19, 2018
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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.
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.
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, email@example.com
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.
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:
AfriTan, an Nguni hide, sheep skin and game skin tannery: https://www.afritan.com/
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.
19/11/1949: Kevin Cockcroft, Maloti Mountain Moccasins, Pietermaritzburg.
In Memoriam this week
19/11/2014: Allan Bell (b. 09/07/1926), Bata Kenya and Futura Footwear, in the UK.
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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.
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:
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
Sales Reps wanted for Free State / Eastern Cape / Limpopo, Mpumalanga & North West
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.
News & Classifieds: Tony Dickson, +27 (0)31 209 7505, firstname.lastname@example.org
Next newsletter: November 26, 2018.