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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.5 No.3, Jan 21, 2019

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Retail last week

On Saturday, comment from 5 independents
"Very quiet. Much quieter than this time last year." - Yunus Pochee, member, Adam's, Sasolburg. Men's Outfitters.

"Absolutely dead. There are no feet out there. Much worse than last year." - Ahmed Jada, member, African Stores, Heidelberg. Men's outfitters, men's and women's footwear.

"Fair. Nothing to shout about. Back to school was good for a few days, but then back to square one. Definitely down on last year. Have to be disciplined about what you buy, and hang in there." Yusuf Ally, member, AK Bazaar/AK Sport & Leisure, Klerksdorp. Sport fashion and casual clothing and footwear.

"Very quiet. Far quieter than last year." - Ramjee Makan, manager, Alabama Men's Showroom, Bronkhorstspruit. Men's outfitters.

"Quiet. More-or-less the same as last year, I'd say." - Andreia Cordeiro, manager, Alfama Boutique, Johannesburg. Women's outfitters with home showroom.



New sales head for Skechers

Johannesburg (SA), January 8 – Brand Folio has appointed Mike Brown as head of sales. He has previously worked for Levi Strauss SA, Nike SA, Skye Distribution and Nigerian fashion retailer Smart Mark, among others.
       He wrote: "I'm excited to start my new journey with Brand Folio and the Skechers brand, and looking forward to building excellent and profitable partnerships with all our retail partners in SA."
       Describing himself as "self-motivated and positive" and someone who "looks to see the big picture whilst driving detailed executional excellence", his experience includes retail and wholesale, and most recently as a consultant in Sub-Saharan markets. - 082 329 1728

Former Skechers SA brand manager Yusuf Vadi, who left Brand Folio late last year, said he was "looking at new opportunities". He can be reached on 073 190 0220.



They Said It

"I am exchanging the land of meat and magic for the land of milk and honey. Taking up the reigns as Editor of The Dairy Mail and Public Relations Manager of the Milk Producers Organization." - Michelle de Lange, outgoing GM of the Red Meat Industry Forum in Pretoria.

"Yes, acclimatized very quickly  -  no choice in the matter." - Apeco's Karen Bowman in Pinetown, agreeing that a week into the working year, the holiday seemed a long time ago. Of course, some of us didn't go on holiday at all.


Reminder S&V Directory - Updates

It appears most readers are confident their entries in our Directory are correct. Well, if they aren't, you have only yourselves to blame. Email your information to MAYBE we can correct errors at this very late stage.


2019 Trade Fairs Another essential service from S&V

Please note that we have put a list of the 2019 trade fairs and conferences on our website, linked to their websites:


Exchange rates


  Euro € GBP £ US $ Yuan Renminbi ¥
05/01/2019 R15.94 R17.79 R13.99 R2.03
12/01/2019 R15.86 R17.76 R13.83 R2.04
19/01/2019 R15.76 R17.85 R13.87 R2.04
Note: For previous rates, see HERE




23/01/1944: Gerrie Botha, Steps Shoes @ Barclay, Pretoria.
24/01/1937: Dan Naidoo, Togo Shoes, Pietermaritzburg.
24/01/1969: Yolander Lotter, Comfy Feet Shoes, Jeffrey’s Bay.
25/01/1951: André Pelser, retired, formerly Mossop-Western Leathers, Wellington.
25/01/1973: Reggi Xaba, Zetu Shoes, Durban.
26/01/1958: André Compion, PMC, Pinetown.
26/01/1962: PT Harrower, C&B Harrower Agencies, Johannesburg.
26/01/1973: Lou Harvey, Lou Harvey Company, Durban.
26/01/1982: Adeeb Moosa, Deebo Sales, Cape Town.
26/01/19??: Jeetesh Ambaram, JFK Trading, Durban.
27/01/1969: Ashraf Saley, Nizam’s Enterprises, Azaadville.
27/01/1985: Mpumi Mazibuko, Leather Zulu, Randburg.


In Memoriam this week

22/01/1997: Charles Lintner, Bata SA, Pinetown.
25/01/2014: Barry Kruger (b. 20/06/1944), Richleigh Shoes [closed] and Corrida Shoes, Pietermaritzburg.
26/01/2006: Victor Ronald (Vic) Van Der Weele (b. 21/10/1916), SA Mercantile [closed], Cape Town.
27/01/2008: Jacob Anagnostakis (b. 03/04/1929), Watson Shoes, Great Brak River.

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ABSA Agri Trends 18/01: Hides & skins prices

Bovine: The average hide price over the past week was R3.94/kg green. NB* Hide prices are determined by the average of the RMAA (Red Meat Abattoir Association) and independent companies. Sheep: The average price for dorper skin was R33.75/skin and R92.78/skin for merino skins.

For previous prices, see HERE

Livestock prices dropped sharply!
A number of factors played together to create the perfect storm leading to the sharp decline in livestock prices during the past week. Consumers are under pressure due to our weak economic growth and relatively high energy prices and cannot pay more for protein. The imports of poultry products from Brazil prevent the expected increase in prices during the three weeks before Christmas day. During this time period rains stayed away. Maize producers failed to plant according to their intentions and as a result the maize price start to increase to import parity. It became evident that we will need to import yellow maize to meet the demand of the animal feeds market. The increase in maize prices threatens the future profitability of feedlots and as a result the price of weaner calves start to decline. During January, South Africa’s exports of meat are suspended due to the prevalence of foot and mouth disease in FMD-free areas. The approximate 3 % of beef exports as % of total beef production were immediately halted and redirected into the local meat market. The combined simultaneous impact of these events lead to a unexpected sharp decline in the price of carcass prices and this fuel further declines in the prices for weaner calves and feeder lambs. Government and the private sector is underway to regain South Africa’s FMD-free status. In the short term, consumers expect to benefit from lower meat prices. This will lead to increased consumption in beef and mutton for years to come. An increased demand will support prices to recover sooner than later as the demand for protein is strong.


Classified Adverts



Seeking a Vibrant & Creative Shoe Designer

Budding Shoe Manufacturing Company seeks a vibrant and creative shoe designer to help move our company forward. We are looking for someone with leadership qualities as well as a creative side as they will constantly be designing new styles of shoes.
Must have experience in grading and design of ladies' and men's shoes. Experience in designing of boots would be a bonus.
We are based in Benrose, Johannesburg. Please contact Aarifah on 061 046 4180 to set up an interview. Salary and contract terms will be discussed then.

Agencies Required

Experienced agency with many years' experience looking for Men’s, Ladies' and Children’s agencies for Gauteng. We have good connections with Chain and Independent stores.

Please contact

Phone   082 497 0854


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