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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.5 No.7, Feb 18, 2019

This Newsletter is sponsored by SAFLIA


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Retail last week

On Saturday, comment from 4 retailers
"It's not like years gone by, and it hasn't been easy, but we're hanging in there. We're dealing with local manufacturers, which helps, because they offer good quality at reasonable prices, and that's what consumers need right now." - Patrick Pottier, proprietor, Athlone Shoes, Cape Town, W Cape. Independent, family footwear.

"It's been OK - there are a lot of activities in Cape Town, and the Waterfront is very sensitive to tourism, which has recovered since the fall off caused by all the talk about Day Zero. We're also not affected by load shedding. What we do notice is that our regular local customers aren't coming in as often as they used to - they're feeling the pinch." - Barry Selby, member, The Athlete's Foot, Cape Town, W Cape. Independent and online, technical running specialist.

"It went reasonably well for this time of year. No fireworks, but not too bad." - Johann Roestorff, member, Atlas Sport, Stilbaai, W Cape. Independent, sportswear.

"January was better than last year, but February, so far, has been worse." - Wynand Jonker, manager, AUG Behrens, Kroondal, NW Province. Independent, general dealer including arms & ammunition and outdoor clothing and footwear.



Zimbabwe: The land grab remains the problem

Zimbabwe's economic problems continue. One SA footwear manufacturer, who exported a significant proportion of his production to Zimbabwe, has lost all of that business, and he will not be the only one.
       Zimbabwe economist John Robertson says the problems are of the government's own making, and that they stem from the land grab. He wrote:
"Repeated postponements of the Monetary Policy Statement have caused the current uncertainties to become more deeply entrenched. While some businesses are able to make arrangements that accommodate the distortions, many cannot do so and business viability pressures are becoming so threatening that the adoption of more acceptable policies is now urgent.
       I hope the attached report on current conditions will help you to add weight to any discussions you are able to arrange with the authorities. I am maintaining that many of Zimbabwe’s problems are self-inflicted and it is up to us to remove them. The country will not become deserving of the respect of either development agencies or investors until it has done so."

See the full report here.



They Said It

"Never mind the slow retail start to the year, my brain seems to be experiencing a similar slow start! – Just don’t tell Fernand, he thinks I’m a genius!  Wouldn’t want to disillusion him " - Karen Vandenheede, of mould maker Galabiss, in Pinetown, KZN, referring to her husband..

"I have no principles at all." - Commission agent Brian Harvey, (jokingly) responding to our query about who his principals are. Which just goes to show how important spelling is. For the record, his principal is Boland Promotions.

"The Cobbler's children are never shod." - Colleen Chappe, Azula Collective


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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
26/01/2019 R15.52 R17.97 R13.60 R2.01
02/02/2019 R15.26 R17.42 R13.32 R1.97
09/02/2019 R15.46 R17.66 R13.65 R2.02
16/02/2019 R15.90 R18.15 R14.09 R2.08
Note: For previous rates, see HERE




ABSA Agri Trends 13/02: Hides & skins prices

Hide prices RISE
Compared to the previous week the hide prices started to recover.  Stakeholders report that hide exports resume for certain destinations.  Prices increased by 16,5% to R2.95/kg.

Hide & skin price progression
Date Hides/Kg Dorper/Skin Merino Skin
18/01 3.94 33.75 81.67
25/01 2.89 31.11 92.78
28/01 2.83 30.63 67.50
05/02 2.53    
For previous prices, see HERE

Meat export bans 'should be priority'

"The lifting of the EU ban on the import of ostrich meat and the ban on the export of South African beef due to the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak should therefore receive priority attention." - Extract from ABSA's interpreted summary of the aspects of the state-of-the-nation address (SONA) on agriculture.



18/02/1942: George Naicker, formerly Edcon, Johannesburg.
18/02/1944: Colin Marx, retired, formerly Tropelli [closed], Pinetown.
18/02/1956: Kevin Thompson, Leatherite International, Pretoria.
18/02/1957: Desmond Sutherland, Aviocean (Natal), Durban.
18/02/1977: Zahir Kader, Kaytex Belts, Pretoria.
19/02/1944: Bruno Tarasconi, formerly Bruno Original, now Etsang Dieta Primary Co-operative, Johannesburg.
19/02/1988: Joash Govender, Prisaan Footwear, Pinetown.
20/02/1959: Rashmi Kooverjee, Babu’s, Cape Town.
20/02/1969: Dada Segwe, Bontsho Bosweu Shop, Vryburg.
20/02/1973: Bridget Johnson, Bibbi Shoes, Johannesburg.
20/02/19??: Rakesh Ambaram, JFK Trading, Durban.
21/02/1975: Zubair Desai, Leather Loft, Stanger/KwaDukuza.
22/02/1967: Shabir Ahmed Moola, Moola’s Newcastle.
22/02/1970: Ebrahim Akoon, Urban Legends, Bloemfontein.
22/02/1982: Katherine Bischoff, Leatherband, Johannesburg.
23/02/1949: Jeff Burland, retired, formerly United Fram/Wayne Plastics, Johannesburg.
24/02/1954: Linda Gordon, Riversdalse Skoenwinkel, Riversdal.
24/02/1973: M Taljaard, Taljaard Shoe Store, Germiston.


In Memoriam this week

18/02/2017: Harry Adams, (b24/02/xx), Finlam Textiles, Pinetown.
19/02/2015: Professor Dr Des Cooper (b. 14/04/1928), Leather Industries’ Research Institute (LIRI) [closed], Grahamstown.
20/02/2004: Barry Dowson (b. 1938), Barry Dowson Components [closed], Greytown.

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Send us the links

We invite 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:

American Clothing/The Vault, men's footwear and clothing, 4 stores, Cape Town, W Cape: The-Vault-149447808538219/
American Junior/Figo's/Casablanca, men's footwear and clothing, 23 stores, Rustenburg, NW Province: 618488248171287/


Classified Adverts


Looking for employment?

The SA Footwear & Leather Export Council has a position available at our offices in Westville for a junior Girl Friday/PA to the Executive Director. Candidate must be a team player. Please send your CV to

We’re hiring!

Sales Position Available at DOT Safety Footwear.

Fantastic environment. New exciting opportunities.

Sales Experience essential. Safety Footwear industry experience advantageous.
Email C.V to


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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