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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.5 No.9, March 4, 2019

This Newsletter is sponsored by SAFLIA


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Retail last week

On Saturday, comment from 5 retailers
"So-so, slightly down on last year this time, but it's been fair. As a retailer you don't know what to expect, and there's a lot of scepticism. However, you have to be positive and you have to adapt to circumstances, which is what we're doing. Hope is a very important sentiment." - Ebrahim Mansoor, proprietor, Exclusive Fashions, Ixopo, KZN. Men's outfitter, 1 store.

"Bad, very bad. Business in Springs was hurt by the closure of mines a couple of years ago, and the CBD has been affected by new malls." - Sudhir Lalloo, proprietor, Bargain House, Springs, Gauteng. Women's shoe shop, 1 store.

"Slightly down on last year. Fair, not busy, busy. The year so far has been OK. I don't believe in being negative." - Shaheen Mohamed, director, Barkly West Trading Co., Barkly West, N Cape. Clothing store, mostly women's footwear, 1 store.

"Last week, up until Wednesday this week, was bad. On Thursday it picked up, Friday was very good, and today has been good. It's surprising after a poor February." - Sam Mayet, member, Barrenger's Clothing & Shoes, Lenasia, Gauteng. Men's outfitter, 1 store.

"Very quiet, quieter than last year. The year so far has been on the quiet side." - Dawood Bassa, proprietor, Bassa's Shoe Box, Tongaat, KZN. Family footwear, 1 store.



School uniforms: Competition Commission warns of 'stricter approach'

Pretoria, Gauteng, SA (February 26, 2019) – At a press conference to address issues surrounding "anti-competitive conduct in the school uniform sector" last Tuesday, the Competition Commission said "in a major development", it had confirmed agreements with a number of private schools whereby they would "improve competition in the market for the supply of school uniforms and reducing school uniform prices for parents".
       However, it warned schools that were "still engaged in uncompetitive behaviour" that its approach would "definitely be more firm and stricter towards those in defiance".
       See the statement here.


State footwear tender out

Pretoria, Gauteng, SA – The National Treasury says that RT59/2019, the tender for footwear for State departments, is available on its website. The 2018 tender was scrapped.



Who makes skips? Second asking

We have had NO RESPONSE to our query about shoe skips. Can anyone tell me who makes or supplies skips, please?


They Said It

"When I was 22-year-old new salesman at British United Shoe Machinery in Pietermaritzburg, my Boss Man and Branch Manager was Ben Peters, and I recall a remark that he made to me whilst I was sitting behind my desk: 'YOU DON’T MAKE MONEY SITTING IN THE OFFICE'. That remark was the 'BASE' that I have used from that day up to today." - Garth Ribbink, member, A Greenaways (Natal), Durban, KZN.


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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
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
23/02/2019 R15.90 R18.32 R14.04 R2.09
02/03/2019 R16.17 R18.77 R14.22 R2.12
Note: For previous rates, see HERE




ABSA Agri Trends 26/02: Hides & skins prices

Hide prices drop 31.8%
Bovine: The average hide price over the past week was R2.01/kg green. NB* Hide prices are determined by the average of the RMAA (Red Meat Abattoir Association) and independent companies.

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
01/02 2.83 30.63 87.50
05/02 2.53    
13/02 2.95    
15/02 2.95 25.83 62.01
19/02 2.01    
22/02 2.00 31.88 49.21
For previous prices, see HERE


04/03/1950: Mike Gedye, Michelle Footwear, Durban.
04/03/1977: Regan Govender, Paragon Footwear, Pietermaritzburg.
05/03/1937: Arnold Buckby, agent, Cape Town.
05/03/1949: Tony Carnecky, retired, formerly Futura Footwear, Pinetown.
05/03/1983: David Novos, Economic Shoes, Paarl.
05/03/1986: Muhammed Omar, Fashion Square, Durban.
06/03/1971: Sunil Bhagwandas, Ginger Bhagwandas, Durban. 06/03/1976: Kevin Pillay, Alateens Bopsi Footwear, Durban.
07/03/1960: Rafique Moosa, Cassim Moosa Bros. Trading, Pretoria.
08/03/1958: Gary van Rooyen, New Balance SA, Cape Town.
08/03/1962: Rajesh Kulwa, Apeco, Pinetown.
08/03/1966: Yamraj Deeplal, Foot Flair, Amanzimtoti.
09/03/1967: PJ Moloisane, Trade & Investment SA, Sandton.
09/03/1982: Romal Sewsunker, Sunstep Footwear, Durban.
10/03/1951: Mrs M Balakrishnan, Malar Industries, Ndola, Zambia.
10/03/1958: Nigel Dunning, Mimosa Extract Co., Pietermaritzburg.


In Memoriam this week

06/03/1993: Brian Murphy, agent.
06/03/2011: Livio Sirilli (b. 06/04/1921), Sirilli Shoes, Pietermaritzburg.
09/03/2016: David Opie (b. 11/01/1963), Hippo Bag & Screen [closed], Cape Town.
10/03/2004: Steven Naidoo, Nasron Footwear, Durban.
10/03/2017: Kevin 'Tubby' Hannaford (b. 05/11/1949), Moulded Footwear Components, Durban.

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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:

Anbessa Shoe SC, casual leather men's and women's footwear manufacturer, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Shoe-Share-Company-149545755232592/
ANCA Shoes, branded women's formal, casual and comfort footwear retailer, 1 store, Benoni, Gauteng, SA: 544800145638248/


Classified Adverts


Specialised Plastics Supplier Visiting SA

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council announces that this supplier will be in Cape Town tomorrow (Tuesday 5th), and Johannesburg (Wednesday and Thursday 7th & 8th).
- General type of flexible foam used in mattress, sofa and cushion applications;
- Toluene Diisocyanate (TD), Polyols (PPG), Polymer Polyols (POP), which are widely used as raw materials to manufacture flexible foam products included mattress, sofa and cushion applications.
- Methylene Diphenyl Diisocyanates (MDI), which is widely used as raw material to manufacture industrial goods and sports goods and SPANDEX, shoe sole, TPU elstomer, synthetic leather, paint and adhesive.
- Monomeric MDI, which is widely used as raw materials to manufacture vehicle interior material such as steering wheel, air bag cover, water proof floor material to make pre-polymer, shoes, in out sole field and adhesive.
Please contact Conrad Hendry or Palesa Mamaregane


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