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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.5 No.12, March 25, 2019

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Apologies for the lateness of this newsletter. I ran out of day on Saturday.

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Retail last week

On Saturday, comment from 5 retailers
"Quiet. The whole year so far has been quiet, although we had a good year last year. With trading the way it is, it looks like we'll lose some of the few remaining local clothing manufacturers. It's not a rosy picture." - Bertie Liebenberg, member, Big & Tall Gents' Outfitters, Randburg, Gauteng, SA. Independent, 1 store specialising in large sizes.

"Quite quiet. We were affected by load shedding. The whole year has been quiet so far." - Miché McIntyre, sales, Bare Necessity, Cape Town, W Cape, SA. Independent, 1 store, women's clothing, footwear, leather goods and cosmetics.

"March has been a bit slower than January and February, and it feels like there's been a bit of belt tightening. However, I also think consumers are waiting for winter styles before they buy. We took part in the pop-up market at the Decorex fair over the weekend, and that was good for us. I'm very positive about the months ahead." - Graeme Tuck, director, Blueberry Blush, Durban, KZN. Independent, 1 store and online, and wholesaler of footwear under its own brand.

"The year so far has been average, OK, but last week was the worst week of the year so far. Quite down." - Muhammad Boda, director, Boda Bros, Florida, Gauteng. Independent, 1 store, men's outfitter.

"Extremely slow. No traction whatsoever." - Muhammad Laher, manager, Bombay's of Nigel/Sports Fusion, Nigel, Gauteng, SA. Independent, 1 store, men's outfitter.



They Said It

"You can tell the whole industry I take a dim view of it." - Lionel Astill, Italian Leathers, Durban, KZN, SA, on load shedding. That is perhaps the one view that the entire country shares, Eskom's management excepted.


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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
23/02/2019 R15.90 R18.32 R14.04 R2.09
02/03/2019 R16.17 R18.77 R14.22 R2.12
09/03/2019 R16.22 R18.79 R14.43 R2.14
16/03/2019 R16.31 R19.15 R14.40 R2.14
25/03/2019 R16.31 R19.02 R14.42 R2.14
Note: For previous rates, see HERE





ABSA Agri Trends 20/03: Hides & skins prices

Bovine: The average hide price over the past week was R1.60/kg green. NB* Hide prices are determined by the average of the RMAA (Red Meat Abattoir Association) and independent companies. "Expectations are that hide prices will stabilize at current price levels after the international APLF Leather and Materials Fair held in Hong Kong last week," according to Wessel Lemmer, senior agricultural economist, Absa group.

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
26/02 2.04    
01/03 2.04 30.00 45.21
14/03 1.63    
For previous prices, see HERE


25/03/1974: Charl du Plessis, left the industry, formerly with KKI, Oudtshoorn.
26/03/1950: Bunny Ramsay, Equalization Footwear, Durban.
26/03/1961: Peter Meinzer, Thiel’s Shoe Shop, Windhoek.
27/03/1952: Mike Conradie, freelance designer, Durban.
27/03/1958: Tony Parkes, Futura Footwear, Pinetown.
28/03/1963: Brett Momberg, BBF Group, Port Elizabeth.
28/03/1964: Pooan Archary, Paragon Footwear, Pietermaritzburg.
28/03/1968: Ismail Gathoo, Esquire, Bethlehem.
28/03/1972: Alfonso Smerilli, Michelle Footwear, Durban.
28/03/1986: Mohomed Adam, Seadoone Shoes, Amanzimtoti.
29/03/1949: Jose Alves, Unikem, Pinetown.
29/03/1951: Byron Ludlow, Michelle Footwear, Durban.
29/03/1954: Keith Alexander,?
29/03/1955: Dennis Manning, emigrated, formerly Trenzado Footwear.
29/03/1963: Kosi Cooppan, Majenta Shoes, Durban.
29/03/1974: Julian Zuluaga, formerly Bata SA, Pinetown.
30/03/1946: Sarel Broodryk, retired, formerly Exotan, Port Elizabeth.
31/03/1966: Lars Torpus, ?, formerly Nakara, Windhoek.
31/03/1975: Imraam Essop, Baby Luv, Springs.
31/03/1986: Nazir Mahomed, Power Save Cash & Carry, Mpumalanga.


In Memoriam this week

26/03/2002: Marie Joy Viljoen, Tuftex, Pinetown.
26/03/2011: Paolo Bresolin (b. 25/07/1944), Andreoli Shoes, Pinetown.
26/03/1994: Manfred Hanni, Hanni Leathers [now Seton AutoLeather], Nigel.
28/03/2011: Brian Berger (b. 25/12/1963), Armadillo Footwear, Johannesburg.
28/03/2015: Colin Grecia (b. 29/12/1964), Classic Components, Pinetown.
29/03/2008: Jeff Bub (b. 28/09/1942), In Shoes/In Clothing [closed], Cape Town.
31/03/2016: Peter Edmeades (b. 19/07/1950), Rebel Safety Gear, Germiston.

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