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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.5 No.14, April 8, 2019

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Retail last week

On Saturday, comment from 3 retailers
"It's been pretty good for us with back-to-school, and we've got the Ironman African Championship in town at the moment. The year to date has been good - no fireworks, but we're pretty happy." - Michael Bester, director, Brian Bands Sports, Port Elizabeth, E Cape, SA. Independent, 1 store, sports goods.

"Last week's trade was fair, but to be honest, it's difficult to look at trade in terms of weeks. February was surprisingly strong for me, and March traded with no growth." - Sharita Patel, owner, Brown Sugar, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. Independent, 1 store, women's boutique.

"We had a bit of trade because of the school holiday, but the foreign tourists have left for the winter. This is a seasonal business, although we're usually busy over weekends. The year so far has been quieter than last year - especially February. The tourist business has diminished - 2 or 3 years ago, South Africa was a bargain, but now it's cheaper for Europeans to fly to Brazil. The water situation and the power outages didn't help either." - Esti Teale, MD, Cape Sports Centre/Cape Sports Laguna Mall, Langebaan, W Cape, SA. Independent, 2 stores, Crocs and flip flop stockist.



Wage negotiations start this week

Wage negotiations begin this week, with the first round of the General Goods & Handbags sector in Cape Town first up on April 9 and 10, the Footwear sector in Durban on April 15 and 16, and the Tanning sector in Port Elizabeth on April 29 and 30. The second rounds are:
- General Goods & Handbags, May 6 and 7
- Footwear, May 13 and 14
- Tanning, May 22 and 23
       The unions have submitted their opening demands, but National Bargaining Council of the Leather Industry of SA general secretary Gerald Naidoo wasn't available on Friday.
       According to a report in Carla Finlay's News Briefs on Friday, SACTWU's demands include "an average of 15% wage increase, improvements in employer retirement fund contributions, a 40-hour work week without loss of pay, local procurement promotion, and stronger organisational rights such as improved paid time-off for shop steward trade union duties, and the permanent employment of all contract workers".



They Said It

"I feel I've just been given a good rogering by SARS." - Treadsafe member (and Black Adder fan) Rob McCann on a R50 000+ penalty on a container of safety boots, mostly for storage, awaiting inspection, while Customs staff were on strike.


SLTC Convention Countdown: Just 6 weeks to go

There have been 2 late additions to the programme for the SLTC Convention:
- Christine Powley-Williams, assistant director - commercial at SATRA, will speak on The current situation of our industry.
- Speaker to be confirmed, Bernini, will speak on Spray Technology.
       The convention will take place from May 17-19 at Green Leaves Country Lodge & Venue in the Magalies Mountains.
       To book, please contact SLTC secretary Nicola Phipps at




Johannesburg, Gauteng, SA – Kaliber Safety Footwear has appointed 2 new representatives: Hein Mosetter will cover the Western Cape and Namibia, and Rudi Viljoen will cover the Free State and Northern Cape.


S&V Directory - Order now

The directory is nearing completion. Copies are available at the pre-publication price of R250. The online version is available at R450 for 12 months' access.



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
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
30/03/2019 R16.26 R18.90 R14.49 R2.15
06/04/2019 R15.80 R18.36 R14.09 R2.09
Note: For previous rates, see HERE





ABSA Agri Trends 27/03: Hides & skins prices

Bovine: The average hide price over the past week rose slightly to R1.67/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
26/02 2.04    
01/03 2.04 30.00 45.21
14/03 1.63    
20/03 1.60    
For previous prices, see HERE


08/04/1946: Colin Pedlar, retired, formerly Reflex Footwear, Lesotho.
08/04/1965: Gregg Ripley-Evans, John Whittle Components, Pinetown.
09/04/1970: Rob McCann, Treadsafe, Pinetown.
09/04/1976: Carlo Grillenzoni, agent, Cape Town.
10/04/1948: Gert Muller, Sonop, Bethlehem.
10/04/1958: Ismail Shah, Evoné, Pietermaritzburg.
11/04/1957: Isak Jacob Viljoen, Health Shoes & Accessories Centre, Nelspruit.
11/04/1966: Melanie Rothman, BBF Safety Group, Pinetown.
11/04/1976: Janine Govender, Nikkita Footwear, Durban.
11/04/1997: Roberta Johnson, Chillisource, Durban.
12/04/1922: Harry Hoyte, retired, formerly Hoyte Shoes/agent, Durban.
13/04/1970: Jason Wilkins, agent/retailer, Johannesburg.
13/04/1976: Gareth Kemp, Apollo Brands, Cape Town.
14/04/1946: Pierre Lailvaux, formerly Service Agencies [closed], Durban.
14/04/1955: BG Ranchod, Ramjee's Shoe Store, Klerksdorp.


In Memoriam this week

08/04/2011: Jack Katz, Treets Footwear, Johannesburg.
13/04/2014: Theuns JK Viljoen (b. 25/12/1942), Divac, George.
14/04/2015: Neville Horwitz (b. 25/11/1932), agent, Johannesburg.

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Have a look at these links

Pietermaritzburg retailer Quik Serv Shoes has launched a new website. Go to:


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