S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.6 No.14, April 6, 2020
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The April editions of S&V Footwear & Leather Goods and S&V African Leather will appear on Wednesday and Friday this week respectively, a week later than planned. Apologies for the delay. Contacting people has been a challenge.
Retail: Planning for the restart
"If there's no extension of the lockdown, we've taken the decision to pay our staff in full. We expect consumers to have a bit to spend, because they won't have been able to spend over this period. Aside from our stores, we have a fair amount of commercial property, mostly strip malls. Some of the tenants - especially national retailers - are taking advantage of the situation by refusing to pay, which isn't fair, because these are bonded properties. We'll have to see what the legal position is and what concessions the banks make for commercial properties as opposed to domestic properties. Our smaller tenants, on the other hand, ask for a bit of an extension, and that's fair enough." - HK Bawa, director, All Star Fashions/Bawa's/Bawa's Sport, Vereeniging, Gauteng, SA. Sport fashion, 4 stores.
Covid-19: More DTIC notifications
Pretoria, Gauteng, SA – Dr Jaywant Irkhede, Director: Leather & Footwear at the Department of Trade, Industry & Competition (DTIC), last week forwarded more announcements.
Stock Exchange News Service (SENS)
Rex Trueform - Trading statement
Cape Town, W Cape, SA (March 30, 2020) – Shareholders are advised that:
And now the good news...(there's always some)
Police minister thrilled about decrease in violent crimes during lockdown - Headline in News24 yesterday
They Said It
All quotes this week from Dr Clive Jackson-Moss, International School of Tanning Technology, a contributor to S&V African Leather Magazine and, as you can see, a rich source of They Said Its:
"But the real issue is, what the hell am I going to speak to my wife about for 3 weeks? I think there is going to be a murder in my house before the three weeks is up. I could be writing future articles from the prison here in Grahamstown!!!!"
"My to do list at home is growing faster than the virus is spreading!!!"
Got anything you'd like to share?
Do you have any suggestions, comments or experiences about the lockdown that you'd like to share with the industry? We will publish the throughout the lockdown, so please let us know. - email@example.com
Updating the 2020 S&V Directory
I am using the lockdown to complete the 2020 edition of the S&V Directory. Something productive you could do with your lockdown time is to let me know if you have moved, had any other address or staff changes in the last 12 months. Please mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Trade Fairs Another essential service from S&V
Please note that we have updated most 2020 trade fairs and conferences on our website, linked to their websites: http://www.svmag.co.za/events
ABSA Agri Trends: Hides & skins prices
Hide prices (March 25, 2020) - Please note: We will not be sending out any hide reports for the next 3 weeks due to the lockdown period. The hide markets will be closed. - Conce Moraba, agricultural economist, Absa group.
08/04/1946: Colin Pedlar, retired, formerly Reflex Footwear, Lesotho.
In Memoriam this week
06/04/1979: George Cowie, GW Cowie & Co, Durban.
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Have a look at these links
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Next newsletter: April 13, 2020.