S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.6 No.15, April 14, 2020
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Chains seek end to retail standstill
Talks around local sourcing also to continue
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.
Zambeef starts mass face mask production
Lusaka, Zambia – Zambeef’s Zamshu shoe division is using its stitching expertise to make thousands of face masks to help protect people from the COVID-19 disease. The company has bought more than K100,000 of fabric and is aiming to make 25,000 protective masks over the next 8 weeks.
Ihlobo Footwear: Extension for offers
Pietermaritzburg, KZN, SA – Following a request by the DTIC because of the lockdown, Berrangé Inc., the liquidator of Ihlobo Footwear, has granted an extension to local manufacturers to make offers on the equipment until close of business on May 1, professional assistant Marcel Nel confirmed last week.
NULAW statement on wages over lockdown
By Ashley Benjamin, general secretary, National Union of Leather and Allied Workers
Durban, KZN, SA – Malcolm Hill, who spent most of his long footwear career with Bata SA, died on April 3, aged 88, after a long illness. An obituary will be carried in the May edition of S&V Footwear & Leather Goods.
Stock Exchange News Service (SENS)
Woolworths - Covid-19 update and trading statement
The impact of the COVID-19 virus is being felt across all markets in which the Group operates. The Group is actively pursuing operational steps and considering strategic options to best mitigate the impacts of the crisis and to ensure the appropriate robust response in this developing situation.
And now the good news...(there's always some)
SA mining industry, government and unions 'agree to sector reboot from 16 April' - Headline in Business Maverick, April 09.
They Said It
"Technically it's a Saturday, as my wife keeps reminding me. But if you send me a WhatsApp, I can say I'm going to the toilet or something and then I can check my emails." - National Clothing Retail Federation executive director Michael Lawrence.
Got anything you'd like to share?
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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 email@example.com.
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.
13/04/1970: Jason Wilkins, agent/retailer, Johannesburg.
In Memoriam this week
13/04/2014: Theuns JK Viljoen (b. 25/12/1942), Divac, George.
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Next newsletter: April 20, 2020.