S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.6 No.18, May 1, 2020
This Newsletter is sponsored by SAFLIA
Because of all the interest around Level 4 Lockdown regulations governing our industries, we are bringing out the Newsletter today instead of on Monday. Public holiday? What public holiday?
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Restarting manufacturing and retail
Limited restart for footwear manufacturing and retail, no word yet on leather goods, more leeway for tanning industry
From today, the leather and footwear sectors, and their suppliers, may resume limited business, from manufacturing to retail, subject to various safety measures. Subject to clarification, it appears that ANY closed footwear qualifies. So far, no mention has been made of leather goods.
They Said It
"I loved the mask video from Palm Footwear in your latest edition; the ingenuity and resilience of CFTA manufacturers/'survivors' is uplifting. Good luck to them! And to the industry which, I hope, will stride forward post-lockdown with fewer imports coming through." - Lesley Williams, formerly with Edgars Zimbabwe, now an Agent/Consultant, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
"In jail. Cannot respond. Kind regards." - Arveen Boodhoo, MD, Dick Whittington Shoes, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, SA. He was responding (tongue-in-cheek) to our query about a police raid on the factory for alleged lockdown contraventions. For the story, see S&V Footwear & Leather Goods, coming out on Wednesday.
And now for the good news (there's always some, and this really is)
Harvest outlook impressive and raises hope for agriculture sector rebound
Comment by Paul Makube, Senior Agricultural economist at FNB Agri-Business
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. - firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Johannesburg, Gauteng, SA (April 28, 2020) - Beef: Local beef prices have been under pressure due to current lockdown restrictions. These are times of uncertainty and many feedlots are not buying the volumes of weaner calves they usually do due to the uncertainty about the overall direction of prices in the coming months. Farmer’s not being able to sell their livestock creates not only a cash flow problem , but also creates a logistical backup as they may not have physical space for new feeder cattle/ weaner calves that were intended to replace the animals that were not sold.
04/05/1940: Isaac James, retired, formerly Step High Shoe Boutique, Cape Town.
In Memoriam this week
05/05/2001: Raj Kallichurum (b. 23/02/1954), Shoe Component Supplies, KwaDukuza.
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Making use of the lockdown: Have a look at this link
The International School of Tanning Technology, Grahamstown, E Cape, SA, has used the lockdown in part to redo its website. To see the results, go to: https://sites.google.com/site/isttschool/
News & Classifieds: Tony Dickson, +27 (0)31 209 7505, firstname.lastname@example.org
Next newsletter: May 4, 2020.