S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.6 No.20, May 18, 2020
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Baxter's: A good start, now back to 'normal'
Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, SA – The first week was very busy, from Monday to Friday. Now it has slowed down to more-or-less what it was in March.
Bachelors Classic: 'Arrogant' customers a problem
Umhlanga, KZN, SA – This business is situated in a hotel complex, and the hotels haven't yet re-opened. I have, but business has been slow...on one day, I got a customer who spent R7000, but for the next 4 days I sold nothing.
Crossover: Rentals situation being resolved
Johannesburg, Gauteng, SA – The first week was good, but since then it has slowed down to below the levels of trading in March.
The Little Slipper Co: Some great orders
Port Elizabeth, E Cape, SA – We started up production with 25% of the workforce on the 6th of May after ensuring the factory met all the added regulations.
Fred Footwear: Cautiously optimistic
Port Elizabeth, E Cape, SA – The current lockdown constraints creates an operational challenge. We are still adjusting to the ‘new norm’. I suspect that an early start (albeit small) would create an opportunity to adjust in an incremental manner, in the context of the ‘new normal’.
Labora: We'll have to wait and see
Durban, KZN, SA – We've started with 30% of our staff. It's never a productive environment but sometimes it's important just to keep the wheels turning. It's also unpleasant when you got to only choose 30% of the staff and leave the rest out of it.
Dick Whittington Shoes: Summer prices will be a challenge
Durban, KZN, SA – We are only working on essential goods at this time.
2019 footwear stats
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Plush takeover approved
By Gillian de Gouveia, Competition Tribunal
Shoeperama in business rescue
Durban, KZN, SA – Mini-chain Dened cc, which trades as Shoeperama, was placed in Business Rescue on March 19, according to a circular last week from business rescue practitioner Neil Button of Stowell Estate Administration Trust in Pietermaritzburg.
They Said It
Patel's 'winter footwear' ruling leads to a storm of ridicule
For example, open-toe shoes were not allowed to be bought or sold during the lockdown. "This strategy is not based in science and is completely unmeasured. [It's] almost as if someone is sucking regulations out of their thumb and implementing rubbish, quite frankly." - Dr Glenda Gray, a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) and chairperson of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). She said further: The lockdown should be eradicated completely, and that non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPI), such as handwashing, wearing masks, social distancing and prohibitions on gatherings, should be put in place.
"The DA is stunned by the bizarre and extraordinary clothing list that has been gazetted by Patel, which seems to have been plucked from Alice in Wonderland... [the new clothing regulations were] frankly mad and seem more at place during the 1980s under the Soviet Union than they do in a democracy like South Africa...According to the regulations, you can buy shirts so long as they are promoted ‘to be worn under jacket coats and/or knitwear’, which is ridiculous and insulting to South Africans’ intelligence. You may only buy crop bottom pants so long as they worn with boots and leggings, which is just ridiculous, and finally, you can only buy ‘closed toe’ shoes, which is just laughable." - DA MP Dean Macpherson - https://citizen.co.za/
"Look at the regulations about the sale of clothing that were published today: you aren’t allowed to sell T-shirts or flip-flops? What is this? It is not rational." - Former Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel - https://www.news24.com/
And some support
From a report in https://www.bizcommunity.com/ "The federation has participated in a robust engagement with government and stakeholders to construct the list of essential consumer items for winter clothing and textile items. The leadership of Minister Patel has been appreciated throughout the consultations." - Anthony Thünstrom, CEO of TFG and chair of the National Clothing Retail Federation.
"I have been extraordinarily impressed with the Minister’s handling of the regulations relating to the complexities of opening retail stores to sell winter clothing. His unwavering focus was on protecting the health of South Africans during the cold winter months." - Michael Mark, CEO of Truworths
"We are most appreciative of the manner in which the Minister and his advisors have applied and conducted themselves. An outcome which will ensure a wide range of winter clothing will be accessible to all is surely the correct one. This will protect our country’s citizens in the upcoming winter months." - Mark Blair, CEO of Mr Price Group
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ABSA Agri Trends: Hides & skins prices
Johannesburg, Gauteng, SA (May 12, 2020) - The current average hide price decreased by 7.3% to R0.82/kg from R0.89/kg green a week ago. The current price, however, is 11.1% lower than the average price a month ago and is 51.9% lower than the average price a year ago. Currently there isn’t much of a market for hides locally and globally. The standstill in the local automotive sector, of which the leather and hide industry is largely dependent on, has resulted in almost no sales across South Africa. For the coming weeks, a very significant % of the local hides won’t be taken up by the leather industry. The local hide market is expected to remain under immense pressure. NB* Hide prices are determined by the average of the RMAA (Red Meat Abattoir Association) and independent companies. - Conce Moraba, agricultural economist, Absa group.
18/05/1969: Andrew Lofthouse, Leather Systems, Port Elizabeth.
In Memoriam this week
19/05/2009: Robbie Trench (b. 28/03/1945), Panama Shoes, RPM Footwear (both closed), Durban.
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Next newsletter: May 25, 2020.