October 2018 Newsletter

October 2018 Newsletter

SAFLEC takes members to Ethiopia

SAFLEC recently partnered with Eastern Cape Development on a trade mission to Ethiopia. A mixed selection of clothing, footwear, handbags and crafts took centre stage in dominating South African presence at an event visited by buyers from H & M, Zara and Hugo Boss.

The trade event was intended as dual strategy. This included a market entrance strategy and research mission to investigate the Chinese involvement in the leather industry and its competitiveness with SA. It was evident through several infrastructural developments in construction that the Chinese did indeed have a strong foothold in this region. However, there is still space for SA Manufacturers to enter the market.

The economy is growing and this was evident through observation of the growing working class who were all in the 20 to 30-year-old age category. Italy as well as Germany are well invested in developing the leather industry in this region resulting in support for partnerships in footwear, open for discussion.

Nerisha Jairaj with the Minister of Industry in Ethiopia

SAFLEC members take KZN Exporter of the year awards again

SAFLEC congratulates winners and runners up as we move forward in recognising the efforts of our manufacturers at the recent KZN Exporter of the year awards, hosted by the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

BBF Safety

Winners of Emerging Exporter Award.
Runner up Africa Category.
Runner up Manufacturing Category.

Futura Footwear (Bata SA)

Winners of Exporter of the year Medium category.

Saddler Belts

Runner up for Exporter of the year Medium category.

The competing companies where footwear and belts appeared as runners up where the likes of SAPPI and Sumitomo Tyres.

Productivity Awards

Through SAFLEC efforts and negotiations, 4 emerging footwear manufacturers will be part of the first batch of manufacturers that undergo Export productivity training in partnership with the Department of Economic Affairs and Tourism, Productivity SA and TIKZN.

These include:

African Leather Footwear.
Planet Events.
Angel Footwear.
Saddler Belts.

SAFLEC is grateful to Productivity SA’s Amelia Naidoo for the inclusion and partnership, who also confirm that Dick Whittington Shoes was accepted in the Medium to Large Category.