The South African Footwear and Leather Export Council was officially recognized and registered by the Department of Trade & Industry as a Section 21 Company (not for gain) in March 2002. Our offices are situated in Westville, Durban. At the head of SAFLEC is the Executive Director, Nerisha Jairaj. She is assisted by the Finance Administrator, Prenisha Dukhipersad together with Personal Assistant, Sarah Lissane Thambiran


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We facilitate the growth of exports of South African manufactured leather footwear, handbags, belts and other associated products thereby increasing the growth in the number of exporters. A number of emerging companies are being nurtured and supported by outsourcing components to them and exposing them to the international standards and requirements of exports. Through such growth, it is envisaged that the SME’s will grow in leaps and bounds. Our mission is to globalize South African Footwear, Hand Bags and Belts.

02. eThekwini Municipality

eThekwini and SAFLEC have joined forces to bring to the eThekwini regional manufacturers, eThekwini F&L Export Program aimed at empowering local manufacturers with targeted skills and competencies to enable manufacturing growth and export development.

To read more about this project and benefits included, click here.


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Chairperson and Vice Chairperson

Sanjay Pattundeen
Sanjay PattundeenChairperson

Born in 1963, Sanjay found Caprini Footwear in 1992. Caprini Footwear (Pty) Ltd is part of the Palm Group of Companies. Although the majority of products are consumed locally, the company is fast increasing export quantities.

Tavonga Gonyora
Tavonga GonyoraCo-Opt Chairman

Mr Gonyora is a senior fashion retail and manufacturer merchandise & marketing professional with several years management experience and a strong track record implementing robust and profitable retail merchandise strategic and tactical plans.

Experience is predominantly within the retail sector, working at a national level for a major retail group within Africa. He has complimentary exposure in the FMCG sector. Business capabilities include managing and coordinating retail operations, management and the continuous improvement of the merchandise supply chain processes to maximise operational performance and manage costs. Tavonga has branched into manufacturing where he heads up product development, domestic and regional sales and marketing across Africa.

Stuart Hopwood
Stuart HopwoodVice Chairman

Born in 1959, Stuart joined Bolton Footwear as Group Marketing Manager in 2015. Currently Stuart is the Chief Marketing Officer of the Bolton Group with specific responsibility for Group Marketing which includes the Brand marketing, Group marketing and Export Development.


Nerisha Jairaj
Nerisha JairajExecutive Director

Nerisha Jairaj comes with a BTech Honours in Business Administration and MBA Organisational Behaviour, Strategy and General (ongoing), 20 years of export, procurement and international trade experience.

In August 2014 Nerisha Jairaj joined SAFLEC as the New Executive Manager and was promoted to Executive Director in 2015. Nerisha Jairaj now heads SAFLEC under the guidance of the SAFLEC Board of Directors.


Andrew Fenwick
Andrew FenwickManaging Director of Saddler Belts

Born in 1972, Andrew is the Managing Director of Saddler Belts. Andrew initially studied Mechanical Engineering after which he completed an Advanced Business Programme part-time.

Andrew joined Saddler Belts & Leathercraft (Pty) Ltd (a company found by his father in 1990) in 2001 as delivery driver and worked himself up until he was eventually appoint General Manager and then Managing Director about 5 years ago.

Janine Govender
Janine GovenderSales and Marketing Manager at Nikkita Footwear

Born in 1976, Janine is currently the Sales and Marketing Manager at Nikkita Footwear. Janine joined Nikkita Footwear as an accountant in 2007. She thereafter worked her way to become the Administration Manager before being offered the position as Sales and Marketing Manager. Janine is very involved with exports and work very closely with the major retailers.

Rolland Eboru
Rolland EboruManaging Executive at Fred Footwear

Born in 1979, Rolland is the Managing Executive at Fred Footwear, a footwear manufacturer and apparel retailer situated in the Eastern Cape. Prior to this Rolland was Head of Products at ICICI International Banking Group – India’s largest private sector Bank. He was also a product specialist at STANLIB Asset Management.

Tven Heyer
Tven HeyerBoard Member, BBF Safety Group

Tven Heyer is a Marketing graduate with an extensive knowledge of brand & retail management, as well as business development, having spent 8 years at Reebok South Africa prior to joining the BBF Safety Group.

During his time at Reebok, he was also responsible for driving business beyond South Africa into some of the neighbouring SADC countries. Tven joined the BBF Safety Group in May 2015, setting-up a fully-fledged Exports Division, whilst further learning the complexities of exports, specifically into Africa.

Natashia Singh
Natashia SinghBoard Member, Palm Footwear

Natashia Singh born in August 1978. She Joined Palm Footwear as a receptionist in 2003. Since then she has worked her way to Sales/Marketing.
Natashia works with major retailers.

Shiraz Jeewa
Shiraz JeewaChief Creative Director, The World Focus Group

Shiraz Jeewa is the Chief Creative Director of The World Focus Group, whilst also playing an integral role in marketing.

He is a driven pacesetter and entrepreneur with some 18 years fast fashion experience and international trend expertise. Shiraz has the ability to come up with new ways of doing things, is extremely flexible and completely open to change.
With advanced thinking, reasoning skills and a keen sense of aesthetics, Shiraz brings to his work a significant trait; that of always being original. This is crucial to the task, as he continuously works to create differentiation. His business achievements to date are evidential of his belief that anything is possible, if you put your mind to it.

Helen Sampson
Helen SampsonShareholder & Executive, Reptile Trading (Pty) Ltd

As a Shareholder & Executive,  Helen Sampson represents Reptile Trading (Pty) Ltd in all avenues of design, sales and the marketing of their large range of exotic & plain leather handbags  accessories, belts & corporate products.

She joined the company in 2006 & since then Reptile Trading (Pty) Ltd has considerably increased their national & international trade in the leather market. Helen’s experience includes a Diploma in Marketing (C.A.T.E) & various additional courses in design, creative crafts & sales.


Prenisha Dukhipersad
Prenisha DukhipersadFinancial Administrator

Prenisha Dukhipersad joined the SAFLEC team on 8 February 2016 as the Personal Assistant. Prenisha is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate majoring in Marketing and Management.

Priya Ramklawan
Priya RamklawanProject Officer

Priya Ramklawan joined SAFLEC from 1 May 2019 as a Project Officer for the eThekwini Export Programme.  Priya is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate majoring in Accounting.

Sarah Lissanne Thambiran
Sarah Lissanne ThambiranPersonal Assistant

PA to Executive Director Nerisha Jairaj

Sarah started at SAFLEC on the 13 March 2019 ,comes from an administration in footwear background.