23 of 2016


Newsletter No. 23   08 July 2016

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David Fisher and Robert Ritson recently attended the JIAM Show in Osaka Japan.

Berzacks are the Tajima agents in Southern Africa. Tajima is the leading embroidery machine worldwide and have recently released the latest embroidery machine.

These machines are the only embroidery machines that have a digital controlled presser for adjusting presser foot height to the thickness of the fabric that is being embroidered.

David says he was privileged to be invited with some of his clients and other agents from around the world to Visit the Tajima factory in Nagoya Japan.


Luminance is a South African luxury multi-brand store which offers a world class shopping experience with an African appeal. The store houses both local and international designers and brands that are globally recognized, as well as the in-house St Lumi collection. St Lumi features apparel, shoes and bags made from the finest skins and leather.

The late great Muhammad Ali said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” Feeling blessed to be celebrating Luminance’s third birthday, chairman Judy Dlamini has announced the launch of a brand-new grant that will give one youngster from an underprivileged background a foot into the luxury fashion retail industry.

The R170 000 Luminance Social Responsibility Grant was inspired by designer Gert-Johan Coetzee’s bursary program of seven years standing, and will sponsor one extra student at Coetzee’s alma mater, The North West School of Design. NWSD is an international fashion college approved by City & Guilds of London. The three-year Fashion Communication & Buying course leads to the highest international fashion qualification available in South Africa, and will equip the chosen student with skills to work in the business end of the global fashion industry. The student will also be mentored by the Luminance team and have the opportunity to intern at the stores and learn about the business of fashion firsthand.

“As one of the local designers featured in Luminance, Gert-Johan has inspired us with his social involvement, and the way he uses his fashion platform to make a difference in the lives of others,” says Dlamini. “Luminance, through the family foundation that my husband and I founded, has always invested in the education of our youth, focusing on medicine, accounting, actuarial science, engineering and computer science. It is our first venture into supporting students in business within creative arts.” So rather than pure fashion design, Dlamini earmarked NWSD’s Fashion Communication & Buying course, which teaches the business end of fashion – from fashion journalism, marketing and trend forecasting, to buying, event management and online retail aspects.


“The student we select will benefit through an internship program within the Luminance family. We are looking for someone who is driven to succeed in fashion and business and willing to learn…

A good academic record is important to us since it shows discipline, determination and hard work.”

The Luminance Social Responsibility Grant will cover all books Update in logistics from NWSD: and tuition for three years and will include a laptop and a sewing machine from Bernina worth R10 000.

The closing date for entries is 15 August. For details on how to enter, go to www.nwsd.co.za.

Hawks close factory making counterfeit clothes

The Hawks’ counterfeit team has closed down a factory making counterfeit clothing in the Durban CBD.

Hawks spokesman Capt Simphiwe Mhlongo said the team had received a complaint from a Nike brand holder about street vendors who were selling the brand on the street.

“Hawks members pursued the information that led them to a certain building in the Durban CBD. A search warrant was obtained and an operation was conducted last week Tuesday‚” Mhlongo said‚ adding that the Nike brand protection manager was at the scene to identify the brand.

Counterfeit clothing, with Nike‚ Puma‚ Vans‚ Levis‚ Adidas and Roxy branding and valued at about R900‚000, was seized.

Members of the Hawks team also seized sewing machines and other equipment used to manufacture counterfeit goods.

“The owner of the factory is still at large and no arrest has been made at this stage‚” Mhlongo said.

TMG Digital

SACTWU Matric Winter Schools to commence on Monday


The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) will commence a series of Matric Winter Schools on Monday. These schools are part of the union’s social responsibility programme, and aims to assist working class matriculant children with extra lessons in some of the more difficult subjects, to help them prepare for successful matric year-end exams.

Our Winter Schools have been run nationally every year since its launch in the year 2000, except in 2007 when a national wage strike took place by educators in our country. It typically lasts between 5 and 9 days.

This year, the SACTWU Matric Winter Schools will take place in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Ladysmith, Newcastle and Durban. A total of 1054 matriculants are expected to attend, 81 more than the 973 who attended our winter schools last year.

Our Winter schools are fully funded by SACTWU and all its logistical set up is internally arranged and self-managed by current SACTWU staff and shop stewards. The union has  budgeted R1.7 million for this year’s program.

We cover the fees for educators, daily meal- and transport allowances for learners, and all the costs associated with learning materials and stationary.
Training is in the form of tutoring opposed to classroom styled teaching.

Each participant is also issued with a long sleeve locally manufactured winter t-shirt, specifically custom designed as memorabilia for our Winter School participants.

We work in close collaboration with local schools and qualified local educators who are specialists in their subject areas and who have experience as external matric level examiners.

Subjects to be covered this year includes English, mathematics, maths literacy, physics, life sciences and accounting. In addition, participants receive career guidance counselling.

The media is invited to cover the Winter Schools, and details of venues can be received from Hazel Jacobs (contact details below).

Issued by Andre Kriel SACTWU General Secretary

If further information is required, kindly contact SACTWU Head Office Project Officer, Hazel Jacobs, on office number 021 4474570 or cell number 0815246181


Did you Know…….

The italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani (*1932) quickly became known for his amazing red dresses, all in a bright shade of red, which became known in the fashion industry as “Valentino red”.

Shoe designer of note, Christian Louboutin (*1963), who is famous for his red-soled footwear, released a limited edition range of heels with a baby blue sole so that brides wearing his shoes on their wedding day would have their “something blue”.

In the fashion world today, a lot of emphasis is placed on designers’ labels, but the first logo which appeared on garments was the crocodile associated with the preppy sports brand of tennis star, Lacoste. What a great fashion fact and what a cool logo!


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