31 of 2016

Newsletter No.31      02 September 2016

ATF Trade Exhibition will feature over 150 exhibitors from more than 10 countries this year

The 19th International Apparel, Textile, Footwear Import Trade Exhibition will take place from 8 – 10 November at the CTICC in Cape Town and offers a platform for international manufacturers, local importers and buyers to meet and discuss serious business. The event provides a one-stop-shop for sourcing executives to view an extensive range of products and services from around the world. Exhibitors will be able to meet with buyers from chain stores, independent retailers, mini chains, boutiques, production managers and other key industry decision makers.

Newcomer to the show this year on the footwear side is Calcados Beira Rio from Brazil who will be exhibiting their fabulous renowned brands including Beira Rio – fashionable, quality footwear for women (www.beirarioconforto.com.br), Moleca – versatile and comfortable ballerinas, sneakers, sandals and shoes for ladies (www.moleca.com.br). Vizzano – stylish women’s fashion footwear (www.vizzano.com.br), Molekinha – charming kiddies shoes (www.molekinha.com.br), Modare – a brand with focus on comfort and well-being for women in their day to day work (www.modare.com). Calcados Beira Rio has received many prestige awards including Prêmio Exportação in 2015. Contact Jonathan Fontoura, Email:jonathan_fontoura@beirario.com.br should you wish to meet with them on their stand at ATF.

Other exhibitors to mention a few …

·       Taiwan Textile Federation will once again be exhibiting and they will be representing some of Taiwan’s top textile manufacturers on their stand.

·       ITKIB, Turkey’s most important Trade Organisation for the Textile and Apparel Industries, will be there to represent some of their important exporters.

·       This year there will also be a India Pavilion (under the auspices of FICCI) with over 20 clothing, textile and footwear manufacturers.

·       CCPIT TEX will be hosting China Premium Tex within ATF featuring more than 80 quality manufacturers from China. A first for the show!

·       Buyers will also be able to meet with manufacturers from Turkey, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Portugal, etc as well as local importers from South Africa.

To EXHIBIT or VISIT register online at www.atfexpo.co.za. For more information, contact +27 21 790 5849 or Email: atfexpo@worldonline.co.za

Edcon Executive Changes

Bernie Brookes

As Edcon advances discussions and negotiations toward the resolution of its overall debt position and the long-term sustainability of the company, it has today announced changes to its executive and senior management.

Edcon CEO Bernie Brookes commented, “As we move toward the final step in terms of the resolution of our indebtedness, which will dramatically change our capital structure, a new executive and management team has been positioned to continue the task of a meaningful turnaround of the business. This is a multi-year project requiring committed, motivated and a long-term contracted senior team. I am confident that this team has the necessary local and international experience to steer Edcon into its next phase of growth and allow us all, once again, to focus on our core business of retail”.

The new appointees and changes to the Executive Management Group (EMG) are:

• Andrew Levermore, the former Chief Operating Officer of the Edgars Division has been promoted to Chief Executive of Edgars (Bernie Brookes was previously acting in the Edgars Chief Executive role);

• Urin Ferndale, who has spent nearly 16 years at Edcon in various senior management roles and has a wealth of retail experience, has been appointed Chief Executive of the Jet Division following the decision by Andy Williams to return to England for family reasons;

• Andy Jury, who has significant retail and financial experience and was previously Edcon’s Head of Strategy, has been promoted to Chief Executive of the Specialty Stores Division following a decision by Garth Napier, who had indicated that he would move once the Group advanced the change in its debt position, has decided to pursue other interests outside the Group;

• Andrew Thorndike will continue in his role, but will take on the additional responsibility of the management of the property portfolio and Operations Support;

• Anthony Coelho who has been in the interim role of heading up the IT portfolio, has now been confirmed in this role with the additional portfolios of Omni channel and customer data management;

• Melanie Naidu continues to head up Human Resources, Transformation and Corporate Affairs;

• Charles Vikisi has been appointed into the Executive Management team and will continue in his role as Chief Legal Counsel;

• Jason Jackson has been appointed into the Executive Management team and will be heading up the strategy portfolio; and

• Marianne Jones has been appointed into the Executive Management team and will be responsible for the customer role, including responsibility for the loyalty programme.

Bernie Brookes added, “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate the new appointees to the EMG and I wish them well on this next phase of their respective MEDIA RELEASE 2 careers. This is the executive management team that has largely been driving the significant change that is underway at Edcon. In addition to advancing the process of correcting the capital structure, we have already eliminated numerous complexities in the business and total costs are being well managed. We have intensified our focus on customer needs and our realigned plan is designed to drive meaningful customer change in the near-term and create long-term value. I want to thank Andy Williams and Garth Napier for their significant contributions, guidance and input over the last years. It has been a pleasure working with both of them”.

SACTWU settle its 2016 Clothing Industry wage negotiations

The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has settled its 2016 wage negotiations for the domestic clothing manufacturing industry.

Negotiations commenced in April this year, and a settlement was reached under the auspices of the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry (NBC). The agreement was signed at a Council meeting of the NBC last Thursday.

It is a two year agreement.

For the first year, a package increase of 8.5% will become effective, on 1st September this year. Of this, 8% will be allocated to increase the industry minimum wage and 0.5% will be used to improve the employer provident fund contributions.

The increase is above inflation. Stats SA has just recently announced that the latest available inflation rate for July 2016 is 6%.

For the second year, an increase of CPI plus 1% will become effective on 1st September 2016. This is provided that in the event of CPI plus 1% resulting in the total labour cost increase being less than the rand value increase for 2016, the adjustment for next year will be the rand equivalent of the 2016 total labour cost increase. Should CPI plus 1% in 2017 exceed this, the parties shall renegotiate the total labour cost quantum.

The agreement also provides for improvements in shop stewards’ paid time off, improved sick leave provisions for workers, and a commitment to host an Industry Summit to evaluate the state of the industry and discuss what more should be done to further stabilise and grow it.

In a novel first for the industry, the agreement introduces a provision which imposes “joint and several liability” regarding sub-contracting to non-compliant companies. This is to further help stamp out non-compliance with the agree industry terms and conditions of employment.

The agreement also calls for a review of the industry grading system, to accommodate new forms of work and work organisation which has arisen as a result of technology changes in the industry.

Approximately 80 000 clothing workers nationally are expected to benefit from this agreement. We dedicate this agreement to honouring women during this Women’s month.

The agreement will be submit to the Minister of Labour, to request her to gazette it and extend it to the whole industry.

Issued by Andre Kriel SACTWU General Secretary

If further information is required, kindly contact SACTWU’s Deputy General Secretary, Chris Gina, on office land-line number 031 3011351 or cell number  082 940 9456.

Did you know…..

Facts About Clothes Rationing In Britain During The Second World War

People still went shopping for new clothes​

A model shows off her black woollen Utility dress, costing 11 coupons.

The introduction of rationing did not make clothes cheaper. Money was still needed to buy clothing, and they were often expensive with prices rising during the war. Every type of clothing item had the same points value regardless of quality. Wealthier shoppers could afford to buy robust clothes which would last. The less well-off had to use the same number of coupons for a cheaper garment of the same type that might wear out in half the time. Similarly, although the Make Do and Mend campaign suggested ways to repair and recycle old clothes, cheaper clothes inevitably wore out more quickly than more expensive and better quality clothing. The government introduced the Utility clothing scheme in 1942. It aimed to deal with this problem by offering consumers a range of well-designed quality and price-controlled clothes affordable for all. The Utility scheme also developed out of a need to standardise production of materials and make factories more efficient to free up more resources for the war effort. Strictly-specified Utility fabrics, and clothes made from these materials, gave the public a guarantee of quality and value for their money and coupons.

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