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Arsutoria in SA
It has been since 2014 the relationship between SAFLEC, Miss Nerisha and Arsutoria began said Stephano Migliavacca of Arsutoria at the opening of the 1 week training seminar in Durban and day seminar in Cape Town.  We travel the world and SAFLEC efforts has indeed got the world talking about South Africa. The dedication, and willingness of Miss Nerisha to assist SA Industry and prepare them for global buyers finally brought us here 3 years ago after much perseverance and going back and forth in us specially formulating this one week course for South Africa.  She even sent Mr Jay from the DTI to us for him to assess.  Nerisha Jairaj of SAFLEC shared the same sentiments when she explained how Stephano has assisted and mentored her about the global trends, collections and buyers, buying patterns and brand building around the world connecting her to the right people globally to build the SA image.  Understanding that we needed to be educated in advance on the trends and collections that needed to be presented to Global buyers (1 to 2 years in advance).

SAFLIA (main sponsor) EThekwini, FLIC, SAFLEC and Wesgro (in CPT) collaborated in this effort to bring this to Industry, supported by the honourable Dr Jaywant Irkhede from DTI who did the opening welcome with Anu Pather of EThekwini.  So much can be done when we all collaborate, said SAFLEC.  SAFLEC also negotiated a free scholarship for one of the learners to Arsutoria in Italy.  Flic sponsors the Airfare and accommodation.  A surprised and almost tearing Christopher Reddy, of Dick Whittington was awarded by experts, Mr Stefano Migliavacca – Arsutoria’s international manager. He represents Milan-based footwear and leather goods Academy Arsutoria by bringing trend forecasting straight from the fashion capital.

Georgia Roehe Turri, a Brazilian shoe designer who moved to Italy in 2000. An Arsutoria Alumna, studied accessories design at Marangoni and marketing and merchandising at SDA-Bocconi. She also founded her own brands Georgia Turri and Getu and in the 2011 she was chosen to be part with her collection of the Vogue Talents.  And finally, Maria Cristina Rosi, who has more than 3 decades of experience in Footwear and Leather Goods. She has been in charge of the Collection Line Development at Gianni Versace for more than 12 years, and worked with Valentino as well.  In 2011 she founded a company that creates, produces and distributes bags made with exotic materials. She teaches marketing and merchandising at Collection Design Programs and is a member of the Arsutoria Trend Research Team.
The closing day included issuing of Executive Director, by Jirka Vymetal of SAFLIA, Mpho Rantla, the DTI and our honoured Arsutoria trainers.

Almost 60 companies participate in this year’s workshops and seminars
SAFLEC/EThekwini Lean Capacity Building Seminar
EEP/SAFLEC Capacity building and supplier development seminars continued this month, in collaborations with Productivity SA.  The aim of these seminars, is to empower local industries to become export ready.  It has been a challenge identified as a shortfall from our side in the global arena and we are bringing these learnings home and implementing them, said Nerisha Jairaj. We have to grow exports and in order to that we need to empower.  We thank the companies that are participating.  A total of 26 companies have benefited from these efforts within the past two months.  As quoted by Irene Ganesh of Brit Footwear, “The sessions were extremely informative and efficiency methods have been implemented.  They are easy to follow up with limited challenges.  We enjoy the follow-up of the lecturers, as they have been handholding us through the identification, implementation and progress of internal improvement projects that stem from bottom up of the factory to improve our efficiencies for exports.“

Minawa from productivity SA, said that to
understanding of the importance of proactively advancing on the quest for improved effectiveness and efficiencies within a factory are some of the key factors involved in export growth. We observed that SME’s are not tracking operational performance measures that are aligned to the strategic objectives.“You cannot measure what you cannot understand” To manage effectively, you need to understand your process and you need to use performance measurements.  Understand value adding activities and differentiate from waste and non- value adds to maximize efficiencies.
News from our friends at Tralac

Nigeria: NEPC re-introduces AGOA visa stamp to exporters (The Guardian)

The Nigeria Export Promotion Council has re-introduced the African Growth and Opportunity Act visa stamp to non-oil exporters. This, according to the NEPC, was to ensure that exporters in the country participate and benefit more from the AGOA Act before it expires in 2025. Speaking at the NEPC workshop on AGOA Visa Stamp utilisation in Lagos, the NEPC Executive Director, Olusegun Awolowo, who was represented by the Deputy Director, National Office on Trade, Saave Nanakaan said AGOA is also meant to forge stronger commercial ties between Nigeria as well as other qualified African countries and the United States; while it helps to integrate these African countries into the global economy.

News from our friends at FDRA
More than 170 shoe companies and retailers — including Nike, Teva, Foot Locker, Johnston & Murphy, Rockport and Under Armour — warned in a letter to President Donald Trump of  "catastrophic" consequences if new proposed tariffs on some $300 billion in Chinese goods takes effect.
Tariffs are paid by domestic companies, which often pass the cost to consumers in the form of higher prices. Here's how much more your shoes could cost if Mr. Trump moves ahead and imposes new duties, according to estimates from the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America:
  • "Performance" running shoe: from $150 to $206.25
  • Basketball sneaker: $130 to $178.74  
  • "Skate" canvas sneaker: $49.99 to $65.57
  • Hunting boot: $190 to $248.56
  • Workboot: $140 to $165.45
  • Firefighter boot:  $350 to $430.65
The tariff increase to 25% on footwear not already subject to Mr. Trump's existing tariffs could cost consumers $7 billion more a year, the FDRA estimates. Footwear companies already pay some of the highest duties, so the industry is close to united in its opposition.
It was with sadness that the team, board members, Government and industry gathered to bid farewell to Louise Pelser at a Farewell lunch held at Coastlands hotel on 13 May 2019.  Her contribution to SAFLEC and Industry was commended by both Sanjay Pattundeen, Chairman of SAFLEC and Dr Jaywant Irkhede, Director at the DTI.  Louise leaves us at the end of May as she moves into retirement and will be sorely missed, by all.  We bid her farewell, good-luck and all of gods richest blessing for her future.
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