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The South African Footwear and Leather Export Council (SAFLEC) is the official voice for exporters of footwear (shoes) manufacturers and allied activities in South Africa.

We are officially appointed by the Government of South Africa to promote, facilitate and network South Africa’s footwear and allied industries to international markets.

SAFLEC represents approximately 138 companies spread across the country.   The main shoe production occurs in Gauteng (Johannesburg), Kwa-Zulu Natal (Durban and Pietermaritzburg), Eastern Cape (Port Elizabeth), South Western Cape (Great Brak River, George and Oudtshoorn) and Western Cape (Cape Town, Somerset West, Wellington, and Tulbagh).

The annual production of footwear (shoes) currently totals +/- 50 million pairs with major export markets into neighbouring Africa and other exports to USA, UK and Australia as well. Our advanced paediatric-designed school shoes are being successfully exported to the United Kingdom.

  • Members

    Suppliers & manufacturers in the industry
    Members

    SAFLEC represents and promotes both suppliers and manufacturers to a total of 138 member companies in the footwear industry. The industry is spread over the major centres in South Africa.

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  • Statistics

    Trade statistics & production statistics
    Statistics

    Currently South Africa exports footwear to various regions in the world, which include Africa, UK, Netherlands, France, USA and Australia. Africa is the major destination region accounting for more than 70% of total exports.

    Read more..
  • Trade Shows

    Promoting the South African footwear industry
    Trade Shows

    SAFLEC participates in selected trade shows with the view to promoting the products of South African footwear industry. The intention is to expand this activity to include allied industries in neighbouring countries of Africa.

    Read more..
  • Manufacturers

    Various international as well as local brands
    Manufacturers

    The footwear industry in South Africa manufactures a wide range of products including safety and protective footwear, men and women's formal and casual footwear, school shoes and many more..

    Read more..
  • Suppliers

    Components for the footwear industry
    Suppliers

    Various suppliers also manufacture components for the industry such as soles and heels, lining and sock, manufacturing equipment such as plastic lasts, clicking and closing machinery, consumables and the like.

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  • Members

    Suppliers & manufacturers in the industry
    Members

    SAFLEC represents and promotes both suppliers and manufacturers to a total of 138 member companies in the footwear industry. The industry is spread over the major centres in South Africa.

    Read more..
  • Statistics

    Trade statistics & production statistics
    Statistics

    Currently South Africa exports footwear to various regions in the world, which include Africa, UK, Netherlands, France, USA and Australia. Africa is the major destination region accounting for more than 70% of total exports.

    Read more..
  • Trade Shows

    Promoting the South African footwear industry
    Trade Shows

    SAFLEC participates in selected trade shows with the view to promoting the products of South African footwear industry. The intention is to expand this activity to include allied industries in neighbouring countries of Africa.

    Read more..
  • Manufacturers

    Various international as well as local brands
    Manufacturers

    The footwear industry in South Africa manufactures a wide range of products including safety and protective footwear, men and women's formal and casual footwear, school shoes and many more..

    Read more..