The Southern African Footwear & Leather Industries Association

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Membership Benefits

• National Economic, Development & Labour Council (NEDLAC)
• South African Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SACCI)
• Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)
• National Bargaining Council for the Leather Industry (NBCLI)
• Fibre, Processing & Manufacturing Seta (FP&M SETA)

Government & Industry Initiatives

• Customised Sector Programme (CSP)
• Customs & International Trade matters
• Watchdog on Legislation that affects the Industry

General Information


This website has been designed into two broad areas, namely; information for those who do not know about SAFLIA or the footwear industry and a section for the exclusive use of members, which mainly comprises detailed statistics on Production, Employment, CPI, PPI, Imports and Exports.

In order to access the exclusive Member information it is necessary to register first with the SAFLIA office. (Click here).

Alternatively, non-members are able to purchase any of the 3 SAFLIA Publications (Digest, Footstats and Annual Report) from the SAFLIA Office.

SAFLIA’s roots date back to 1944 when the Footwear Manufacturers Federation (FMF) was formed. In 1997 the FMF changed its title to SAFLIA in order to encompass leather sector suppliers.SAFLIA is formally registered with the Department of Labour as a national employer organisation. SAFLIA is party to the National Bargaining Council of the Leather Industry (NBCLI). SAFLIA is also a trade association looking after the interests of its members and the industry on the whole at both micro and macro levels on international trade in dialogue with government and private sector organisations. SAFLIA is a non-profit organisation committed to the promotion and survival and growth of the footwear and leather sector in Southern Africa. It lives up to its motto: Servire et Servare, to serve and to protect.

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