South African Clothing and Footwear Companies to Showcase their Products at Source Africa Exhibition in Cape Town

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will host South African clothing, textiles, leather and footwear companies at the Source Africa exhibition scheduled to take place in Cape Town, Western Cape from 12-14 June 2019. The companies will showcase their proudly South African made products and also participate in a series of workshops and fashion shows. Source Africa is the premier sourcing event on the African continent which brings together suppliers, manufacturers, service providers and buyers all under one roof. The exhibition also showcases products and services across all…

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SA designer Palesa Mokubung becomes first African to go global in H&M deal

JOHANNESBURG- Swedish multinational clothing retailer H&M on Tuesday announced its first African collaboration with South African designer Palesa Mokubung’s Mantsho label. Mantsho will be available in all South African stores, exclusive flagship stores in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico, Chile and Israel, as well as all H&M online markets from 15 August. Mantsho is known for its vibrant fabrics, bold and edgy designs with distinct silhouettes and structures. H&M assortment manager for collaborations and special collections Pernilla Wohlfahrt said Makubonga was an…

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Footwear manufacturer set to take big step

DURBAN – A Chatsworth-based manufacturer of ladies’ footwear is setting its sights on the export market.Allimor Footwear, which manufactures ladies footwear for the mass market, has survived tough economic conditions to stay in business. The small family business was started in 1991 by Morris Marimuthoo, a former boilermaker who turned into a professional dressmaker and an astute businessman. Initially, the small factory produced approximately 1 000 pairs of shoes a day. With the growth of the business over the past 28 years, the factory now manufactures more than 6 000…

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DTI to launch R81m black-owned industrialist textile firm in KZN

A statement issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said that African Bespoke Apparel (ABA) operates within the textile, clothing and footwear sector and had created about 450 job opportunities within the first four months of operation. ABA was approved a funding grant of R35.5 million by DTI’s Black Industrial Scheme (BIS). The project is co-funded by the KwaZulu-Natal government’s growth fund.   “The BIS supported Africa Bespoke Apparel to acquire the new equipment which aimed at simplifying and improving the production process with increased flexibility and safety,…

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Government to unveil clothing, textile master plan

Government will soon announce a master plan aimed at growing the clothing, textile, footwear and leather retail value chain. “Our department has developed a master plan to grow the clothing, textile, footwear and leather retail value-chain. The plan, which is aimed at creating 60 000 jobs in the sector and enhance competition, will soon be announced,” said Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe on Tuesday. The Deputy Minister was speaking at the opening of Africa Bespoke Apparel (ABA) factory in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal. The firm is a beneficiary of the…

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SA companies explore opportunities in Tunisia, Algeria

A delegation of South African companies is currently on a trade and investment mission in Tunisia and Algeria, where they are exploring export markets. The trade and investment mission, which is led by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), will serve to promote South African products and service offerings, while creating partnerships between the business communities of the respective countries. The trade mission, which got underway on Sunday, will conclude on Thursday. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said the mission is aimed at advancing Tunisia, Algeria and…

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TFG invests R75m into Caledon factory

Prestige Clothing factory in Caledon, following its R75 million investment

TFG officially opened its newly expanded and revamped Prestige Clothing factory in Caledon, following its R75 million investment into construction of a new building and the refurbishment of the existing factory, including the re-tooling of the entire new facility. In addition, the establishment of a training school has ensured that more than 300 previously unemployed women have acquired the skills and a national qualification from the Department of Higher Education in apparel manufacturing. This has seen employee numbers grow from eight in 2008 to 315 currently. The company’s local supply…

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