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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