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Clothing & Textiles News

Consumer commission issues 88 notices against noncompliant clothing imports

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2021 The National Consumer Commission (NCC), in collaboration with the South African Revenue Service (Sars) Customs Special Operations, issued 88 compliance notices between July 2020 and March 31, this year, for imported goods that did not meet the labelling requirements under the Consumer Protection... 

Firms pledge R18m to help boost manufacturing in South Africa, rest of the continent

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 The advancement of manufacturing in South Africa and on the rest of the continent has received a boost from four South African manufacturers. JSE-listed groups Illovo Africa, Metair and The Foschini Group (TFG), as well as local vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), have pledged... 

Company brings evolution to PPE

21st May 2021 As South Africa’s premier supplier of personal protective equipment (PPE), G.Fox continuously strives to break new ground and offer the very best “fit for purpose” products to their customers. This ethos is embodied in their new brand of EVOLUTION and CUTGUARD gloves and EVOLUTION masks amongst... 

Company brings evolution to PPE
TOUGH AND RUGGED Designed and tested for safety, comfort and endurance, these gloves provide maximum hand protection and durability in the most rugged and physically challenging work conditions

Patel says vision for R200bn in additional localisation has top-level corporate backing 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel announced that an “accord” had been reached at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to drive progressive localisation of up to R200-billion of additional production over a five-year period. Delivering his virtual... 

Patel says vision for R200bn in additional localisation has top-level corporate backing
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Transformation of SEZs into truly special zones key to their success – CDE  

By: Donna Slater     11th May 2021 In a new report, the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) is calling on government to change or adapt special economic zones (SEZs) into areas that are “actually and truly special”, offering a modified labour market regime to attract companies and investment. CDE executive director Ann... 

Transformation of SEZs into truly special zones key to their success – CDE
CDE executive director Ann Bernstein outlines the organisation's vision to transform special economic zones into those that are truly “special”

TWIMS receives R18m for the advancement of manufacturing in SA, rest of Africa 

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2021 The advancement of manufacturing in South Africa and on the rest of the continent has received a boost from four South African manufacturers. JSE-listed groups Illovo Africa, Metair and The Foschini Group (TFG), as well as local vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), have pledged... 

TWIMS receives R18m for the advancement of manufacturing in SA, rest of Africa
The TWIMS campus

Footwear industry commits to skills transfer, rebuilding capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd April 2021 Stakeholders in the footwear and leather sector have committed themselves to transferring skills and rebuilding capacity. The commitment emanated from two site visits by the Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina at Planets Events Shoes and Neptun Boot, in KwaZulu-Natal,... 

Manufacturing firm benefits from DTIC's designation of laptop bags

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2021 Tongaat-based manufacturing firm Protea Leather Natal has grown, diversified and become more efficient since its first application to the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s (DTIC’s) Production Incentive Programme (PIP) grants in 2011. The company recently won the National Student... 

Manufacturing firm benefits from DTIC's designation of laptop bags
dtic funded machines

SIU recovers R127m worth of dodgy PPE payments so far  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2021 The Special Investigating Unit's (SIU's) work has resulted in the recovery of R127-million of funds, which had been paid irregularly by the State to service providers of personal protective equipment (PPE) and related services. This was revealed on February 5 as SIU head Advocate Andy Mothibi... 

SIU recovers R127m worth of dodgy PPE payments so far
SIU head Advocate Andy Mothibi discusses the unit's progress on uncovering Covid-19 PPE corruption

Sappi Verve, Birla collaborate on forest-to-garment traceability solution

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd November 2020 Sappi Dissolving Pulp has partnered with viscose manufacturer Birla Cellulose to provide a forest-to-garment traceability solution for brand owners. Through this collaborative partnership, its dissolving pulp brand, Sappi Verve, continues to strengthen its sustainability credentials within the... 

Fund managers start ball rolling on large-scale kelp farm off Namibian coast

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd November 2020 Fund management firm Climate Fund Managers’ Climate Investor Two Fund has partnered with Namibia Infrastructure Development and Investment Fund (Nidif), managed by Namibian private equity fund manager Eos Capital, and Kelp Blue for the commercial development of the world’s first large-scale kelp... 

Fund managers start ball rolling on large-scale kelp farm off Namibian coast
Kelp Blue kelp farm

New safety shoe and boot brands faring well

23rd October 2020 Although the Covid-19 pandemic and its subsequent restrictions on trade and events have set back personal protective equipment (PPE) specialist Sisi Safety Wear’s Basi boot – which features a metaguard – the company says its other newer ranges have fared well so far this year. The Basi boot will... 

New safety shoe and boot brands faring well
COOL TO BOOT The boot specially designed to fit the female foot is both functional and pretty

Gloves on offer locally

By: Halima Frost     23rd October 2020 Wholesale personal protective equipment (PPE) and industrial consumables supplier G.Fox has added the patented nitrile Grippaz gloves to its PPE portfolio in the second quarter of this year. The specially formulated gloves combine household gloves and disposable exam glove technology, which makes... 

Gloves on offer locally
GAINLY GRIP The Grippaz glove offers better 'grip-ability' as well as more comfort for the user

Kingsgate Clothing adds localised isolation gown to PPE line-up

By: Irma Venter     25th September 2020 The Kingsgate Clothing Group has expanded its personal protective equipment (PPE) production line-up to include isolation gowns, used by hospital personnel. The group already produces cloth masks for the commercial and corporate market. 

Govt wants to accelerate localisation plan for textiles, footwear

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2020 Stakeholders in the clothing, textile, footwear and leather (CTFL) industry have committed to working more closely together to identify opportunities to deepen localisation and bolster production in the sector.   This was a key outcome of a meeting of the executive oversight committee (EOC)... 

Lesotho aims to ‘go big’ on agriculture amid Agoa textiles uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2020 Lesotho Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro reports that the country aims to overhaul its underperforming agricultural sector with the objective of improving both food security and attracting export-oriented investment into the production of high-value crops, such as fruit, vegetables and... 

Lesotho aims to ‘go big’ on agriculture amid Agoa textiles uncertainty
Lesotho Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro

HomeChoice reports solid interim performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st August 2020 Home-shopping retailer HomeChoice says its results for the six months ended June 30 are a reflection of the impact of the Covid-19 lockdowns, as well as pleasing outcomes from its decisive response to the pandemic. It notes that it consciously cut back loan disbursements by R400-million to... 

Kingsgate Clothing adds localised isolation gown to PPE line-up 

By: Irma Venter     6th August 2020 The Kingsgate Clothing Group has expanded its personal protective equipment (PPE) production line-up to include isolation gowns, used by hospital personnel. The group already produces cloth masks for the commercial and corporate market. 

Kingsgate Clothing adds localised isolation gown to PPE line-up
The localised isolation gown

PPE scandal highlights need to modernise public procurement – National Treasury  

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2020 The National Treasury has halted the emergency procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) and reverted to open procurement processes amid a normalisation of supply and growing allegations of corruption, which Finance Minister Tito Mboweni acknowledged on Wednesday had led to a breakdown... 

PPE scandal highlights need to modernise public procurement – National Treasury
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Hempcrete advantageous for construction

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     31st July 2020 Hempcrete provides several advantages when used for the construction of a building, says Cape Town-based architecture firm Wolf and Wolf Architecture founder and principal Wolf Wolf. Hempcrete is a fully biodegradable material that comprises hemp hurds – the woody core removed during processing... 

Hempcrete advantageous for construction
Photo by Wolf
SUPERIOR BENEFITS Hemp boasts several characteristics that make it superior from an ecological and economic perspective

Locally manufactured PPE ensures peace of mind

17th July 2020 Durban-based packaging and materials handling designer and manufacturer Conceptainer has responded to government’s call for assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic and now supplies a full range of personal protection equipment (PPE) to enhance safety in the workplace. 

Locally manufactured PPE ensures peace of mind
COVERED UP Disposable coveralls provide the same degree of protection as standard washable coveralls without the need to decontaminate them after use

SABS reports heightened need for face mask standards

By: Donna Slater     26th June 2020 National standards body, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), reports that the need for national standards has been highlighted during the outbreak of Covid-19 as the disruption of global supply chains has impacted the acquisition of personal protective equipment (PPE), related medical... 

Manufacturer receives increased interest in face mask concept

By: Darren Parker     29th May 2020 Mine ventilation equipment and working-face consumables manufacturer Terramin has seen increased demand for its full-head precautionary respiratory protection solution named the Koplap as demand for face masks has increased on the back of the Covid-19 pandemic, Terramin CEO Martin van Schoor... 

Manufacturer receives increased interest in face mask concept
AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION The Koplap comes in several iterations with the some versions including mesh eye pieces and a non-return valve over the mouth

3D printing combats mask shortage during Covid-19

22nd May 2020 Drive and automation technology leader SEW-Eurodrive has joined a national campaign to use three-dimensional (3D) printing technology to produce much needed face masks and shields for healthcare workers and first responders. 

3D printing combats mask shortage  during Covid-19
COVERED UP SEW-Eurodrive has joined a national campaign to use three-dimensional (3D) printing technology to produce much needed face masks and shields

US donates 730 000 masks for South Africa's health department

By: Donna Slater     15th May 2020 The US government, through the US Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Biological Threat Reduction Programme (BTRP), has procured and started distributing 729 000 protective masks to South Africa’s Department of Health (DoH) to help curb the spread of Covid-19. The masks,... 

US donates 730 000 masks for South Africa's health department

Clothing industry reaches 14m fabric masks capacity a week

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2020 The National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry had, at the close of business on May 4, accredited 388 manufacturers with a total fabric face mask manufacturing capacity of 13.9-million masks a week, says the council’s national chairperson, Marthie Raphael. The bargaining... 

Proudly SA extends Covid-19 portal to include sanitisers, detergents and disinfectants

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th May 2020 Following the success of its online portal dedicated to matching supply and demand of locally manufactured fabric face masks, national campaign Proudly SA has extended the portal to include local producers of hand sanitiser, surface disinfectants and detergents. As South Africans gradually return... 

Long4Life delivers 'credible' full-year performance, cuts costs as Covid-19 impact starts to bite

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2020 JSE-listed lifestyle investment company Long4Life says it has delivered a credible performance in the financial year ended February 29, with trading profit up 15% year-on-year to R520-million. Headline earnings a share increased by 12% year-on-year to 43.4c.  

Samed urges vigilance in acquiring quality PPE

By: Donna Slater     11th May 2020 The outbreak of Covid-19 in South Africa and the consequent rapid requirement for bulk personal protective equipment (PPE) supply, has led to an influx of PPE products from many suppliers and distributors, thereby raising quality and functionality concerns by the healthcare industry and, in... 

G4S orders 25 000 cloth masks through Proudly SA portal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th May 2020 Security provider G4S this week  placed its first order of 25 000 locally produced cloth masks through the newly established Proudly SA cloth mask marketplace portal. This was done in support of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call to reserve all medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) for... 

Clothing industry reaches 14m fabric masks capacity a week

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2020 The National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry had, at the close of business on May 4, accredited 388 manufacturers with a total fabric face mask manufacturing capacity of 13.9-million masks a week, says the council’s national chairperson Marthie Raphael. The bargaining... 

Clothing industry reaches 14m fabric masks capacity a week

Local cloth mask copper drop-in filter launched to combat Covid-19

By: Donna Slater     5th May 2020 Local face mask manufacturer Aeris Mask has launched a new patent pending mask design for existing cloth masks, which feature a filter insert incorporating porous copper materials that it says provide antiviral properties. Aeris is a subsidiary of Somerset West-based energy research and... 

Locally made face-mask marketplace goes live  

By: Irma Venter     24th April 2020 A dedicated face mask marketplace went live on the Proudly South African website on Friday, April 24. The initiative is designed to assist South African individuals and companies to source locally made fabric face masks, and to enable the country’s clothing and textile sector to retain jobs.... 

Locally made face-mask marketplace goes live 

Sappi starts production of essential medical items, donates to Solidarity Fund

By: Donna Slater     20th April 2020 Pulp and paper producer Sappi Southern Africa has made available several donations of scarce items such as hand sanitiser, face masks, nutritional porridge and paper products, to reduce pressure on the national government’s resources, as well as to support the most vulnerable during the Covid-19... 

Sappi starts production of essential medical items, donates to Solidarity Fund

Online portal to boost access to essential medical Covid-19 supplies

By: Donna Slater     17th April 2020 As part of the Business South Africa (BSA) initiative, and with technical assistance from Tencent South Africa, the South African Medical Technology Industry Association (Samed) has created a live online portal for its member companies to upload details of the Covid-19 supplies and equipment they... 

Kingsgate starts mask production 

By: Irma Venter     17th April 2020 The Kingsgate Clothing Group has started production of cloth masks for everyday use. Kingsgate Clothing Group executive Ahmed Dhai says government released specifications for masks for the general population just before Easter. 

Kingsgate starts mask production

Business, govt work together to secure PPE supply for healthcare workers

By: Simone Liedtke     8th April 2020 The Motsepe Foundation and associated organisations, Business for South Africa and the Solidarity Fund, have secured critical stock of 200 000 three-ply marks, 100 000 KN95 masks and sterile gloves and surgical masks for use by frontline doctors, nurses and healthcare workers. The stock is... 

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