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Clothing & Textiles News

Clothing, textile industry in project to produce face masks locally 

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2020 A project is underway to produce a homegrown mask for use by all South Africans, close to the standard of the FFP2 and N95 facemasks. FF2 and N95 masks are medical standard masks, often provided to hospital staff working on the frontline of infection control. They offer between 94% and 95%... 

Clothing industry reaches agreement to safeguard industry, workers

By: Donna Slater     24th March 2020 South Africa's first Covid-19 lockdown national collective agreement for the clothing and textiles industry was expedited and ratified by the end of March 23. The agreement was formulated by the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry in South Africa.  

DTI effects regulations for healthcare sector, retailers in light of Covid-19

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2020 Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel, after consultation with the Competition Commission, and in terms of the Competition Act, has published regulations for Covid-19 exemption for the healthcare sector. The regulations will come into effect on the date of publication in the Government Gazette. 

K-Way designs down suits for all-female SA Everest team

By: Tracy Hancock     20th March 2020 South African outdoor technical brand K-Way has designed and manufactured bespoke climbing suits that will enable a four-women team to withstand the arduous weather conditions and terrain of Everest, in the Himalayas. The South African women will attempt to summit the world’s highest mountain... 

K-Way designs down suits for  all-female SA Everest team

Adcock Ingram to acquire shoe, leather products manufacturer

By: Simone Liedtke     18th March 2020 In line with JSE-listed pharmaceuticals manufacturer Adcock Ingram’s strategy to pursue value-adding acquisitions, particularly in less-regulated areas of the market, the company has concluded a share purchase agreement to acquire 100% of shoe and leather products manufacturer Plush. The... 

South Africa losing R250m a day because of illicit trade – BLSA 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2020 Illicit trade is one of the biggest contributors to the strain that South Africa’s fiscus is currently experiencing, as the country is losing about R250-million a day in tax revenue as a direct result of illicit trade. Illicit trade is defined as the production, import, export, purchase, sale or... 

South Africa losing R250m a day because of illicit trade – BLSA
Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso speaks to Engineering News about the commissioned report surrounding illicit trade in South Africa. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Correct textiles selection key in meeting standards

6th December 2019 The selection of textiles for use in automotive design and manufacture that adhere to stringent quality, acoustic, safety and environmental requirements is critical, says textiles manufacturer Fibertex SA sales manager Rosa Naidoo. She adds that Fibertex SA – part of the global Fibertex group –... 

Correct textiles selection key in meeting standards
INNER BEAUTY Fibertex nonwovens are used in automotive components and for vehicle interiors

Industrial parks must focus on overcoming business constraints, says DTIC 

By: Simone Liedtke     29th November 2019 To drive industrialisation in South Africa and promote economic growth, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition industrial cluster development director Gavin Adams says an industrial park’s key objective must be a focus on overcoming the constraints of doing business within a constrained... 

Industrial parks must focus on overcoming business constraints, says DTIC
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Gavin Adams

Partnerships help pull domestic cotton industry out of doldrums

By: Donna Slater     29th November 2019 The South African cotton industry was in decline, having reached crisis point in about 2013. On the verge of collapse, a chain of events from three seemingly unassuming roleplayers set off a chain reaction that resulted in explosive growth and substantial redevelopment for the sector into an... 

Partnerships help pull domestic cotton industry out of doldrums

Company takes further steps in women’s safety

25th October 2019 The Sisi Cate and Nicole safety footwear, that customers have come to trust for its quality, durability and comfort, will now be available in a steel midsole variant, says local manufacturer Sisi Safety Wear senior brand manager Vanessa Ronald. The company is also unveiling Yvonne – Sisi Safety... 

Company takes further steps in women’s safety
NEW EDITION The company is unveiling Yvonne, Sisi safety wear’s first split-leather chukka boot, an economical solution targeted at contract workers and those on a budget

PPE company invests in manufacturing facility

25th October 2019 Personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Dromex Globale’s new manufacturing facility will assist the company ensure it always puts safety first, says Dromex marketing manager Lyndall Farrer. “We are committed to providing customers with only the best PPE and workwear, and this means we are... 

Women-specific PPE on the rise

25th October 2019 South Africa is seeing an increase in female workers in industrial environments as traditional gender specific roles are being broken down.  From a personal protective equipment (PPE) perspective, women are still pigeon-holed with the expectation that they should wear either male or unisex PPE,... 

Women-specific  PPE on the rise
CHANGING MINDSETS Owing to more and more women entering into areas once deemed the preserve of men, there needs to be a shift in the way that PPE is procured for the workforce

Durban Aerotropolis to drive investment across KwaZulu-Natal

By: Shirley le Guern     16th September 2019 The proposed R1-trillion Durban Aerotropolis would be the hub of the KwaZulu-Natal economy and would not only connect the country’s second-largest economy with the rest of Africa and the world, but also drive billions worth of investment across the province, Premier Sihle Zikalala told guests at... 

Durban Aerotropolis to drive investment across KwaZulu-Natal
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala

Edcon supports revitalisation of clothing and textile industry 

11th July 2019 Clothing retailer Edcon increased its order for cotton lint to 2 200 t for the next year as part of its commitment to the clothing and textile industry, supporting the industry target of producing 60 000 t of cotton lint by 2020.  

Edcon supports revitalisation of clothing and textile industry

Local cotton lint buying driving clothing and textile industry’s revitalisation 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2019 Clothing retailer Edcon has increased its order for cotton lint to 2 200 t for the next year as part of its commitment to the clothing and textile industry through the Sustainable Cotton Cluster (SCC). Edcon first bought 600 t of cotton lint in mid-2016 when it signed a cotton lint commitment... 

Local cotton lint buying driving clothing and textile industry’s revitalisation
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Commercial cotton farm in Marble Hall, Limpopo

Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities

By: Halima Frost     17th May 2019 The first Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo (LME), which aims to highlight the capabilities of local manufacturers and, subsequently the ability to export, will be held from May 21 to 23, 2019 at the Expo Centre Nasrec, in Johannesburg. The expo will be hosted by the South African Capital... 

Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities
CENTRE OF ATTENTION The inaugural Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo is set to feature more than 130 exhibitors

Tribunal approves IDC’s buyout of Celrose, with conditions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th April 2019 The Competition Tribunal has approved, with conditions, the proposed transaction whereby the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) plans to acquire clothing and footwear manufacturer Celrose of which embattled retailer Edcon is a majority shareholder. The IDC is State-owned and provides... 

ABA’s new factory to bolster black industrialists

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd January 2019 Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe has described the opening of Africa Bespoke Apparel’s (ABA’s) R81-million factory, in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, this week, as a historic moment and a crucial milestone in the roll-out of the Black Industrialists Programme. The Department of... 

R35m clothing firm to stimulate textile sector in KZN

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe and KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala will, on January 22, launch a multimillion-rand textile firm Africa Bespoke Apparel (ABA), in KwaZulu-Natal. ABA is a 100%-black owned company... 

Govt commits support for clothing, textiles sector and emerging farmers  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th October 2018 The National Treasury has, over the medium term, placed incentives for agriculture, land reform, manufacturing and research and development among its priorities for expenditure reprioritisation. The Clothing and Textile Competitiveness Programme has helped sector exports grow from R7.1-billion in... 

Govt commits support for clothing, textiles sector and emerging farmers

Speciality textiles firm to produce flame-resistant fabrics for Africa

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2018 South Africa-based speciality textiles manufacturer Gelvenor Textiles will produce flame-resistant Nomex and flame- and arc-resistant Protera fabrics to be distributed in Africa in partnership with industrial multinational DuPont, says Gelvenor Textiles CEO Dicky Coetzee. The company underwent 18... 

Company ensures safety and quality in its offering

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2018 Investment into quality work apparel could lead to higher productivity and can prove to be beneficial to companies as it lasts longer and provides more protection for the workforce, says work apparel manufacturer and supplier Sweet Orr. Sweet Orr places continued emphasis on innovation, research... 

New safety footwear collection launched

5th October 2018 Safety footwear manufacturer BBF Safety Group has launched the latest range of Bronx Safety Footwear, which provides durable, safety-compliant protection and performance. "Bronx Safety Footwear is committed to providing consumers with the quality, comfort and durability for which the brand is... 

New safety footwear collection launched
SPECIALISED RANGE Each style of footwear features rubber soles for high heat resistance, oil resistance, anti-slip and excellent durability

Provincial presence benefits company

20th July 2018 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex SA’s local operation plant in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, is well positioned to meet growing demand for geosynthetic products, not only in Africa, but also from countries in Europe, Australasia and Asia, and is the largest plant in Africa... 

Industrial workwear showroom aims to extend business reach

By: Schalk Burger     20th July 2018 The new showroom of industrial apparel manufacturer Sweet-Orr aims to get closer to clients and extend its market reach, says Sweet-Orr executive director Denver Berman-Jacob. The showroom, in Bartlett, Boksburg, is close to the OR Tambo International Airport and the industrial areas of Germiston... 

Industrial workwear showroom aims to extend business reach
SWEET-ORR SHOWROOM Customers can examine the utility, essential and specialised ranges of workwear and protective clothing

Industrial clothing company opens showroom to get closer to end-users 

12th July 2018 Industrial garment manufacturer Sweet-Orr has opened a showroom near the OR Tambo International Airport, in Boksburg, which stocks its utility, essential and special ranges of industrial workwear. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Industrial clothing company opens showroom to get closer to end-users
Industrial clothing company opens showroom to get closer to end-users

Long4Life acquires Rage in R3.92bn deal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2018 Lifestyle brand holding company Long4Life has acquired fashion retailer Rage, and subsequently its more than 1.5-million active customers, for R3.92-billion in cash and shares.  

South African e-commerce start-up launches first product into the UK, Europe

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2018 Cape Town-based e-commerce start-up business Digital Online Retail Products (Dorp) has launched its first product – Veldskoen – in the UK and Europe, after lifestyle assets corporation Long4Life acquired 49% of the company in April.  

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Ramping up production in the automotive sector, resuscitating the ailing tooling industry and boosting the clothing, textiles, leather and footwear industries are among successes the government has listed in its review of ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap). Despite a... 

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

Government releases its tenth Industrial Policy Action Plan 

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 The government has released its Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) 2018, with a sharp focus on deepening industrial development, speeding up radical economic transformation and increasing the ability to produce higher value-added products. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said it was... 

Government releases its tenth Industrial Policy Action Plan
Photo by Creamer Media
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Bags ensure soil retention for projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 Using small scale nonwoven geosynthetic sand container (GSC) bags is a user-friendly method for less critical soil-retention applications, says geosynthetic product manufacturer Fibertex South Africa.  

Bags ensure soil retention for projects
FOR SLOPES’ SAKE Fibertex Naue Secugrid 40/40Q6 soil reinforcing biaxial geogrids are used to minimise soil deformation under tensile loads over the lifetime of the structure

Showcase of SA's manufacturing prowess to debut in 2019

By: Donna Slater     2nd February 2018 To showcase the best South Africa has to offer in terms of local manufacturing and South African-produced capital equipment, capital equipment manufactures lobby group the South African Capital Equipment Exporters Council (Saceec) has partnered with exhibition organisers Specialised Exhibitions... 

Steinhoff shares bounce off 14-year low in volatile trade

By: Reuters     8th December 2017 Steinhoff shares plunged another 50 percent on Friday, before recovering as traders booked profits on short positions taken out after the South African retailer disclosed accounting irregularities earlier this week. More than $12 billion has been wiped off the market value of the owner of... 

Steinhoff identifies €1bn noncore assets to boost liquidity

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2017 In the grip of an accounting scandal that led to it indefinitely postponing the release of its 2017 financial results, JSE-listed retail multinational Steinhoff  noted on Thursday that it had received expressions of interest in noncore assets that will release a minimum of €1-billion of... 

Steinhoff identifies €1bn noncore assets to boost liquidity
Photo by Bloomberg
CHRISTO WIESE The Steinhoff supervisory board appointed Dr Christo Wiese delegated supervisory chairperson on an interim basis

Fabric containers used to divert Orange river for bridge-widening project 

By: Donna Slater     27th October 2017 To facilitate the construction of a bridge-widening project in the Northern Cape, engineered fabrics company Kaytech used its geotextile containers to assist in redirecting part of the Orange river to allow pile-driving equipment access to riverside infrastructure.  

Fabric containers used to divert Orange river for  bridge-widening project
GEOTEXTILE SOLUTION The project required 1 000 GeoRevet Geobags to help create the piling platform structure

Chamber helps Italian companies prosper in S Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Networking events and exhibitions are integral to fostering partnerships between Italian and South African companies, says Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries secretary general Mariagrazia Biancospino. 

Disregard for PPE one of biggest causes of fatalities in work-at-height environment

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2017 Disregard for using personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of the common causes of workplace incidents, accidents and fatalities resulting from falls from height at sites in South Africa, states the Institute for Working at Height Professional Body (IWH PB). 

Disregard for PPE one of biggest causes  of fatalities in work-at-height environment
CONTINUOUSLY EVOLVING Personal protective equipment is continuously evolving to ensure maximum safety
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