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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. 

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... 

Government calls on local PPE suppliers to reach out to procurement office

By: Donna Slater     8th April 2020 The National Treasury, in support of the Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition, is asking all compliant, particularly local, suppliers providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to direct their offers to the project management office set up for this purpose. The South African health... 

Organisation calls for companies to divert PPE stocks to healthcare sector

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2020 Business grouping Business for South Africa, through its Public Health Work Group, is calling on all companies that are not operating and in lockdown to urgently divert their stocks of personal protective equipment (PPE) for use in the national healthcare sector. The organisation – which... 

Organisation calls for companies to divert PPE stocks to healthcare sector
BSA's Public Health Work Group leader Stavros Nicolaou

Alibaba founder Jack Ma donates more medical supplies to Africa

By: Sane Dhlamini     6th April 2020 Alibaba founder Jack Ma has announced the donation of another batch of medical supplies to each of the 54 African countries, through the Jack Ma Foundation. The latest donation includes 500 ventilators, 200 000 suits and face shields, 2 000 thermometers, 1-million swabs and extraction kits, and... 

Alibaba founder Jack Ma donates more medical supplies to Africa
Alibaba Founder Jack Ma & President Cyril Ramaphosa (26/10/2018)

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, textile industry in project to produce face masks locally

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
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