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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)... 

7.5 Tons Of Vinyl Floor Off-Cuts Collected Thanks To Industry Collaboration

31st October 2019 Polyflor SA and Innovative Pvc Compounds, both members of the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA), joined hands recently to ensure that 7.5 tons of vinyl floor off-cuts are collected, of which 6 tons were recycled, following an installation at the Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Memorial Hospital... 

Sisi takes another step for women’s safety

22nd October 2019 Local manufacturer, Sisi Safety Wear, adds an economical chukka boot to their current range, as well as two new steel midsole variants, in response to product gaps in the local female safety footwear market. The popular Sisi Cate and Nicole safety footwear, that customers have come to trust for... 

Ramaphosa places expanded African trade at heart of re-industrialisation effort

By: Terence Creamer     26th June 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has reinforced the importance of intra-African trade and investment to government’s unfolding industrialisation strategy, announcing on Wednesday that South Africa will prioritise trade liberalisation across the continent when assuming the role of African Union (AU)... 

ANC says ten sectors to be prioritised under ‘re-imagined industrial strategy’  

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2019 The African National Congress (ANC) has unveiled what it describes as a “re-imagined industrial strategy” as part of a broader five-year programme of action agreed at the party’s three-day lekgotla, which concluded in Gauteng on Tuesday. In a statement released following the gathering, the ANC... 

ANC declares unemployment a national emergency, vows to reduce it by 13% in 5 years  

By: African News Agency      4th June 2019 The African National Congress said on Tuesday that it was gearing for a re-imagined industrial strategy to help government deal with high unemployment and inequality in the country.  ANC secretary general, Ace Magashule said unemployment and inequality remained some of the principal challenges... 

Another exciting A-OSH EXPO beckons as exhibitors finalise their plans for the 2019 show

9th May 2019 It’s shaping up to be another bumper edition of the continent’s leading occupational health and safety (OHS) show as this year’s A-OSH EXPO exhibitors finalise their marketing and stand planning. If your working life and interests lie in the OHS arena, book time in your calendar for this year’s... 

Many companies still procuring unsuitable protective equipment for female mineworkers

By: Nadine James     19th April 2019 The number of women working in the mining sector has increased significantly over the past 17 years, with the numbers growing from 11 400 in 2002 to over 53 100 today, comments female footwear brand Sisi’s senior brand manager Vanessa Ronald. Sisi is one of eight brands under the BBF Safety... 

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... 

International trade in fake goods surges

By: Riaan de Lange     12th April 2019 You might be well acquainted with ‘fake news’. The buzzword that is. Yes, the two are considered one. It was the 2017 word of the year, no less. But, as to whether we possess the ability to identify ‘real news’ from ‘fake news’, that is quite another matter. It is said to be “one of the greatest... 

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