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The South African Clothing Industry
According to Statistics South Africa (StatsSA), the local Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather (CTFL) manufacturing sub-sector generated income of R55bn in 2016, with the clothing manufacturing segment accounting for R20bn. Retail sales for the CTFL market were estimated at R170bn in the same year. Although the value of South African clothing exports increased by 3% year-on-year to R5.64bn in 2016, the value of imported clothing also increased by more than 7.5% year-on-year to R23.8bn.
A Strategic Sector
The domestic clothing manufacturing sector is regarded as a strategic industry that offers the potential for significant job creation and is the focus of the Clothing and Textiles Competitiveness Programme (CTCP) with its two ancillary programmes, the Competitiveness Improvement Programme (CIP) and the Production Incentive Programme (PIP). There are around 800 clothing factories countrywide and 372 clothing manufacturing companies are currently registered with the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry (NBC). However, a substantial number of non-compliant clothing producers continue to operate “under the radar” and there remains concern over the negative impact of illegal imports and customs fraud on the entire CTFL industry.
The report on the South African Clothing Industry provides an overview of the sector, outlines current conditions and discusses factors that influence the success of the industry. The report profiles 78 notable companies active in the manufacture, wholesale and/or retail of clothes. Included is Trade Call Investments Apparel (TCI Apparel), one of the country’s leading clothing producers, that supplies all major local retailers, including Edcon, Woolworths, Truworths and Queenspark, and exports South African-made products to Woolworths’ David Jones stores in Australia. Also profiled is high-end clothing retailer, Stuttafords, which announced its intention to apply for voluntary business rescue in October 2016 and The Foschini Group (TFG), which through its recently acquired UK subsidiary, Phase Eight, acquired 100% of the British contemporary fashion brand, Whistles.