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The Clothing Industry Updated Report Available
BY Carole Veitch
South Africa
28 April 2017
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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.


Report Coverage


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.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 3
2.2. Geographic Position 5
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 6
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 21
4.1. Local 21
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 28
4.1.2. Regulations 30
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 32
4.2. Continental 33
4.3. International 36
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 38
5.1. Adoption of the Quick Response (QR) Model 38
5.2. Limited Textile Capability 39
5.3. Government Intervention 40
5.4. International Trade Agreements 40
5.5. Economic Environment 41
5.6. The influence of Retailers / Lead Firms in Sourcing Decisions 42
5.7. Customer-led Approach to Doing Business 43
5.8. Labour 44
5.9. Seasonality 46
5.10. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 47
5.11. Sustainability and Environmental Concerns 48
6. COMPETITION 49
6.1. Barriers to Entry 51
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 51
8. OUTLOOK 52
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 53
10. REFERENCES 54
10.1. Publications 54
10.2. Websites 55
APPENDIX 1 57
Clothing and Textiles Competitiveness Programme (CTCP) 57
APPENDIX 2 59
Background to the Local Clothing Industry 59
APPENDIX 3 61
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) 61
APPENDIX 4 62
The Zara Value Chain 62
COMPANY PROFILES 64
A J CHARNAUD AND COMPANY (PTY) LTD 64
AL'S CLOTHING CC 66
ALLWEAR (PTY) LTD 67
AST SAFETYWEAR CC 69
AVI LTD 71
BIG BLUE 75
BLUE FALCON 188 TRADING (PTY) LTD 78
BMT STREETFEVER CC 86
BRAND ID IGNITE (PTY) LTD 89
CAPE UNION MART INTERNATIONAL (PTY) LTD 91
CATHERYNE GAYELA FASHIONS (PTY) LTD 96
CELROSE (PTY) LTD 97
CITY EXPRESS STORES (PTY) LTD 99
COLBAR CLOTHING (PTY) LTD 101
DAVINSCOT TONGAAT (PTY) LTD 103
DUCHESS UNIFORMS (PTY) LTD 105
DURBAN OVERALL (PTY) LTD 107
EDCON LTD 109
F AND R CLOTHING MANUFACTURERS CC 113
FABIO MILANO (PTY) LTD 114
FIELDS WEAR CC 116
FOSCHINI RETAIL GROUP (PTY) LTD 118
FRAME LEISURE TRADING (PTY) LTD 121
FRANZ FALKE TEXTILES (PTY) LTD 123
GINA OF CHARLES STREET (PTY) LTD 125
GSM TRADING (SOUTH AFRICA) PTY LTD 127
HANES SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 129
HOLDSPORT LTD 131
HOUSE OF BUSBY (PTY) LTD (THE) 137
HOUSE OF MONATIC (PTY) LTD 140
HTC STORES (PTY) LTD 143
IMAGEMAKERS (PTY) LTD 146
J GROSS AND COMPANY (PTY) LTD 148
JACQUES HAU (PTY) LTD 150
JADE E-SERVICES SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 152
JADINE HOUSE CC 154
JAFF AND COMPANY (PTY) LTD 155
JH ERASMUS 157
JO BORKETT FASHIONS (PTY) LTD 158
JONSSON WORKWEAR (PTY) LTD 160
JUDY'S PRIDE FASHIONS (PTY) LTD 162
JUNIT MANUFACTURING CC 164
KARMA CLOTHING (PTY) LTD 166
KINGSGATE CLOTHING (PTY) LTD 167
L A GROUP (PTY) LTD 169
LANCASHIRE MANUFACTURING COMPANY (PTY) LTD 171
LEVI STRAUSS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 173
MASSMART HOLDINGS LTD 175
MCIVER APPAREL (PTY) LTD 181
MODEL EXTENSION (PTY) LTD 182
MOREGOLF (PTY) LTD 184
MR PRICE GROUP LTD 186
NINIAN AND LESTER (PTY) LTD 190
PALS CLOTHING (PTY) LTD 192
PEPKOR RETAIL (PTY) LTD 194
PETER BLOND AND ASSOCIATES (PTY) LTD 197
PICK N PAY RETAILERS (PTY) LTD 199
PRETTY GIRL FASHION GROUP (SA) CC 203
PRIKELL CLOTHING CC 205
QUEENSPARK (PTY) LTD 207
RAGE DISTRIBUTION (PTY) LTD 211
RETAILABILITY (PTY) LTD 213
SEAMLESS TECHNOLOGIES (PTY) LTD 215
SELECT M STORES (PTY) LTD 217
SHOPRITE HOLDINGS LTD 219
SPRING ROMANCE PROPERTIES 34 (PTY) LTD 223
STERLING CLOTHING (PTY) LTD 226
STUTTAFORDS INTERNATIONAL FASHION COMPANY (PTY) LTD 228
SUZI PRODUCTS CC 231
SWEET-ORR AND LYBRO (PTY) LTD 233
TIME CLOTHING (PTY) LTD 235
TRADE CALL INVESTMENTS APPAREL (PTY) LTD 237
TRITON CLOTHING MANUFACTURERS CC 239
TRUWORTHS LTD 241
TWIN CLOTHING MANUFACTURERS (PTY) LTD 244
UMOJA EMBROIDERY (PTY) LTD 246
WEAR SOUTH AFRICAN (PTY) LTD 247
WOOLWORTHS (PTY) LTD 249