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The Clothing Industry
BY Carole Veitch
South Africa
21 June 2018
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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The South African Clothing Industry


Data provided by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) indicates that the total value of the country’s Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather (CTFL) market exceeds R180bn. However, the domestic clothing manufacturing sector has declined sharply over the past two decades and currently contributes only 3.2% towards the country’s total manufacturing production. The CTFL sector has shed almost 170,000 jobs during the past fifteen years and as at June 2017 the industry provided formal employment to 87,057 people. There are an estimated 800 clothing manufacturers but less than half of these companies are registered with the National Bargaining Council (NBC) for the clothing manufacturing industry. This means a substantial number of companies continue to conduct non-compliant operations.


School Uniform Sector


The competitive school uniform industry which serves approximately 15 million learners and is estimated to be worth R10bn is currently the focus of a Competition Commission investigation. The investigation into the industry is in response to complaints from parents and other interested parties that certain schools and/or their governing bodies have entered into prejudicial supplier agreements with specific manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. According to the Competition Commission, of the 1,595 schools surveyed, 33% of all former ‘Model C’ schools and 32% of all private schools have concluded exclusivity agreements with school uniform suppliers. Some role players have attributed the high cost of customised school uniforms to the hyper-cyclical nature of the market.


Report Coverage


The South African Clothing Industry report provides an overview of the sector, outlines current conditions and discusses factors that influence the success of the industry. The report profiles 95 companies active in the manufacture, wholesale, retail and online retail of clothes. Profiles for Allwear Clothing, the leading manufacturer of school wear in the country, online clothing retailer, Spree and Skinny Sbu Socks owned by Sibusiso Ngwenya, a successful niche sock designer are included in this comprehensive report.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 4
2.2. Geographic Position 6
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 7
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 19
4.1. Local 19
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 25
4.1.2. Regulations and Government Policies 27
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 30
4.2. Continental 32
4.3. International 35
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 38
5.1. Adoption of the Quick Response Supply Chain Model 38
5.2. Limited Textile Capability 39
5.3. Government Intervention 40
5.4. Economic Environment 40
5.5. The Influence of Retailers / Lead Firms in Sourcing Decisions 41
5.6. Customer-led Approach to Doing Business 41
5.7. Labour 42
5.8. Seasonality 45
5.9. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 46
5.10. Sustainability and Environmental Concerns 47
6. COMPETITION. 48
6.1. Barriers to Entry 51
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 51
8. OUTLOOK 53
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 53
10. REFERENCES 54
10.1. Publications 54
10.2. Websites 55
COMPANY PROFILES 57
A J CHARNAUD AND COMPANY (PTY) LTD 57
AFRICOR HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 59
AL'S CLOTHING CC 61
ALLWEAR (PTY) LTD 63
AST SAFETYWEAR CC 65
AVI LTD 67
BIG BLUE 71
BLUE FALCON 188 TRADING (PTY) LTD 74
BMT STREETFEVER CC 82
BRAND ID IGNITE (PTY) LTD 85
CAPE UNION MART INTERNATIONAL (PTY) LTD 87
CATHERYNE GAYELA FASHIONS (PTY) LTD 92
CELROSE (PTY) LTD 94
CITY EXPRESS STORES (PTY) LTD 96
COLBAR CLOTHING (PTY) LTD 98
DAVINSCOT TONGAAT (PTY) LTD 100
DUCHESS UNIFORMS (PTY) LTD 102
DURBAN OVERALL (PTY) LTD 104
E'TEM FASHIONS CC 106
EDCON LTD 107
FABIO MILANO (PTY) LTD 111
FOSCHINI RETAIL GROUP (PTY) LTD 113
FRAME LEISURE TRADING (PTY) LTD 117
FRANZ FALKE TEXTILES (PTY) LTD 119
FREDOCK TRADING CC 121
GAUTENG UNIFORM SUPPLIES (PTY) LTD 123
GELVENOR CONSOLIDATED FABRICS (PTY) LTD 125
GEM SCHOOLWEAR (PTY) LTD 127
GINA OF CHARLES STREET (PTY) LTD 129
GOLDENDICE INVESTMENTS CC 131
GRAND UNIFORMS CC 133
GSM TRADING (SOUTH AFRICA) PTY LTD 135
HANES SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 138
HOLDSPORT LTD 140
HOUSE OF BUSBY (PTY) LTD (THE) 145
HOUSE OF MONATIC (PTY) LTD 148
HTC STORES (PTY) LTD 151
IMAGEMAKERS (PTY) LTD 154
JACQUES HAU (PTY) LTD 157
JADE E-SERVICES SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 159
JADINE HOUSE CC 161
JAFF AND COMPANY (PTY) LTD 162
JO BORKETT FASHIONS (PTY) LTD 164
JONSSON WORKWEAR (PTY) LTD 166
JUDY'S PRIDE FASHIONS (PTY) LTD 168
JUNIT MANUFACTURING CC 170
K-WAY MANUFACTURERS (PTY) LTD 172
KARMA CLOTHING (PTY) LTD 174
KINGSGATE CLOTHING (PTY) LTD 176
L A GROUP (PTY) LTD 178
LADUMA NGXOKOLO (PTY) LTD 180
LANCASHIRE MANUFACTURING COMPANY (PTY) LTD 181
LEVI STRAUSS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 183
MARY'S FASHIONS (PTY) LTD 185
MASSMART HOLDINGS LTD 187
MCCULLAGH AND BOTHWELL (HYDE PARK) (PTY) LTD 193
MCCULLAGH AND BOTHWELL (PTY) LTD 195
MCIVER APPAREL (PTY) LTD 197
MEDIA24 (PTY) LTD 199
MODEL EXTENSION (PTY) LTD 207
MOREGOLF (PTY) LTD 210
MR PRICE GROUP LTD 213
MS ANVERALI 218
NINIAN AND LESTER (PTY) LTD 219
PALS CLOTHING (PTY) LTD 221
PICK N PAY RETAILERS (PTY) LTD 223
PRETTY GIRL FASHION GROUP (SA) CC 228
PRIKELL CLOTHING CC 230
QUEENSPARK (PTY) LTD 232
RAGE DISTRIBUTION (PTY) LTD 236
RETAILABILITY (PTY) LTD 238
S NGWENYA 241
SEAMLESS TECHNOLOGIES (PTY) LTD 242
SEDGARS SPORT (PTY) LTD 244
SELECT M STORES (PTY) LTD 245
SHOPRITE HOLDINGS LTD 247
SIMPLY WORK WEAR CC 252
SIRDICKS CC 253
SPARKS AND ELLIS (PTY) LTD 254
STEINHOFF AFRICA RETAIL LTD 256
SUZI PRODUCTS CC 260
SWEET-ORR AND LYBRO (PTY) LTD 262
TAKEALOT ONLINE (RF) (PTY) LTD 264
TEAM CLOTHING AND GIFTS (PTY) LTD 267
TIGER GUARDGEAR (PTY) LTD 268
TIME CLOTHING (PTY) LTD 269
TRADE CALL INVESTMENTS APPAREL (PTY) LTD 271
TRITON CLOTHING MANUFACTURERS CC 273
TRUWORTHS LTD 275
TWIN CLOTHING MANUFACTURERS (PTY) LTD 278
UBUNYE UNIFORMS (PTY) LTD 280
UMOJA EMBROIDERY (PTY) LTD 282
WEAR SOUTH AFRICAN (PTY) LTD 283
WOOLWORTHS (PTY) LTD 285
WORKSGROUPHOLDCO (PTY) LTD 288