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The Clothing Industry
BY Carole Veitch
South Africa
19 July 2019
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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The Clothing Industry


South Africa’s formerly flourishing clothing manufacturing industry has been decimated by international competition since 1994. Although significant progress has been made in enhancing the competitiveness of the multi-billion rand industry, the sector continues to shed jobs. With discretionary income shrinking, clothing retail sales are under growing pressure. There are an estimated 800 clothing manufacturers operating in South Africa that generated revenue of R19bn in 2018, while retail sales of clothing, footwear and textiles totalled more than R175bn.


Buying Local


The drive to support Made in South Africa labels is steadily gaining ground. Wearing locally-made clothing at the state of the nation address, president Cyril Ramaphosa said that government, in partnership with business and labour, would be developing master plans for industries with high growth potential, including the clothing and textile sector, which has contracted significantly over the past two decades, shedding more than 200,000 jobs. Stakeholders say that the failure of many retailers to support local sourcing has resulted in factory closures and job losses. They continue to lobby for increased local procurement which allows retailers to respond to market trends more swiftly and lessens exposure to exchange rate fluctuations.


Industry Decline


The local clothing industry has been decimated by an influx of low-cost Asian products and negatively affected by the proliferation of mid- and high-end international fashion brands. Apparel manufacturers recorded an annual production decline of 4.9% in 2018.


Report Coverage


This report on the clothing industry includes manufacturers and retailers, with comprehensive information on the size and state of the industry and the factors that influence it, government initiatives and intervention, a performance review of the major players and information on corporate actions and leadership changes. There are profiles of 93 companies in the sector including manufacturers such as Trade Call Investments Apparel and Kingsgate Clothing, school uniform manufacturer Allwear Clothing, and retailers such as Edcon, The Foschini Group, Mr Price and Woolworths.


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 7
4.1. Local 7
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 13
4.1.2. Regulations 15
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 17
4.2. Continental 18
4.3. International 22
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 26
5.1. Economic Environment 26
5.2. Government Interventions 26
5.3. The Quick Response Supply Chain Model 27
5.4. Supply Chain Capacity and Capability Constraints 28
5.5. Sourcing 28
5.6. Business Models 29
5.7. Labour 29
5.8. Seasonality 31
5.9. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 32
5.10. Sustainability and Environmental Concerns 34
6. COMPETITION 35
6.1. Barriers to Entry 37
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 37
8. OUTLOOK 39
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 39
10. REFERENCES 40
10.1. Publications 40
10.2. Websites 41
APPENDIX 1 43
Summary of Notable Players 43
COMPANY PROFILES 55
A J CHARNAUD AND COMPANY (PTY) LTD 55
AFRICA BESPOKE APPAREL (PTY) LTD 57
AFRICOR HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 59
AL'S CLOTHING CC 60
ALLWEAR (PTY) LTD 61
AST SAFETYWEAR CC 64
AVI LTD 66
BLUE FALCON 188 TRADING (PTY) LTD 71
BMT STREETFEVER (PTY) LTD 79
CAPE UNION MART INTERNATIONAL (PTY) LTD 82
CATHERYNE GAYELA FASHIONS (PTY) LTD 87
CELROSE (PTY) LTD 89
CITY EXPRESS STORES (PTY) LTD 91
COLBAR CLOTHING (PTY) LTD 94
DAVINSCOT TONGAAT (PTY) LTD 96
DUCHESS UNIFORMS (PTY) LTD 98
DURBAN OVERALL (PTY) LTD 100
E'TEM FASHIONS CC 102
EDCON LTD 103
FASHION UNITED SA (PTY) LTD 107
FOSCHINI RETAIL GROUP (PTY) LTD 109
FRAME LEISURE TRADING (PTY) LTD 112
FRANZ FALKE TEXTILES (PTY) LTD 115
FREDOCK TRADING CC 117
GAUTENG UNIFORM SUPPLIES (PTY) LTD 119
GELVENOR CONSOLIDATED FABRICS (PTY) LTD 121
GEM SCHOOLWEAR (PTY) LTD 123
GINA OF CHARLES STREET (PTY) LTD 125
GRAND UNIFORMS CC 127
GSM TRADING (SOUTH AFRICA) PTY LTD 129
HANES SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 132
HASHTAG WORKS GROUP (PTY) LTD 134
HI-TEC SPORTS DISTRIBUTORS (PTY) LTD 136
HOLDSPORT (PTY) LTD 138
HOUSE OF BUSBY (PTY) LTD (THE) 143
HOUSE OF MONATIC (PTY) LTD 146
HTC STORES (PTY) LTD 148
IMAGEMAKERS (PTY) LTD 151
JACQUES HAU (PTY) LTD 154
JADE E-SERVICES SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 156
JADINE HOUSE CC 159
JO BORKETT FASHIONS (PTY) LTD 160
JONSSON WORKWEAR (PTY) LTD 162
JUDY'S PRIDE FASHIONS (PTY) LTD 164
JUNIT MANUFACTURING (PTY) LTD 167
K-WAY MANUFACTURERS (PTY) LTD 169
KARMA CLOTHING (PTY) LTD 171
KINGSGATE CLOTHING (PTY) LTD 173
KITSCH KOOL PROPERTIES CC 175
L A GROUP (PTY) LTD 178
LANCASHIRE MANUFACTURING COMPANY (PTY) LTD 180
LEVI STRAUSS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 182
MARY'S FASHIONS (PTY) LTD 184
MASSMART HOLDINGS LTD 186
MCCULLAGH AND BOTHWELL (HYDE PARK) (PTY) LTD 192
MCCULLAGH AND BOTHWELL (PTY) LTD 194
MCIVER APPAREL (PTY) LTD 196
MODEL EXTENSION (PTY) LTD 197
MOREGOLF (PTY) LTD 201
MR PRICE GROUP LTD 204
MS ANVERALI 209
NINIAN AND LESTER (PTY) LTD 210
PALS CLOTHING (PTY) LTD 212
PEPKOR HOLDINGS LTD 214
PICK N PAY RETAILERS (PTY) LTD 220
PRETTY GIRL FASHION GROUP (SA) CC 225
PRIKELL CLOTHING CC 227
PRIMA INTERACTIVE (PTY) LTD 229
QUALIFICATION SCHOOLWEAR (PTY) LTD 231
QUEENSPARK (PTY) LTD 232
RAGE DISTRIBUTION (PTY) LTD 236
RETAILABILITY (PTY) LTD 239
SEAMLESS TECHNOLOGIES (PTY) LTD 242
SELECT M STORES (PTY) LTD 244
SHOPRITE HOLDINGS LTD 246
SHUGAZ FASHION AND TEXTILE (PTY) LTD 250
SIMPLY WORK WEAR CC 251
SIRDICKS CC 253
SPARKS AND ELLIS (PTY) LTD 254
SUZI PRODUCTS (PTY) LTD 256
SWEET-ORR AND LYBRO (PTY) LTD 258
TEAM CLOTHING AND GIFTS (PTY) LTD 260
TIGER GUARDGEAR (PTY) LTD 261
TIME CLOTHING (PTY) LTD 263
TRADE CALL INVESTMENTS APPAREL (PTY) LTD 265
TRITON CLOTHING MANUFACTURERS CC 267
TRUVAL MANUFACTURERS CC 269
TRUWORTHS LTD 270
TWIN CLOTHING MANUFACTURERS (PTY) LTD 274
UBUNYE UNIFORMS (PTY) LTD 276
UMOJA EMBROIDERY (PTY) LTD 278
WEAR SOUTH AFRICAN (PTY) LTD 279
WOOLWORTHS (PTY) LTD 281