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Textile is the Key Industry to Boost South Africa Economy

Textile is the Key Industry to Boost South Africa  EconomyPretoria — Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff  Radebe, says the textile industry is one of the most strategic platforms through which South Africa can bolster trade of local products.

He was addressing the Ivili Loboya Textile launch on Thursday in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Ivili Loboya, which is Africa's first cashmere fabric manufacturer, was first established in 2015 as a wool processing hub in Ibika village in Butterworth, Eastern Cape.

The textile industry in South Africa can be segmented into the following major sectors: Fibre production,Spinning,Weaving,Knitting,Non-wovens,Carpet production,Fabric Coating.

There is also a wide range of other consumer and industrial converting sectors, including : Apparel Home Fabrics, Woven and Knitted packaging, Tyre and belting packaging, Webbing and Narrows Hose Manufacturing, Cordage Filtration fabrics Tarpaulins, Geotextiles Sewing, Thread Sleeping bags, Fibre Production.

The major fibre types used are cotton, staple and filament polyester, acrylic, nylon, polypropylene, PP/HDPE - Raffia , viscose, and jute/sisal. Textiles, Clothing and Footwear.

The textiles, clothing and footwear industry in South Africa is well-established, but has been under siege for some years. Key issues for the industry include: the negative impact of cheap imports, the effect of which is exacerbated by the reduction of import protection;stemming the flow of illegal imports;the effect of the discontinuation of export incentives.

The Minister said the establishment of Ivili Textile is a very important milestone in efforts to transform the economic landscape of South Africa.

"It is the culmination of many years of hard work towards the establishment of this ground breaking initiative in the textile industry... These are quality niche wools sourced from different South African sheep breeds with local cotton and wild silk from the North West province.

"It is inspiring to note that the launch of this initiative will also mark the signing of an agency agreement with an Italian retailer, an initiative that will expand your markets to Europe.

"I believe that a project of this nature has great potential to contribute significantly both to the development of an inclusive economy as well as in employment creation," said the Minister.

He said the manufacturing industry is an ideal model for sustainable entrepreneurship as it encourages productivity, hard work and self-reliance.

"You do not need to win a tender in order to be successful in this industry. The growth of your business is dependent on your productivity. These are the kinds of initiatives that add meaningful value in changing the current socio-economic conditions of the people of South Africa."

He said an initiative such as this is a very important intervention in bolstering rural economies and addressing some of the country's national imperatives.

National Development Plan

He commended Ivili Textiles for its strategic focus of promoting women participation, improving productivity through agronomic and development skills, as well as promoting entrepreneurship, thus contributing directly to the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP).
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