Facebook Pinterest Search Icon SourcingJournal_horiz Tumbler Twitter Shape photo-camera graph-trend Shape latest-news icon / user

South Africa Government Approves $18.8 Million Sustainable Textile Cluster

Consumers are shopping and denim is poised to be their go-to. Join Rivet tomorrow at 11 am ET for a roundtable with Diesel, Tenue de Nimes, Isko, NPD and Cotton Incorporated to discuss how denim can position for dominance in the new normal.

In an effort to supply more traceable products, the South African government has approved a 200 million rand ($18.8 million) grant to set up a new sustainable textile and apparel cluster.

The grant is backed by a five-year production plan to ramp up the country’s competitiveness in sustainable manufacturing and is intended to support local industry by developing production capacity and by using locally-sourced raw materials. Initial efforts will begin with cotton, followed by plans to include all natural and synthetic fibers in the future.

A National Sector Body will also be established to represent the entire value chain from fiber to end-product. Leaders from each sector will work with the government to create a road map for future development and to address issues of national concern.

Funding for the initiative is through the Competitiveness Improvement Program (CIP), a division of the Clothing and Textile Competitiveness Program (CTCP), which works toward stabilizing employment and improving overall competitiveness in clothing, textile, footwear, leather and leather goods manufacturing.

Related Articles

More from our brands

Access exclusive content Become a Member Today!