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The Clothing Industry in South Africa 2015

  • November 2015
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  • 262 pages

Manufacture and Retail of Clothes: As with the textiles industry, a lack of competitiveness in the clothing manufacturing sector has resulted in South Africa becoming a net importer of clothes. Statistics for 2014 reveal that the value of imports increased by 13.7% from 2013 to reach R18.7bn. Despite this, stakeholders report an improvement in the sector with employment increasing from 51,703 workers at the beginning of 2014 to 56,290 at the end of July 2015. As far as the retail sector is concerned, there has been an influx of foreign retailers in the last five years competing for a share of the local clothes market. This has encouraged local retailers to improve the competitiveness of their supply chains by working closely with manufacturers and switching to a Quick Response (QR) model.


Government Support: Government incentives introduced in 2010 as part of the DTI’s Clothing and Textile Competitiveness Programme have enabled clothing manufacturers to upgrade equipment, skills and processes, leading to more competitive manufacture. Other measures to support the competitiveness of the industry include the proposed Export Development and Promotion Bill, the average 22% import duty on fabrics, the imposition of a 45% import duty on garments imported by foreign retailers and the establishment of an industry body, the Clothing and Textile Development Council (CTDC).



Report Coverage:

The report on the South African Clothing Industry evaluates the domestic industry, government attempts to stimulate local manufacture and factors influencing the sector’s success. The report profiles 80 companies active in the manufacture, wholesale and retail of clothes. Included are the six main retailers, The Foschini Group (TFG), Edcon, Truworths, Woolworths, Pep and the Mr Price Group. Also profiled are manufacturer and wholesaler, Ninian and Lester (Pty) Ltd, which specialises in the production of underwear, socks and active wear, and SMME Karma Clothing (Pty) Ltd, which employs 70 people to manufacture ladies’ and men’s corporate wear at three factories in the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Table Of Contents

The Clothing Industry in South Africa 2015
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 4
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 24
4.1. Local 24
4.2. Corporate Actions 32
4.2.1. Regulations and Government Programmes 35
4.2.2. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 39
4.3. Continental 39
4.4. International 43
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 46
5.1. Adoption of the Quick Response Supply Chain Model 46
5.2. Limited Textile Capability 47
5.3. Government Intervention 47
5.4. Economic Environment 48
5.5. The influence of Retailers / Lead Firms in Sourcing Decisions 49
5.6. Listening and Responding to Customers 49
5.7. Labour 50
5.8. Seasonality 53
5.9. Technology, Research and Development (RandD) and Innovation 53
5.10. Environmental Concerns 54
6. COMPETITION 55
6.1. Barriers to Entry 56
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 57
8. OUTLOOK 58
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 58
10. REFERENCES 59
10.1. Publications 59
10.2. Websites 59
APPENDIX 1 61
Background to the Local Clothing Industry 61
APPENDIX 2 63
Zara Supply Chain 63
COMPANY PROFILES 65
AJ Charnaud and Company (Pty) Ltd 65
Al's Clothing CC 67
Allwear (Pty) Ltd 68
AST Safetywear CC 70
AVI Ltd 72
B and J Meltz (Pty) Ltd 76
Big Blue 78
Blue Falcon 188 Trading (Pty) Ltd 81
BMT Streetfever CC 89
Brand ID Ignite (Pty) Ltd 91
Cape Union Mart International (Pty) Ltd 93
Catheryne Gayela Fashions (Pty) Ltd 98
Celrose (Pty) Ltd 100
City Express Stores (Pty) Ltd 102
Colbar Clothing (Pty) Ltd 104
Davinscot Tongaat (Pty) Ltd 106
DBApparel South Africa (Pty) Ltd 108
Diva Fashions (Pty) Ltd 110
Duchess Uniforms (Pty) Ltd 112
Durban Overall (Pty) Ltd 114
Edcon Ltd 116
Fabio Milano (Pty) Ltd 120
F and R Clothing Manufacturers CC 122
Fields Wear CC 123
Frame Leisure Trading (Pty) Ltd 125
Franz Falke Textiles (Pty) Ltd 127
Foschini Retail Group (Pty) Ltd 129
Gina of Charles Street (Pty) Ltd 132
Holdsport Ltd 134
House of Busby (Pty) Ltd (The) 138
House of Monatic (Pty) Ltd 140
Imagemakers (Pty) Ltd 142
J Gross and Company (Pty) Ltd 144
Jade E-Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd 146
Jacques Hau (Pty) Ltd 148
Jade Corporate Clothing Concepts (Pty) Ltd 150
Jadine House CC 152
Jaff and Company (Pty) Ltd 153
Jo Borkett Fashions (Pty) Ltd 155
Jonsson Workwear (Pty) Ltd 157
Judy's Pride Fashions (Pty) Ltd 159
Junit Manufacturing CC 161
Karma Clothing (Pty) Ltd 163
Kingsgate Clothing (Pty) Ltd 165
LA Group (Pty) Ltd 168
Lancashire Manufacturing Company (Pty) Ltd 170
Levi Strauss South Africa (Pty) Ltd 172
M1 Latex Products (Pty) Ltd 175
Massmart Holdings Ltd 177
MB Workwear (Pty) Ltd 182
McIver Apparel (Pty) Ltd 184
Model Extension (Pty) Ltd 185
Moregolf (Pty) Ltd 187
Mr Price Group Ltd 190
Ninian and Lester (Pty) Ltd 195
Pals Clothing (Pty) Ltd 197
Parys Lingerie CC 199
Pepkor Retail (Pty) Ltd 200
Peter Blond and Associates (Pty) Ltd 204
Pick n Pay Retailers (Pty) Ltd 206
Pretty Girl Fashion Group (SA) CC 210
Prikell Clothing CC 212
Queenspark (Pty) Ltd 214
Rage Distribution (Pty) Ltd 218
Retailability (Pty) Ltd 220
Rowmoor Investments No 329 (Pty) Ltd 222
Seamless Technologies (Pty) Ltd 224
Select M Stores (Pty) Ltd 226
Shoprite Holdings Ltd 228
Spring Romance Properties 34 (Pty) Ltd 234
Sterling Clothing (Pty) Ltd 237
Stuttafords International Fashion Company (Pty) Ltd 239
Suzi Products CC 242
Sweet-Orr and Lybro (Pty) Ltd 244
Time Clothing (Pty) Ltd 245
Trade Call Investments Apparel (Pty) Ltd 247
Triton Clothing Manufacturers CC 248
Truworths Ltd 250
Twin Clothing Manufacturers (Pty) Ltd 253
Woolworths (Pty) Ltd 255

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