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The Textile Industry in South Africa 2015

  • September 2015
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Contribution to the Economy: Although the local textile industry has the potential to create many employment opportunities, the number of workers employed in the sector decreased from more than 50,000 at the end of December 2004 to 29,626 in March 2015. The sector currently contributes less than 0.5%, which equates to under R20bn to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), down from 3% in 2008.


A lack of Competitiveness: A lack of competitiveness in the manufacturing sector has resulted in South Africa becoming a net importer of textiles. Sources estimate that as far as local fibre production is concerned between 80% and 90% is exported then imported back into the country as beneficiated textiles and clothes. During 2014 the value of imported textiles, which originate mainly from Asia, reached R31.4bn, far more than the value of the country’s exports at R7.9bn. The influx of under-invoiced and illegal imports has also contributed to the decline in the industry.


Government Initiatives: As the textile manufacturing industry is one of the main focus areas in the Government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP), a number of initiatives have been introduced. The sector is designated in the revised Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, so state-owned enterprises are supposed to procure all their textile purchases locally. A new R200m grant was announced in June 2014 for the establishment of a national textile and apparel cluster, the Southern African Sustainable Textile and Apparel Cluster (SASTAC). Funding for company investment and the formation of regional clusters is also available through the Clothing and Textiles Competitiveness Programme (CTCP). The export market has not been forgotten, with a White Paper and the drafting of a Bill on Export Development and Promotion.



Report Coverage:

The Manufacture of Textiles evaluates the domestic industry, government attempts to stimulate local manufacture and factors influencing the sector’s success. The report also profiles 25 industry players, including Ninian & Laster (Pty) Ltd, which manufactures underwear, active wear and circular knitted products and supplies all major retail chains, as well as small retail outlets.

Table Of Contents

The Textile 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 11
4.1. Local 11
4.1.1. Industry Initiatives 11
4.1.2. Illegal Imports 18
4.1.3. Exports and Imports of Textiles 19
4.1.4. Corporate Actions 19
4.1.5. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 21
4.1.6. Regulations and Government Support 21
4.2. Continental 25
4.3. International 29
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 31
5.1. Relationship between Retailers and Suppliers 31
5.2. Rising Input Costs and Economies of Scale 32
5.3. Interrupted Electricity Supply 33
5.4. Preferred Global Fibre Demand 33
5.5. Sustainability and Environmental Concerns 33
5.6. Labour 34
5.7. Economic Environment 36
5.8. Government Intervention 37
5.9. Availability of Raw Materials and Lack of Beneficiation 38
5.10. Technology and Information Technology 40
6. COMPETITION 41
6.1. Barriers to Entry 42
6.2. Research and Development (RandD) and Innovation 42
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 44
8. OUTLOOK 45
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 45
10. REFERENCES 46
10.1. Publications 46
10.2. Websites 47
APPENDIX 1 48
Historical Summary of the Industry 48
COMPANY PROFILES 50
ALNET (PTY) LTD 50
ARANDA TEXTILE MILLS (PTY) LTD 52
ASSOCIATED SPINNERS (PTY) LTD 55
BELGOTEX FLOORCOVERINGS (PTY) LTD 56
COLIBRI TOWELLING WESTERN CAPE (PTY) LTD 58
CORALLINE INVESTMENTS (PTY) LTD 60
GELVENOR CONSOLIDATED FABRICS (PTY) LTD 62
GOOD HOPE TEXTILE CORPORATION (PTY) LTD (THE) 64
HOUSE OF HEMP (PTY) LTD 66
KAP HOMEWARE (PTY) LTD 67
NETTEX (PTY) LTD 69
NINIAN AND LESTER (PTY) LTD 70
PRES LES (PTY) LTD 72
PRILLA 2000 (PTY) LTD 74
ROTEX FABRICS (PTY) LTD 76
SAMIL NATURAL FIBRES (PTY) LTD 78
SOUTH AFRICAN POLYPROPYLENE YARNS (PTY) LTD 80
SPRING ROMANCE PROPERTIES 34 (PTY) LTD 82
STANDERTON MILLS (PTY) LTD 85
STUCKEN AND COMPANY (PTY) LTD 87
SVENMILL (PTY) LTD 89
YARNTEX (PTY) LTD 91
ZORBATEX (PTY) LTD 93
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