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westerncape thumb medium80 80Cape Argus reports that the Western Cape garment and textile industry, once the backbone of job creation in the province, is set for a major boost with funding from the provincial government.  

The provincial Department of Economic Development and Tourism will allocate R132-million in funding to stimulate the industry and create new jobs.  MEC of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer, said:  “This region used to be well known for its clothing and textile production and we want to rebuild this industry and use the skills we already have, while developing new ones.”  According to Wesgro (the trade and investment promotion agency for the province), the manufacturing industry in the Western Cape accounts for about 15% of the province’s economy and employs about 10% of the province’s workforce.  Wesgro’s Cornelis van der Waal commented:  “It is crucial that market opportunities with economies of scale are developed.  In the Western Cape this includes the green revolution, electronics, specialised automotive components, health and beauty products and the agricultural sector.”  The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union said that too much importing could mean the end of the industry.

  • Read the full original of the report by Marvin Charles on this story at Cape Argus

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