South Africa's trade and industry minister Mandisi Mpahlwa has been forced to ease quota restrictions that protect apparel makers from cheaper Chinese imports.

The relaxed limits result from some manufacturers reportedly being prevented from importing fabric not available locally, affecting business.
The country's International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) said today: "The Minister of Trade and Industry amended the import restrictions and regulations on textiles and clothing originating from the People's Republic of China to provide for special strategic circumstances considerations."