South African Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has warned that the Government could increase import quotas of clothes and textiles from China if local manufacturers fail to meet demands, according to local news.

The Dispatch Online reported that Mlambo-Ngcuka said the government had identified textiles as one of the industries to revive economic growth and job creation, but that retailers were still pessimistic about the ability of local producers to produce enough clothes and textiles ahead of the festive season.

The government official, currently in Australia, is keen to grow the manufacturing capacity of clothes and textiles that are made in South Africa.