China has agreed to limit textile exports to South Africa in order to protect the latter's industry in a draft trade deal.

The deal comes as the two work on enhancing their economic relationship, which has been intensifying in recent years.

South African producers say they have been badly affected by China's cheap textile and clothing imports, as illustrated by a string of factory closures and worker layoffs.

China has also promised to spend more on African textile businesses if they up their incentives for investment.