Trade chiefs in South Africa on Thursday said they hoped to build on recent high-level talks on the US by attracting dozens of new US investors to the country's vital textile and apparel sector.

Trade and Industry Deputy Minister, Lindiwe Hendricks, said US firms had yet to take advantage of the many benefits provided by the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), unlike companies from Europe and Asia.

She added potential US investors need to be educated about South Africa and the government plans to invite US business chiefs to the region to explore "ready-made" schemes in which they could invest.