Efforts to stem job losses in the South African textile and clothing sector have been helped by government support and a union campaign to try to revitalise the country's manufacturing industry.

A report tabled by the Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) shows job losses slowed to 1.4% in 2011. In 2011, the union database recorded 48% fewer job losses than in 2010 and 55% less than in 2009.

SACTWU also says employment in the industry has stabilised in the last two years - and that employment numbers have increased in each of the last three quarters.

As well as a Save Jobs Campaign, the union last year negotiated to lower the wages of new workers coming into the industry at companies who agree to grow their employment levels by 15% over the next two and a half years.