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Assessing Africa as an alternative apparel source 31 Mar 2016

Africa has undeniable advantages that make it attractive as a potential destination for large volume, low cost, commodity garments, according to Chris Wynne-Potts, CEO at African Merchandising Services.

AGOA renewal offers great opportunities for Africa 15 Jun 2015

Should the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) be renewed for ten years as expected, there would be unprecedented opportunities for the sub-Saharan Africa textile and apparel sector, according to an expert speaker at this year’s Source Africa textile, apparel and footwear trade event.

SOURCING: African apparel makers must plan for renewed AGOA 24 Jun 2014

There are growing opportunities in the US for African clothing and textile producers, but a long-term preferential trade agreement is needed for them to develop supply chains that can meet demand, industry experts at the Source Africa trade show have said.

South Africa curbs textile and garment job losses 3 Apr 2014

The decline of South Africa's beleaguered garment and textile industry is bottoming out, and the sector has stemmed job losses by 66% between 2010 and 2013, industry experts say.

Comment: Prospects for an African clothing industry? 25 Jun 2013

The sub-Saharan Africa clothing industry faces a number of challenges, including the fact it is only partly African-owned and much of it is rather tenuously located on the continent. But could a focus on grouping countries together as an integrated regional value chain be the answer to a more competitive future? asks Shane Godfrey.

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Sappi joins the Sustainable Apparel Coalition 4 Mar 2019

South African pulp and paper company Sappi, whose products are used by the apparel industry, has announced its affiliation to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), adding the partnership will allow it to drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its supply chain.

New South Africa national minimum wage now in force 9 Jan 2019

Clothing, textile, footwear and leather workers in South Africa are among the millions of beneficiaries of a new National Minimum Wage that came into force at the beginning of January.

South Africa eyes master plan for apparel value chain 4 Dec 2018

The South African Trade and Industry Department is to develop a master plan to grow the clothing and textile and footwear and leather retail value chain.

South Africa trade unions split over minimum wage hike 26 Nov 2018

The South African parliament has signed off on a minimum wage bill that will see clothing and textile workers receive a wage hike to ZAR20 (US$1.50), but the move has left unions divided with some calling the increase "outrageous".

South Africa mohair farmers charged over cruelty 17 Aug 2018

Cruelty-to-animals charges have been filed against four angora goat farmers in South Africa following an exposé by animal rights group PETA earlier this year.

Strike threat looms for South Africa clothing workers 9 Aug 2018

Workers in South Africa’s cotton textile, woven textile and footwear sectors have agreed to new deals on higher pay – but the threat of a strike looms for 60,000 clothing manufacturing workers after the trade union and industry employers failed to reach a wage settlement after three rounds of negotiations.

Thousands of South Africa footwear workers continue to strike 18 Jul 2018

Thousands of South African footwear workers are on strike for a second week, demanding a higher wage increase than is being offered by employers.

Mohair South Africa hits back at cruelty claims 11 Jun 2018

Non-profit Mohair South Africa has launched an investigation into allegations of cruelty in the country's mohair industry following allegations of animal abuse on South African angora goat farms by animal rights group PETA.

Arcadia, Gap, H&M and Inditex all ban mohair 2 May 2018

Fashion retail giants Arcadia Group, Inditex, Gap Inc and Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) have all committed to ensuring their products are mohair-free following an investigation into the industry in South Africa by animal rights group PETA.

Source Africa returns with an eye on investment growth 5 Apr 2018

Textile, footwear and apparel show Source Africa is to return this year with the aim of boosting investment into the region and ensuring sustainable job creation within the sector, with Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) secured as the latest sponsor.