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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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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.

South Africa's Foschini Group CEO to step down 15 Mar 2018

South African retail group The Foschini Group (TFG), the owner of the Phase Eight and Whistles brands, says its CEO, Doug Murray, is to retire later this year.

Woolworths chooses new PLM software 7 Feb 2018

South African retail chain Woolworths has selected a new product lifecycle management (PLM) solution for its fashion, beauty and home business.

South Africa's Foschini Group to acquire Hobbs 7 Nov 2017

South African retail group The Foschini Group (TFG), the owner of Phase Eight and Whistles, has entered into an agreement to acquire British women's wear retailer Hobbs for an undisclosed sum.

South Africa workers protest in defense of local manufacturing 7 Nov 2017

A nationwide protest took place in South Africa at the weekend, with clothing and textile workers protesting against large brands like H&M and Zara not selling products made in the country.

South Africa garment workers take part in national strike 25 Sep 2017

South African garment workers are preparing to take part in a national strike this week in protest at the loss of jobs due to "state capture," corruption and retrenchments.

Messe Frankfurt takes over Source Africa event 22 Sep 2017

Trade show organiser Messe Frankfurt is strengthening its activities in Africa after acquiring two of South Africa's largest textile, footwear and apparel shows – including Source Africa.

South African garment unions join forces on wages 13 Jun 2017

A group of South African garment unions has joined forces to campaign for better wages and working conditions, build union power, and confront aggressive employers.

Perry Ellis inks Original Penguin deal in South Africa 18 Apr 2017

US apparel business Perry Ellis International has inked a licensing deal Sector Apparel Group for the distribution of Original Penguin by Munsingwear men's apparel in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland.