Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / South African govt approves R200mn for textile cluster
South African govt approves R200mn for textile cluster
24
Jun '14
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Government of South Africa, has approved a R200 million (approx. US$ 19 million) Grant Fund and a 5-Year Plan for the establishment of a Southern African Sustainable Textile and Apparel Cluster (SASTAC), according to a DTI press release.
 
The National Cluster would help the South African industry to improve its competitiveness capability in global sustainable textile and apparel manufacturing.
 
The initiative is funded through DTI’s Competitiveness Improvement Programme (CIP), as part of the overall Clothing and Textiles Competitiveness Programme (CTCP). The CTCP aims to stabilize employment and also to improve the country’s overall competitiveness in the clothing, textile, footwear, leather and leather goods manufacturing industries. 
 
According to Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, the main aim of the Cluster initiative is to build and improve the capacity in the South African textile and apparel industry value chain to effectively supply: (a) local and international consumers with fully traceable sustainable apparel and household textile products; (b) local Government with fully traceable sustainable textile and apparel products that adheres to the 100% local content designation as stipulated by the PPPFA Regulation; and (c) facilitate the development of sector and/or supply chain specific Sub-National Clusters.
 
The objective of SASTAC includes establishing and managing shared national resources to provide an enabling environment for cluster members and other sub-national clusters; incubating opportunities for sustainable micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) participation and employment creation – from farm to retail; and maximising the production capacity development and beneficiation of local raw materials – starting with cotton and then broadening its scope to include all other natural and synthetic fibres.
 
As part of the SASTAC, a national body representing the entire industry value chain from fibre to end use product would be established. It would bring together like-minded sector leaders that work closely with Government to map out the future development of the industry and address mutual issues of national concern.
 
The DTI has appointed Mr. Heinrich Schultz of Organimark as Cluster Manager for SASTAC. During its first year of operation, the Cluster will implement a wide range of Competitiveness Improvement Interventions to achieve its objectives.
 

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

Must ReadView All

Pakistan's Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar presenting Budget 2017-18 in National Assembly in Islamabad on May 26. Courtesy: PID, Pakistan

Textiles | On 27th May 2017

Pakistan Budget 2017-18 proposes 4 new measures

To support the textile sector in Pakistan, finance minister Mohammad...

Courtesy: IRRC Institute

Apparel/Garments | On 27th May 2017

Up to 7.5 mn retail jobs in US at risk due to automation

About 6-7.5 million retail jobs in the US are likely to be automated...

Textiles | On 27th May 2017

Indian textiles ministry promotes wool sector

The ministry of textiles has taken multiple steps to promote the wool ...

Interviews View All

Jurgen Gauger
Spreadshirt

‘Buying crowdsourced or creative designs are much more appealing to the...

Riddhika Shah
SS Homme

'Worsted wool is the ideal fabric for menswear'

Karel Williams
Dow Microbial Control

'Silvadur is most rapidly adopted in areas where hygiene-conscious and...

Mark Paterson
Technical Absorbents Ltd

Mark Paterson, R&D manager of Technical Absorbents Ltd talks about Super...

Paolo Ocleppo
Sandvik Hyperion

Paolo Ocleppo, Rotary Cutting Segment manager, Sandvik Hyperion discusses...

Larry L Kinn
Suominen Corporation

Larry L Kinn, Senior Vice President - Operations Americas of Suominen...

Madhu Jain
Madhu Jain

She grew up in the walled city of Old Delhi, completed her studies, and...

Robert Brunner
Devereux

Golfwear and menswear brand Devereux is set for greener pastures. Robert...

Prathyusha Garimella
Prathyusha Garimella

Hyderabad-based designer <b>Prathyusha Garimella</b> is known for blending ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

news category


Related Categories:
May 2017

May 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search