South Africa with a new economic freedom, the country is developing rapidly into a hotspot for textile, and apparels, attracting the eyes of the world. It is rapidly becoming a preferred sourcing destination for many international apparel makers.

Retailers believe that 2008-09 were the worst in the past 20 years. Global recession has caused some retailers to fall off the map, and left many others struggling for survival. Reported declines were from all fronts; manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. Now in 2011, the countrys textile and apparel sector is showing positive signs of improvement. Consumers have started to trade up, and retailers are actively chalking out plans to enhance their existing opportunities. Industry analysts predict that South African textile and apparel sector will witness a sturdy growth and have a commercial market by 2015.

Textile and apparel exports:

Textile and apparel exports from South Africa are mainly directed towards UK, France, Italy, Japan, and Taiwan. Wool, coarse & fine animal hair, braids, synthetic filaments, and woven fabrics of cotton are the main items of textile exports. A reduction in the import duties of US is likely to enhance textile and apparel exports of S Africa to US. Most of the textile industries are concentrated in the coastal areas of Kwa-Zulu Natal, West & Eastern Cape.

South African textile sector on a brighter outlook