The Clothing and Textile sectors have been in distress for some time due to a range of factors like competitiveness; skills deficits; import ; rand volatility; limited economies of scale etc. According to the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP2) Textiles and Wearing Apparel are classified as sectors with high Value-Added as well was with high Employment and Growth Multiplier. As from 2000 onwards trade balances increased negatively in all the industries across the sector, with the clothing industry being the worst affected.

The province of KZN in partnership with various stakeholders including Ethekwini Municipality has committed to revive the industry. There is a need to revive the sector and its value chain. Competitiveness and innovation are first steps that have to be taken and given more attention in order to address the challenges within this sector. The Clothing and Textile sector employed a huge number of South Africans both male and female nad fed a large number of families. Reviving the sector will be in line the council Integrated Development Plan 2: which promotes Economic Development and Job Creation as well as Plan 5 which promotes Empowering our Citizens

The sector is experiencing the following challenges which are highlighted on Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP2) and it is crucial that we acknowledge these challenges for the industry to grow and be stable again.

  • Illegal imports and fraudulent under-invoicing;
  • Currency strength and volatility
  • The ongoing surge of global imports that has been underway since the expiry of the Multi-fibre Agreement;
  • Inadequate policing of “country of origin” labeling legislation
  • Lack of skilled personnel to take over from ageing industrial executives and senior management, who generally did not have succession plans;
  • A historical failure to develop and implement skills development plans, particularly for critical areas of operations and in productions
  • Outdated capital equipment and technology resulting from inadequate capital
    investment and technology upgrading; and
  • An historical deficit with respect to innovation, research and development

DFF Emporium

The DFF Emporium is an eThekwini initiative with the goal of providing local designers with an opportunity to sell their creations. 

Support local designers and visit the DFF Emporium Shop S 150A Umlazi Mega City, (50 Griffiths Mxenge Highway, Umlazi). 

 

DFF 2018

Watch this space for 2018 dates

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The storyboards are in!

The panel of judges recently received the fashion storyboards from hundreds of designer hopefuls wishing to be part of the annual Durban Fashion Fair (DFF) 2018 Mentorship programme commencing in February.

Each year, hundreds try out but only 25 can be selected into the programme, after the judges have conducted interviews with the hopefuls and discussed the inspiration behind the storyboards they have submitted.

The judges mutually agreed that it will be a difficult task to narrow down the field as the standard and creativity behind these young designers gets more exciting as each year passes. With the correct selection of the participating young designers, the Durban Fashion Fair itself is anticipated to be bigger and better.

To find out more about who will be selected – go to www.facebook.com/DurbanFashionFair

 

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FASHION IS BOXING SMART IN DURBAN THIS DECEMBER!

The Box Shop (a stylish pop up fashion shop) will be doing a pop-up tour of the city from the 1st of December until the 3rd December 2017. The city’s fashion lovers can visit three different locations – North Beach, Morningside and Umlazi – for some urban chic fashion. The Pop-Up tour will showcase the Spring/Summer 2017 collections of fourteen local designers from Durban and Johannesburg.Come on down and support your local designers at the nearest “Box Shop” Pop-up Store near you on Friday, December 1st between 12h00 and 22h00 at the North Beach venue next to the Tourism Offices on the Beachfront.

Find out more here: 

DFF 2015 Highlights