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  • Outdated capital equipment and technology resulting from inadequate capital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

Vodacom Durban July Fashion Challenge

It is with great excitement and pleasure that Gold Circle invites you to submit a storyboard for this year’s Vodacom Durban July Fashion Challenge presented by the Durban Fashion Fair. This competition is open to all aspiring, emerging and established designers nationally, as well as fashion students who are studying outside of KZN…
Download  Detailed Competition Brief (pdf). Competition closes on 09 May 2017 at 4pm

Invitation to Participate in the Fashion Mentorship Programme

Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit invites fashion designers, and fashion houses within eThekwini Municipality to be part of a 10 months Fashion Mentorship Programme. The programme aims to capacitate and empower local fashion designers, facilitate market opportunities and network opportunities in order to ensure growth and sustainability of their fashion businesses. More details here….

Open Casting & Model Scouting

Ethekwini Municipality’s Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit will be hosting an Open Casting & Model Scouting day for individuals interested in breaking into the modeling industry and model at the Durban Fashion Fair 2016, to be held in August.


For more information about all the dates click here to download the PDF -> Open Casting Dates with Physical Addresses – New Face Models 2016.

DFF Recognition Awards

DFF will host Fashion Recognition Awards with Basetsana Kumalo and Somizi Mhlongo, awarding top achievers and honouring the longevity and ongoing contribution by our legends and business leaders. The awards will be on Friday, 03 September 2016 at ICC Arena at 18h30. For more information contact Pearl on or on 031 3226203.

DFF 2015 Highlights