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  • Outdated capital equipment and technology resulting from inadequate capital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 Recognition Awards

The DFF Recognition Awards hosted by Gagasi FM on air personality Collen Zondo and Top Billing presenter, Ayanda Thabethe at the Durban ICC on Saturday, 26 August at 19h00 will recognise top achievers, comprising of the Durban Fashion Legend of the year, Best Ladies’ Wear Collection, Best Menswear Collection, Emerging Durban Designer of the year, Fashion Innovator, Collection of the Week, Three rising stars (top 2017 mentees), the Fashion Business Award, DFF New Face Award, Best African Designer Collection and Durban Designer of the Year.

Pop Up Shops

Show goers can visit the DFF Pop Up Shops during the fashion fair weekend, from 23-26 August 2017. Designers, fashion and textile retailers will be showcasing and selling their products within the show entrance area. The pop up shops will be open from 18h00 to 22h00 nightly. 

Fashion Shows

The fashion shows will feature over 40 designers including 6 from Africa and popular names within the South African Fashion Industry. 15 shows will take place from Wednesday, 23 August 2017 to Friday, 25 August 2017 and will culminate in the DFF Recognition Awards on Saturday, 26 August 2017. All shows will be hosted at Durban International Convention Centre (Durban ICC). Tickets are available at or selected Pick n Pay outlets.


Industry Workshops

Leading industry players within the fashion related industry will discuss the “Business of Fashion at a panel discussion on Friday, 25 August between 09h30 and 12 noon in Hall 5 at the ICC. Panellists include Linda Makanya; Paledi Segapo; Noёl Paulson; Lukas Nangolo; Masana Chikeka and Peta-Lee Matjaola, and will be facilitated by Top Billing presenter Ayanda ThabetheIt is free to attend the panel discussion.

DFF 2015 Highlights