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  • Outdated capital equipment and technology resulting from inadequate capital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 August 2018 dates 

Notice Board

Calling for 2018 Durban Fashion Fair Designers:

The EThekwini Municipality invites fashion designers who are interested in participating in this year’s Durban Fashion Fair 2018 due to take place at the ICC in August.

Interested fashion brands are requested to submit a complete storyboard of their collection to the address below. Only selected designers will be invited to go through the interview process.

For more details, please contact Phumelele on 031 3226206 or email her at phumelele.gwacela@durban.gov.za

Storyboards to be delivered to: The Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit, Ethekwini Municipality, 7th Floor, Embassy Building, 199 Anton Lembede Street, Durban before 16h00 on Friday, March 23, 2018.

Latest News

DFF 2018 OPEN MODEL CASTING – MARCH 9 & 10 -09H00 –  Open Model casting for DFF 2018 (earmarked for August at ICC) will take place at the Durban Exhibition Centre in Hall 6 (across from Durban Workshop Shopping Centre) on Friday, March 9 & Saturday, March 10 at 9am sharp to register. MODEL CRITERIA: Models must be in good physical shape/ 16-35 years of age / Valid ID to bring to the casting. LADIES: Minimum height of 1.75 metres tall (without heels). Hip measurement between 90-92 cm. Wear minimal makeup, body fitting clothing (no jeans) & heels.MEN: 1.83 metres tall or above & fit size 30-32 trouser. Wear a form fitted t-shirt/shirt & closed shoes or trainers. NOTE: You must not be signed up with a model agency. No experience or photographs needed. For enquiries call 074 617 5586 (office hours). More info here

 

DFF 2015 Highlights