Boks’ strip: Union gets shirty about imported jersey

2013-04-13 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The SA Rugby Union (Saru) yesterday launched the new Springbok jersey for the 2013 season.

It is made by Canterbury, a New Zealand company that specialises in providing sport apparel that meets the technical requirements of top-class sport.

A Saru official who wanted to remain anonymous told sister paper Beeld that while 50% of the Bok products were made in South Africa, most of the apparel was imported from all over the world, including countries like Madagascar and Lesotho.

Many Bok fan jerseys are knitted in Durban.

The official said Saru was investigating how to change this balance because it was committed to sourcing and supporting local businesses.

The aim was to make most, if not all, of the fan jerseys locally from 2014. A new contract for the sponsor of the Springboks’ strip would be signed next year.

The South African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) has criticsed the imports.

Sactwu general secretary André Kriel said the Bok jerseys must be made in South Africa to create jobs and promote local pride.

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