Textiles: MEC vows support for cluster

2011-03-16 00:00

THE government has pledged its support for a key partnership that has improved the competitiveness of certain firms in the clothing and textiles sector in KwaZulu-Natal.

Addressing the annual general meeting of KZN Clothing and Textiles Cluster (KZN CTC) recently, MEC for Economic Development and Tourism Mike Mabuyakhulu said that although the sector has shed jobs and battled to compete with Asian firms in recent years, an uptick in confidence has re-emerged since the recession.

The cluster, which was formed more than five years ago, boasts 33 member firms.

It is a private-public partnership that focuses on continuous improvement. Through various initiatives it has saved firms R17,8 million in terms of waste.

Mabuyakhulu told member firms that he will ensure further support for the KZN CTC.

“We don’t want to become a consumption-driven economy. We want to hold onto our manufacturing capability,” he said.



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