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Cape Town - South Africa's clothing, textile, footwear and leather (CTFL) manufacturing industry is entering a new period of greater stability and hopefully higher levels of growth, according to the Cosatu-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu).

Employment in the industry rose to the highest the past 30 months, according to the latest quarterly report by Statistics SA for the quarter ending September 2015. This is the second consecutive quarter that employment in the industry has grown, following a 3% increase recorded in the previous quarter.

Over the 12-month period to September 2015 employment in the CTFL manufacturing industry rose by 1.8%. This was driven by growth in the clothing sector (676 new jobs), textile sector (1 197 new jobs) and leather sector (268 new jobs).

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