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Clothing union aims to push locals to grow export industry

Sactwu says the clothing and textile industry has reached a stable state and is ready for bigger growth.

Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (Sactwu) says it will be pushing local manufacturers to revise policies and agendas to grow the export industry.

Trade and industry minister Rob Davies today participated in a Clothing, Textile and Leather Industry Imbizo at the Cape Town International Conference Centre.

Sactwu says the event was aimed at injecting new life into the textile industry.

The union's general secretary Andre Kriel says the union is encouraging the clothing and textile industry to re-orientate their programs and become more focused on exports.

"We thought that we can't just relax now that things are stabilising; we have to have a vision of where we want to lead the industry and we thought exports are quite a good incentive and it's quite a good step to grow the industry further (sic)."

Kriel says the clothing and textile industry has reached a stable state and is ready for bigger growth.