SA FASHION AND TEXTILES - South Africa World Expo 2020
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South Africa has world-class design talent and a strong talent pipeline that reflects the creativity and potential of the sector, with 14 tertiary institutions offering fashion-related degrees.


Since 2014, a number of South African designers have showcased their designs at the acclaimed New York Fashion Week.


It is also the home of the coveted LVMH prize winners – Thebe Magugu in 2019, Sindiso Khumalo in 2020 and Lukhanyo Mdingi in 2021.


The South African Clothing, Textile, Footwear, and Leather (CTFL) manufacturing industry is well developed and ranges from the production of synthetic and natural inputs to final clothing and shoes.

Designers who form part of the clothing and textile sector in South Africa contributed approximately R1-billion to South Africa’s GDP during 2019.


South Africa is the world’s largest mohair producer and supplier, accounting for about 54% of global production. The mohair sector generates about R1.5bn in foreign currency annually.


Our country has a large supply of quality leather. Over 2 million cattle and 4 million sheep are slaughtered per year in South Africa. At least 65% of bovine hides are suitable to be used in the automotive industry.


In 2019 U.S. investor Mark Cuban and his partners invested in the manufacturing of a uniquely South African leather shoe, Veldskoen, taking the shoe global.


The CTFL sector accounts for about 2.5% of South Africa’s manufacturing output. In 2018, wearing apparel accounted for about one-third of the industry’s manufacturing output. There are approximately 4 500 CTFL manufacturers in South Africa, with the majority of the firms being micro-enterprises.


Not only does the African continent present a market of over one billion consumers for African textiles and garments, but these products are also becoming increasingly popular in European and Eastern markets.

Clothing brands from African designers are also making inroads in global markets. Significant opportunities exist for designers to adapt traditional African textiles for uses in clothing, household textiles, etc.


Linkages with the automotive value chain have sustained demand for industrial textiles, particularly leather products for export-oriented leather seat cover manufacturing.


South Africa has committed to creating a competitive environment in the CTFL sector. Government support has been focused on programmes that encourage employment opportunities and competition in the industry.


The South African government and industry stakeholders continuously support the CTFL industry through several incentive programmes.


Think South Africa, Think Opportunity.