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ClothingBargainingCouncilBusiness Report writes that closures of South African clothing companies in the past year resulted in job losses for more than 1,700 workers.  

These were some of the statistics that emerged from the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry’s 15th annual general meeting (AGM), which took place in Salt River on Thursday.  Sicelo Nduna, general secretary of the council, presented national totals covering a period of four years starting from 2014 to this year.  In 2014 the industry had 839 clothing factories registered with the council.  2015 saw a reduction to 821, in 2016 there was a reduction again to 805 and, as of August 2017, the number stood at 772.  Nduna also referred to the productivity and training institute (PTI) established by the council in 2015 and said that, since its inception, the institute had been involved in a number of key projects.  “Skills audit workshops and factory visits focusing on identifying scarce and critical skills in managerial and technical roles was conducted.  This will feed to industry sector skills planning.  A second leg audit covering all bargaining level jobs is in progress and will start in February 2018,” Nduna said.

  • Read this report by Joseph Booysen in full at Business Report
  • Read too, A stitch in time: Building a fashion empire to address unemployment, at City Press

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