Local clothes are lekker with their low price tags

Maryanne Maina

Maryanne Maina

Manufacturing output statistics show that the clothing and textile sector's output rocketed 5,3percent from January to February. Not only is South Africa making more clothes, but its clothes are also becoming cheaper.

Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni noted in his speech on Thursday that the average price of clothes has dropped 7,8percent over the past year.

The data indicates that January's quota deal bet-ween the South African trade and industry department and China, aimed at limiting imports, is meeting its goal.

"This is a good initiative by the government, which will ensure more job creation and promote Proudly South African products. Several companies shut down and many people lost their jobs due to the massive importing from China," commented local designer David Tlale.

"The government's action will now encourage more co-operation between the suppliers, manufacturers and the government," said Textile Federation's executive director Brian Brink. "South Africans will now buy more South African products from the shelves."