JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's African National Congress said on Monday it was relieved that thousands of direct and indirect jobs had been saved after financially troubled retail group Edcon reached a deal with creditors.
Edcon has secured 2.7 billion rand in new cash and rent deductions as part of a recapitalisation plan.
The ANC in Western Cape concurred with the South African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union that this agreement had averted a "job massacre" in the clothing industry, secretary Faiez Jacobs in a statement.
“We in the Western Cape know from bitter experience how devastating job losses in the clothing industry can be," Jacobs said.
"Our once thriving clothing industry is gone, and with it the jobs of thousands of workers who worked in Woodstock, Salt River and Observatory."