Cape Town - The local clothing retailers’ lack of support of the South African clothing industry by stocking mainly imported goods has led to factory closures and thousands of job losses.
This is the view of Etienne Vlok, the director of South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union’s South African Labour Research Institute (Salri).
He was responding to a release from the union following the latest employment statistics from Stats SA, which showed that employment levels in the clothing, textile, footwear and leather (CTFL) sectors had increased slightly.
The data was based on the latest Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) for the March 2015 quarter, which was published this week. It showed there had been a year-to-year increase of 1.5 percent in the number of employees across the CTFL industry from March last year to March this year.
There has also been a 1.5 percent increase in the number of employees from December last year to March this year (quarter-to-quarter).