Rob Davies, the Trade and Industry Minister, confirmed this week the vision was to develop a master plan to create 60000 additional jobs in the clothing and textile retail value chain.
Davies said his department was working with Justin Barnes, who was the facilitator for the new automotive master plan to 2035 that was announced last Friday, to produce a similar plan for the clothing and textile sector. He said the plan would probably be announced early next year, but “certainly long before the election”.
South Africa’s general elections are scheduled to take place during May next year.
Davies said they envisaged the same sort of concept for the clothing and textile sector as the motor industry, but admitted the challenges and issues confronting this sector were a bit more complicated because of the huge amount of illicit trading happening and new entrants and competitors.