The provincial Department of Economic Development and Tourism will allocate R132million in funding to stimulate the industry and create new jobs.
MEC of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer, said: “We import too much and we produce too little. As a country, our imports of clothing, textiles and leather goods have rocketed from just over R5billion in 2000 to almost R60bn now.”
Schäfer said African labour was considerably cheaper than elsewhere in the world.
“In the clothing and textile sector, South African labour is 45% cheaper than in China at the moment and it makes no sense that we are not producing more locally.