The Cape garment and textile industry, once the backbone of job creation in the province, is set for a major boost with funding from the provincial government. File picture: Cindy Waxa/African News Agency (ANA) Archives

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This is fantastic news, as the Cape clothing industry was the backbone of the economy in the Cape for more than 50 years.

When I started out in legal practice, I noted that the majority of employees in the Western Province emanated from the clothing industry, mostly concentrated in the Woodstock, Salt River, Observatory corridor. The clothing produced was superb, cheap and durable.

Today the industry is on its knees and we receive horrible short-lived clothing from the Far East.

Many of the skills in the clothing industry were passed from family to family and people took pride in their work.

I hope this funding boost from the provincial Department of Economic Development will bring back that much-loved tradition.

* Michael Bagraim is a labour lawyer.

** The views expressed here are not necessarily those of Independent Media

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