The TCI Apparel Design Centre, which partners with Woolworths, the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (Sactwu), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Independent Development Corporation (IDC), opened its new green factory in Epping, Bonteheuwel, on Friday with much fanfare.
The opening was marked with a tree-planting ceremony by TCI chief executive Herman Pillay and a group of children whose parents work at the factory.
“International trends are being set, designed and manufactured right here in Epping,” said Pillay.
The facility not only boasts state-of-the-art equipment, colourful walls and a landscaped garden, but also has its own vegetable garden. Produce from the garden is used to prepare food for staff. Pillay says it’s all part of their drive to promote sustainable fashion and job creation.