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Govt could curb imports in favour of more 100% local goodsArticle

Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says the department is in talks with the DTIC to designate more products under the 100% local content category to support SMMEs...

12 May 2021

Under Armour launches Iso-Chill textile technology
Under Armour launches Iso-Chill textile technologyArticle

Performance wear brand Under Armour revealed its Iso-Chill microfibre technology for 2021 in a global online launch event...

11 May 2021

DIY and home services supporting franchise industry recovery
DIY and home services supporting franchise industry recoveryArticle

The news that listed group Italtile expects its full-year earnings to surge by 70% is an impressive business growth story in the midst of a pandemic...

7 May 2021

The magic of zinc in corrosion control
The magic of zinc in corrosion controlArticle

Zinc is truly a magic metal that few people and few engineers appreciate for its multitude of applications and versatility...

Simon Norton 6 May 2021

Italtile CEO Jan Potgieter to retire, Lance Foxcroft named successor
Italtile CEO Jan Potgieter to retire, Lance Foxcroft named successorArticle

Italtile's chief executive officer, Jan Potgieter, will be retiring on 31 December 2021 and emigrating to Europe...

4 May 2021

Fashionscapes: A Living Wage highlights plight of garment workers
Fashionscapes: A Living Wage highlights plight of garment workersArticle

The documentary combines the voices of garment workers with legal professionals who are working together to argue for the first EU legislation to ensure garment workers receive a living wage...

28 Apr 2021

Greening the global textile value chain
Greening the global textile value chainArticle

Kutay Saritosun is a textile engineer and sustainability aficionado dedicated to educating companies on producing more environmentally responsible products...

Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Apr 2021

Flagship four-star Courtyard Hotel Waterfall City now open!
Flagship four-star Courtyard Hotel Waterfall City now open!Article

The four-star 168-room Courtyard Hotel Waterfall City in Midrand opened on 1 March 2021, headed up by opening general manager Brendan Luttig...

Issued by City Lodge Hotel 20 Apr 2021

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SA retail sales up 2,3% in FebruaryArticle

Stats SA reports that South Africa's retail trade sales increased by 2,3% year-on-year in February 2021...

14 Apr 2021

Rotary Africa event to unpack sustainable development of fashion and textiles
Rotary Africa event to unpack sustainable development of fashion and textilesArticle

The topic of sustainable textile development will be discussed by a panel at the upcoming Zone 22 Rotary Africa Centennial International Conference...

14 Apr 2021

Illegal cigarette consignment to be destroyed
Illegal cigarette consignment to be destroyedArticle

Government's renewed vigour to eliminate illegal tobacco imports and exports will be demonstrated on Friday when a multi-department operation will see 12 million cigarettes being destroyed...

8 Apr 2021

The importance of social entrepreneurship for economic regeneration in a post-Covid world
The importance of social entrepreneurship for economic regeneration in a post-Covid worldArticle

Social entrepreneurs who position their business activities at the intersection of purpose and profit are uniquely placed to contribute to the regeneration of South Africa's economy post-Covid...

Miranda Hosking, Issued by Gordon Institute of Business Science 8 Apr 2021

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5 categories that could lead retail's recovery in 2021Article

Merchant Capital's collection data suggests early signs of recovery in several key categories...

8 Apr 2021

Century City's curved glazed Sable Corner now complete
Century City's curved glazed Sable Corner now completeArticle

Developed by Rabie Property Group and designed by dhk Architects, the recently completed Sable Corner is a four-storey commercial development is situated in the Bridgeways Precinct in Century City, Cape Town...

6 Apr 2021

Reinventing emerging enterprises in turbulent times
Reinventing emerging enterprises in turbulent timesArticle

Eskom Development Foundation CEO, Cecil Ramonotsi, shares some insight into the reinvention of small businesses during turbulent times...

Cecil Ramonotsi 6 Apr 2021

SA's Lukhanyo Mdingi nabs spot on 2021 LVMH Prize shortlist
SA's Lukhanyo Mdingi nabs spot on 2021 LVMH Prize shortlistArticle

Lukhanyo Mdingi is among the 20 designers from around the globe selected as semi-finalists for the 2021 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers...

1 Apr 2021

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Patel calls for partnerships in manufacturing sectorArticle

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel says South Africa must rebuild its manufacturing strength to be able to fully benefit from the opportunities in the BRICS markets...

30 Mar 2021

Kenyan eco-friendly footwear brand wins sustainable design contest
Kenyan eco-friendly footwear brand wins sustainable design contestArticle

Women-led Kenyan design house wins Fashionomics Africa sustainable design competition for turning fruit waste into eco-friendly footwear...

30 Mar 2021

Levi's drives awareness around importance of clean drinking water
Levi's drives awareness around importance of clean drinking waterArticle

Levi Strauss & Co is drawing attention to the environmental challenge of water pollution and how the company is actively trying to be part of the solution...

29 Mar 2021

Virtual Next21 expo to spotlight export-ready SA design
Virtual Next21 expo to spotlight export-ready SA designArticle

The Next21 virtual trade exhibition will see 23 small South African craft and design brands have their creations showcased to a global audience of importers, retailers and decorators...

23 Mar 2021

New campaign promotes recycling of food and beverage cartons
New campaign promotes recycling of food and beverage cartonsArticle

Fibre Circle is calling on South African food producers to help drive awareness that food and beverage cartons are recyclable...

15 Mar 2021

7 unexpected interior design and décor trends for 2021
7 unexpected interior design and décor trends for 2021Article

Interior design and décor trends may not always be as changeable as their fashion counterparts, however, things do change and when they do they look to the past for inspiration. Very few trends are new.

Yael Geffen 9 Mar 2021

Helping Cape Town's clothing manufacturing sector rebuild
Helping Cape Town's clothing manufacturing sector rebuildArticle

Local clothing manufacturing businesses across Cape Town are launching an online development programme that is being supported with funding from the City of Cape Town...

8 Mar 2021

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The human cost of Chinese cotton: how does it impact SA?Article

A recent report detailed how ethnic minority labourers in the Xinjiang region in China - which produces 20% of the world's cotton - are forced to pick cotton by hand through state-mandated schemes...

1 Mar 2021

Know your rights before renewing your corporate lease agreement
Know your rights before renewing your corporate lease agreementArticle

As the new year gets under way, many companies will be renewing their lease agreements for the next 12 months. This is the ideal time for tenants to reconsider...

Jamie Louw 23 Feb 2021

TFG presses for cut in yarn import duties to advance SA manufacturing
TFG presses for cut in yarn import duties to advance SA manufacturingArticle

TFG said this change is essential to enable larger purchases of locally-made fabrics...

22 Feb 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 9: Getting the size of your premises right
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 9: Getting the size of your premises rightArticle

One of the first paradoxes a startup entrepreneur faces is choosing the size of their first rented - or purchased - business premises along with the duration of the lease...

Allon Raiz 18 Feb 2021

Noise pollution is harming sea life, needs to be prioritised, scientists say
Noise pollution is harming sea life, needs to be prioritised, scientists sayArticle

Far beneath the ocean surface, a cacophony of industrial noise is disrupting marine animals' ability to mate, feed and even evade predators, scientists warn...

Sharon Bernstein 5 Feb 2021

Kitchen remodeling trends
Kitchen remodeling trendsArticle

For individuals around the globe who are taking on renovations in their own homes, there is quite a lot to be said about the process and the many learning curves that so often (if not always) are central to the process as it is carried out...

Craig Lebrau, Issued by Lebrau Press 3 Feb 2021

#BehindtheMask: Tilesh Bhaga, creative technologist at Grey Africa
#BehindtheMask: Tilesh Bhaga, creative technologist at Grey AfricaArticle

This week I catch up with Tilesh Bhaga, creative technologist at Grey Advertising Africa...

Evan-Lee Courie 2 Feb 2021

They're everywhere: New study finds polyester fibres throughout the Arctic Ocean
They're everywhere: New study finds polyester fibres throughout the Arctic OceanArticle

In a new study published in Nature Communications, my colleagues and I find a stark confirmation that microplastics are found throughout the Arctic Ocean...

Peter S. Ross 1 Feb 2021

SA creatives' textile designs to feature in global Trenery collection
SA creatives' textile designs to feature in global Trenery collectionArticle

Glorinah Khutso Mabaso from Pretoria has been named the winner of the Trenery 2020 Print Competition...

1 Feb 2021

Retail sales slump continues, dropping 4% in November
Retail sales slump continues, dropping 4% in NovemberArticle

South Africa's retail trade sales decreased by 4% year-on-year in November 2020, falling for the eighth consecutive month...

22 Jan 2021

Ethnic conflict could unravel Ethiopia's valuable garment industry
Ethnic conflict could unravel Ethiopia's valuable garment industryArticle

Ethiopia has long been considered one of Africa's economic wunderkinds. But for the past two months, violent conflict in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region fuelled by ethnic power politics has threatened the country's stability...

Dorothee Baumann-Pauly 21 Jan 2021

New mangrove forest mapping tool puts conservation in reach of coastal communities
New mangrove forest mapping tool puts conservation in reach of coastal communitiesArticle

Despite their enormous value, mangroves are being removed at an alarming rate. A new tool aims to help communities reverse mangrove loss and tap into conservation programmes and funding.

Trevor Gareth Jones 15 Jan 2021

Final call for applications: Cape Skills and Employment Accelerator
Final call for applications: Cape Skills and Employment AcceleratorArticle

The Cape Skills and Employment Accelerator project is focused on creating employment opportunities for youth and women in the clothing and textile industry in Cape Town over the next three years...

11 Jan 2021

How to navigate this unusually social-distanced New Year's Eve
How to navigate this unusually social-distanced New Year's EveArticle

This year has been rough and it's only natural to want to say sayonara 2020 with a party. However, we must continue to uphold Covid-19 safety protocols: festivities won't be on the beach and packed parties won't be the place to be to see the clock strike midnight on New Year's Eve...

31 Dec 2020

Following a t-shirt from cotton field to landfill shows the true cost of fast fashion
Following a t-shirt from cotton field to landfill shows the true cost of fast fashionArticle

With many shops closed due to pandemic restrictions, Black Friday 2020 might have looked different from the frantic buying sprees of years past. But one thing remained the same: the relentless pace of fast fashion...

17 Dec 2020

Food and clean water start with soil biodiversity: Learning more about it is urgent
Food and clean water start with soil biodiversity: Learning more about it is urgentArticle

Healthy soils are vital for food, biodiversity, and a healthy planet, but this below-ground world is often overlooked. The launch of the State of Knowledge of Soil Biodiversity Report highlights this...

Charlene Janion-Scheepers 10 Dec 2020

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SA retail sales down 1,8% in OctoberArticle

Stats SA reports that South Africa's retail trade sales decreased by 1,8% year-on-year in October 2020...

10 Dec 2020

Maarten Ackerman, chief economist and advisory partner, Citadel
The good news ... and the bad newsArticle

South Africa's GDP numbers are much better than expected. In fact, the 66% quarter-on-quarter, seasonally adjusted, annualised figure is better than even the best industry expectation...

Maarten Ackerman 9 Dec 2020

What you need to know about Brexit 2020 and your registered designs...
What you need to know about Brexit 2020 and your registered designs...Article

Having formally left the EU on 31 January 2020, the UK is now in the transition period, which allows it to remain part of the EU intellectual property system until 31 December 2020. That's only a few weeks away. So, how will the UK's departure from the EU affect registered design rights holders in the UK and EU...?

Shamin Raghunandan and Mpho Dzhivhuwo 3 Dec 2020

The wooden economy and the world's ultimate renewable
The wooden economy and the world's ultimate renewableArticle

As a sustainably farmed resource that stores carbon, wood is increasingly being used not only in the built environment for houses and high-rises but also for its cellulose, lignin and sugars...

2 Dec 2020

YID-Textiles Programme to empower business-minded youth in SA townships
YID-Textiles Programme to empower business-minded youth in SA townshipsArticle

Technoserve has introduced a Youth Ideas Development Textiles Programme, aimed at empowering township-based youth and helping to revive SA's textiles sector...

2 Dec 2020

Packaging during Covid-19 and beyond
Packaging during Covid-19 and beyondArticle

As a $900bn-a year industry worldwide, what does the world of packaging look like now?

Raymond Dube 30 Nov 2020

The cost of online courses
The cost of online coursesArticle

It's more convenient, flexible and accessible for people wanting to upskill themselves. So, why aren't online courses much cheaper...

Issued by Wits Plus 30 Nov 2020

Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards 2020 winners list
Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards 2020 winners listArticle

The Sustainable Fashion Awards celebrate South African designers, retailers and personalities leading sustainable, ethical, circular and regenerative practices in the fashion industry...

23 Nov 2020

Video production - How to trade with South Africa and the United States of America
Video production - How to trade with South Africa and the United States of AmericaArticle

The USAID TradeHub is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced organisation to develop two video series which capture the content of two export manuals...

Issued by DEVELOPMENT ALTERNATIVES INITIATIVE 23 Nov 2020

Retail sales down 2,7% in September
Retail sales down 2,7% in SeptemberArticle

Stats SA reports that South Africa's retail trade sales decreased by 2,7% year-on-year in September 2020...

18 Nov 2020

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