South Africa
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South Africa Trade Associations

Cape Clothing & Textile Cluster (CCTC)
The Cape Clothing and Textile Cluster (CCTC) was launched in 2005 as a result of the considerable pressure the industry was facing as a result of trade liberalization and increased global competition. The aim of the cluster is to assist clothing and textile firms to bolster their competitiveness.

Cape Town Fashion Council (CTFC)
Registered as an industry association in 2006, the Cape Town Fashion Council’s purpose is to represent, develop, support and grow the Western Cape fashion sector. The CTFC’s vision is for the Western Cape’s fashion design sector to be nationally and globally recognised and desired for its uniqueness and excellence. The Council represents over 350 members including local fashion brands and industry stakeholders within the Clothing and Textiles value chain. The strategic goals of the CTFC are to provide initiatives that develop and support the fashion industry in the Western Cape as well as ensuring that local fashion designers access, maintain and grow their market share.

National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry (NBC)
The Labour Relations Act (LRA) makes provision for the setting up of bargaining councils for each of the major sectors in South Africa. The bargaining councils consist of representatives from the major unions and employer groups within each of the sectors and their main purpose is to reach consensus on terms and conditions of their specific industries. The terms and conditions agreed on by the councils are contained in a collective or main agreement.

South Africa Clothing & Textiles Workers Union (SACTWU)
Sactwu is the biggest union in the clothing, textile and leather industry in South Africa, with 99 000 members at the end of June 2010. This allows Sactwu to represent members more effectively. We negotiate wages for the vast majority of workers in the clothing, textile and leather industry, and our agreements cover more than 100 000 workers.

South African Fashion Incubator (SAFi)
SAFI is a non-profit organisation established to aid emerging fashion entrepreneurs into business, stimulate entrepreneural activity and encourage small business growth to the benefit of local employment. Our mission is to promote growth amongst emerging South African fashion entrepreneurs by aiding them in developing business and professional skills needed to thrive and surivive within the fashion industry.
SAFI is an equal opportunity, multi-faceted program designed to nurture and support emerging fashion entrepreneurs.

Textile Federation (Texfed)
Formed in 1975, the Textile Federation (Texfed) acts as the voice and spokesman for its members on key industry issues. Its main focus areas are trade matters and legislative changes that affect the industry. Separate structures have been created to deal with labour and bargaining issues.