South Africa Trade Associations

Directory Business, Industry and Trade Associations

In alphabetical order

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.

Exhibition Association of Southern Africa (EXSA)
EXSA was founded in 1980 as a non-profit organisation representing Venues, Organisers, Exhibition Designers, Contractors, Service Companies, Associate organisations and Corporate companies. EXSA, via collective representation, provides a forum for all participants across the spectrum of the exhibition industry.
Institute for Creative Arts (ICA)
The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) is an interdisciplinary institute based in the University of Cape Town’s Humanities Faculty, formerly known as the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA). Since 2008, the Institute has fostered innovative practice and research in the creative and performing arts that works across the disciplines of music, dance, fine art, drama, literature and film, with a particular focus on black practitioners and issues that affect black South Africans.

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.

Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI)
SAACI is dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of efficiency and professionalism for the conference and events industry in southern Africa. The southern African conference industry is recognised around the world as a dynamic growth area. SAACI is aware of the increasing importance of southern Africa as an international conference destination and is endeavouring to ensure that the industry meets the required standards.

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.