In briefing the SA National Editors Forum on May 31, President Cyril Ramaphosa said: “We are resolved to forge a new economy in a new global reality.” He raised ideas such as more localisation, economic patriotism, a strengthened informal sector; an infrastructure and maintenance programme and more and bigger public works programmes.

As we look with apprehension at the post-Covid-19 economy we must also look again at labour-intensive, low-technology manufacturing in the private sector, particularly textiles and apparel, as a way to increase localisation and create employment. There is no good reason why we should not focus on creating more jobs by making our own shoes and clothes, jerseys and hats, as a part of the new economy...

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