It will be fascinating to see what comes of Ebrahim Patel’s grand designs to revive traditional areas of SA manufacturing. The trade & industry minister will present a master plan on the clothing, textiles and footwear industry in September. Next on Patel’s list are the poultry, automotive, steel and sugar industries.

SA fashion retailers will be keen to see Patel stimulate a garment industry that, for all the damage done by Chinese imports and outsourcing by local firms to Chinese factories, still thrives in pockets — notably in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

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