KZN Clothing and Textiles Cluster


The KwaZulu-Natal Clothing and Textile Cluster (KZN CTC) is a not-for-profit public/private sector partnership of clothing, textile, footwear and retail firms in KZN. Established in August 2005, the KZN CTC aims to boost the competitiveness of the local industry to ensure that it can compete in the global market.



As the South African economy opens up to international competition, it is critical that firms collaborate and pool their resources to meet the intense competitiveness challenges that emerge. Clustering is therefore a progression from operating in isolation to recognising that there are certain support activities that can be better performed in conjunction with firms other confronting similar challenges.

The benefits of clustering include:

  • Generates critical mass of resources
  • Shared learning
  • Supports the rapid diffusion of ideas
  • There is collective action and risk sharing
  • Reduced costs
  • Enhanced ability to compete on a global platform


Recent Events

Wednesday, 20 July, 2016

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) provides duty-free access to the USA market for a wide range of products exported from South Africa. AGOA aims to promote a...

Monday, 13 June, 2016

The KZNCTC hosted an innovation session focused on TAKT Time at Excel Clothing. TAKT time is a methodology used to optimise the flow of production lines in keeping with...

Tuesday, 19 April, 2016

During 2015, Dyefin Textiles implemented a Management Control System (MCS). It is used to track the perfomance of all divisions against capacity on a daily basis, with...

Tuesday, 8 March, 2016

On 08.03.2016 the KZN CTC hosted a tour of the top 3 CMTS' that particiapted in the 2015 CMT BOOST Programme.

The primary focus of this tour was to show member...

Monday, 22 February, 2016

The Practical Implementation of Quick Response presented by a Turkish National Arzu Ensari

On the 22.02.2016 the KZN CTC hosted Arzu Ensari. She...

Thursday, 13 August, 2015

Cluster Collaborative Event

The Cape Clothing and Textile Cluster was hosted by the KZN CTC on the 12 August as part of a...

Thursday, 30 July, 2015

On 30 July 2015, KZN CTC members will be visited TFG’s inhouse CMT, Prestige Clothing.  Prestige is now a global frontrunner in terms of lean manufacturing after a radical...

Wednesday, 22 July, 2015

B&M Analysts Knowledge Unit recently conducted a research study for the Department of Trade and Industry on the Impact of the Exchange rate on South African...

Tuesday, 21 April, 2015

The KwaZulu-Natal Clothing and Textile Cluster hosted their Annual General Meeting which took place on the 21 April 2015 at Makaranga Garden Lodge.

Prof. Justin...


Industry News

Wednesday, 28 August, 2013

Portuguese textile & clothing exports rise 10% in April’13
June 11, 2013 (Portugal)
The exports of textiles and garments from Portugal increased by 10.1 percent year-on-year in April this year...

Wednesday, 28 August, 2013

AT least 27 000 jobs have been lost in the clothing and textile industry in the last decade due to economic challenges besetting the sector, a government official has said.
Tarisai Mandizha...

Wednesday, 28 August, 2013

The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) has set aside R25m for a youth employment development programme, as our contribution towards the implementation of the Youth...

Wednesday, 28 August, 2013



Wednesday, 28 August, 2013

Edcon Holdings Pty Ltd., a South African clothing retailer owned by Bain Capital Partners LLC, has been granted the local franchise rights to German fashion brand Tom Tailor and U.K.-based footwear label Dune....

Thursday, 14 March, 2013

This week’s sale saw prices rising slightly on the back of a weaker rand and the Cape Wools Merino indicator gained 1.3% on last week to close the day at R112.13/kg (clean).

The rand has weakened over the...

Thursday, 14 March, 2013

South Africa ’s cotton crop will probably be 7 percent greater than previously estimated this production year as higher rainfall will increase yields.

Farmers in South Africa and Swaziland will probably...

Thursday, 14 March, 2013

Woolworths Ltd: a South African food and clothing retailer, posted a 21 percent increase in first-half earnings helped by demand from higher-income consumers.

Earnings per share excluding...

Thursday, 14 March, 2013

Fashion retailers' share prices have taken a hammering since early January. Truworths has fallen 11% and The Foschini Group (TFG) and Mr Price have fallen 16%. Long-standing retail bears will feel vindicated,...

Thursday, 14 March, 2013

Johannesburg - Edcon Holdings said trading at its lower-price units has improved in the past two months after a weak third quarter.
“Clearly there is a tightening in the market,”...



 Welcome to the second edition of the KZN CTC Newsletter for 2016. You can scan stories in the body of this email or click on any story link to download the full bulletin on the KZN CTC website.  In our feature article we provide feedback on the National retail clothing and textile Imbizo 2016 . Read more....


Case Studies

Company Background

Allwear was established in 1939 with an original plant in Fordsburg, Johannesburg.


Company Background

Celrose Clothing is situated in Tongaat on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The


Company Background

Based in Ladysmith, KZN, Durban Overall manufactures work wear for a number of


Company Background           

Based in the Heartland Industrial Estate in Umbogintwini, Dyefin


Company Background

Prilla is Southern Africa's largest independent spinning mill, with a monthly