Newsletter No 01 / 14 January 2022
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John Maytham from Cape Talk Radio talks to Wesley Fallon, Senior Project Manager from CCTCC.
(CCTC) about Woolworths becoming more transparent about where their goods are being made, and whether they and other retailers are making good on their promise to have more of their products manufactured locally.
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Johan Maytham from Cape Talk Radio talks to Lawrence Pillay, Global Head of Sourcing for Woolworths.
A few weeks ago, Woolworths decided to publish the details of where their products are sourced, and it was no surprise that many of the non-food items are manufactured in China.
There are plans by Woolworths and other retailers to source more of their merchandise locally, but it will take a while to do so.
.We’ve invited them to join us so that we can understand why it isn’t as easy as just entering deals with local suppliers.
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Medical scrubs manufacturer wins clothing industry competition
Runner-up, Joy Ezeka of Zuri and Imani design studio,Suraya Williams of Design Twenty-Six in third place and winner Moshibudi Piet of Sabafuraha
Medical scrubs manufacturer, Sabafuraha has been awarded the top prize, a R20,000 cash injection and a mentorship programme with industry leaders, in Cape Town’s clothing industry’s first business accelerator project.
“Sabafuraha exemplifies the resilience and innovation of Cape Town’s clothing and textile industry and the determination of entrepreneurs who are the backbone of our economy,” says Alderman James Vos, the City’s mayoral committee member for Economic Growth.
Managed by the City’s Special business partner, the Cape Clothing and Textile Cluster (CCTC) and funded by the Enterprise and Investment Department, the initiative matched small enterprise manufacturers with opportunities at large leading retailers and provided them with training to unlock procurement and build new and long-term supply relationships.
Founded in 2017 by Moshibudi Piet and her sister Lehlogonolo, Sabafuraha creates African-inspired attire for medical practitioners, commonly referred to as scrubs. The brand also aims to create job opportunities for women from vulnerable communities.
Aside from her business being declared the overall winner, Piet also scooped the award for the best business pitch.
She was joined on the podium by runner-up, Joy Ezeka of Zuri and Imani design studio, and Suraya Williams of Design Twenty-Six in third place.
Connecting lead enterprises in the sector with their future suppliers is one of the key objectives of the CCTC Business Accelerator.
“This event not only facilitates development opportunities for small businesses, but also creates a platform for large retailers, including Woolworths, Cape Union Mart, Pepclo and Pepkor Speciality, to meet potential local suppliers,” says Wesley Fallon, senior project manager of the CCTC. Bizcommunity
SA sugar cane growers welcome cotton as a rotational crop
By Wouter Kriel
Small-scale growers in particular could benefit from using cotton as a rotational crop due to the low start-up capital needed to establish the crop.
Sugar cane growers have expressed optimism about using cotton production as part of a diversification strategy.
This emerged in a recent study conducted as part of the Sugar Value Chain Master Plan, according to Andrew Russell, chairperson of the South African Cane Growers’ Association.
In recent years, the sugar industry had faced a range of challenges from drought and plunging global sugar prices, to the threat of cheap imports and the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, commonly referred to as the sugar tax.
The master plan was designed to help the industry recover from these challenges, and to position the industry for a prosperous future, with one aspect being considering whether the production of sugar cane products, other than sugar, would be more profitable, and whether diversifying into other crops, such as cotton, could be beneficial for producers, Russel said.
The study found that cotton could be a profitable rotation crop for sugar cane producers, and that it held benefits for soil health as well.
Cotton also required relatively low start-up capital, making it an ideal rotational crop for small- scale growers.
When cotton was farmed on a small scale, it also created additional short-term job opportunities for cotton pickers during the harvesting process, compared with the high capital outlay for expensive mechanisation associated with commercial operations.
According to the report, new genetically modified varieties of cotton could produce yields of between 4t/ha and 5t/ha under irrigation, which amounted to a return of about R35 000/ha.
While this was nowhere near the revenue that could be generated per hectare for sugar cane, it was preferable to having no income while growers allowed their lands to lay fallow between plantings.
Dreyer Senekal, a commercial sugar cane grower in KwaZulu-Natal agreed that there was good potential for using cotton as a rotational crop.
“I have been using cotton as a rotational crop for the past four years. When we [remove] old cane after seven to 10 years, we establish cotton in March, and harvest in September. We then plant sugar beans, allowing us an additional income before we replant the cane within a 12-month period,” he explained.
Senekal said the strong tap root of cotton loosened up the soil compaction caused by sugar cane production, and because it was Roundup Ready seeds, weed infestation could be managed before re-establishing cane.
“I am experiencing a 10% to 15% yield increase in my cane after the cotton and sugar bean rotation,” he said.
Challenges associated with cotton mentioned in the report were the limited number of cotton gins in South Africa, which typically made production machinery available to growers, helping to keep start-up costs low.
More extension assistance was also required, especially in areas new to cotton production, the report added. Source Cotton SA
Steinhoff – Pepco Group CEO to step down
Shareholders are advised that Steinhoff’s subsidiary Pepco Group released an announcement regarding the decision of its Chief Executive Officer, Andy Bond, to step down at the end of March 2022 on health grounds. The announcement is available on the Pepco Group website (www.pepcogroup.eu/).
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