Newsletter No.10 24 March 2017
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Sinakho graduates sew their way to financial security
The 15 women of the 2016 Sinakho Women and Youth Development Programme are ready to enter the world of fashion, after graduating this week. They have undergone a three-month skills transfer initiative that saw these women receiving training and mentoring on all aspects of garment manufacturing, sales and distribution from the skilled staff at South African fashion creation business, House of Monatic.
To help them put these skills to use, Nedbank provided funding for the 2016 project and also donated materials for use by the participants to use during their training. Nedbank will continue its involvement with the 2016 programme and its support of the graduates, by selling some of the garments they produce through its corporate sales channel, Nedthreads.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Lindiwe Temba, executive head of corporate social investment at Nedbank, explained that the bank’s support of the skills transfer programme formed part of its ongoing commitment to care for South African communities and offered tangible evidence of the transformative power that is unlocked when like-minded organisations collaborate to bring about social upliftment.
“Skills development programmes like this deliver far more than just training,” Temba explained. “They also encourage the participants to believe in themselves and their abilities and give them the confidence to build their lives and sustain their families. These raised levels of confidence and self-worth are essential outcomes to which the bank aspires with all its corporate social investment efforts.”
Establishing small businesses
According to Sinakho Leadership Support and Skills Development Centre founder, Zella Pahlana, the true value of the Women and Youth Skills Development programme comes from the fact that it is not only the participants who benefit. “In our experience, these training recipients typically go on to establish their own small businesses, thereby not only becoming contributors to the country’s economy, but also job creators who help to uplift many people and families in their own communities.”
At the graduation, it was also announced that the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has also become a partner in the skills transfer programme and has donated R500,000 towards a sewing kit for each graduate, which includes a sewing machine and other garment production tools to help the graduates establish their own small businesses.
ISO revises clothing size standards
Standards which help manufacturers develop size and shape profiles for different populations to create clothing and mannequins have been revised to reflect changes in the clothing sector and eliminate trade barriers by harmonising size marking and the terms of reference worldwide. Sizes across brands and countries vary due to different body shape profiles.
Clothing sizes have been constantly changing in proportions and dimensions since “ready-to-wear” clothing with standardised sizes appeared in the mid-19th century. Sizes across brands and countries continue to vary based on different assumed body shape profiles.
It is the ISO 8559 series of standards which provides guidelines for clothing manufacturers to develop size and shape profiles based on different populations in order to create all kinds of clothing and mannequins. These help the manufacturers to define how and where to measure the body. These standards have recently been updated to reflect changes in the dynamic clothing sector and eliminate trade barriers
The standards were created and revised by ISO technical committee ISO/TC 133, Clothing sizing systems – size designation, size measurement methods and digital fittings, whose secretariat is held by SABS, ISO’s member for South Africa.
Reena Pandarum, chair of ISO/TC 133, said the ISO 8559 series is aimed at increasing customer satisfaction and reducing returns of items as a result of a poor fit. “They will also help to reduce barriers to international trade by providing a universal set of size markings and terms of reference. This will help to simplify information on garment labels for shoppers as, currently, body dimensions are listed on garment sizing labels that do not relate to the body measurements.”
The ISO 8559 series comes in two parts. Part 1 deals with the definition and generation of body measurements, the creation of size and shape profiles and their applications in the field of clothing. Part 2 is designed to be used in conjunction with part one and specifies primary and secondary dimensions for different garment types. The aim of the standard is to establish a size designation system that can be used by manufacturers and retailers to indicate to consumers the body dimensions that the garment is intended to fit.
Clothing retailer Queenspark reported interim profit of R3m for the six months to end-December – a fifth of the matching period’s R15m – but hopes online sales via Zando and Spree websites will improve its fortunes.
Queenspark is among the JSE’s few remaining pyramid structures, owned by former textile group Rex Trueform Clothing Company, which in turn is owned by African & Overseas Enterprises.
Rex Trueform declared a 27c interim dividend, less than half the matching period’s 61c. This translated into 17c for African & Overseas Enterprises shareholders, which was down from 35c, the pair said in Sens releases on Friday, which contained nearly identical financial statements and commentary.
Besides Queenspark, the group also earns rental income from an office park. Its retail sales declined 5% to R273m while property revenue grew 6% to R9.9m.
“Queenspark will continue to focus on store growth. Further product categories are to be added to existing ranges in an endeavour to improve performance. As a result of Queenspark products being offered on both the Zando and Spree websites, Queenspark is now able to service a larger client base,” the companies said in the results statements.
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