| Newsletter No 13 / 16 April 2021
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Chargeurs*PCC are pleased to announce an exciting new distribution partnership with J.G.Train & Co. Ltd.
Based in Johannesburg, J.G.Train are a well-established and highly respected textile supplier to the South African clothing industry. This new collaboration enables Chargeurs*PCC to maintain our important presence and long-term links within South Africa and neighbouring countries.
From May 1st, all orders for Chargeurs*PCC products are to be directed to the team at J.G.Train for processing, delivery and invoicing.
Contact details: Unit 3, 52 5th Street, Corner of Thora Street & 5th Street, Entrance on Thora Crescent Wynberg
A brief history:
J.G.Train was founded in 1934 by John Gilkison Train. John formed the company as a trader and textile agent servicing the Southern African clothing and textile industry.
The company was built on strong ethics, honesty, professionalism, and a passion for fabrics.
Blyth Train, his oldest son continued the tradition and dedicated his entire working career to the company and industry, spearheading and successfully marketing fabric sales for Toga linings, a local textile factory specializing in linings, warp knits and pocketing, as well as developing sales for many other very successful textile companies locally and internationally.
Julia Train (Reeder) Blyth’s youngest daughter is continuing the family business, specializing in “can’t do without stock fabrics” in order to supply on time and quantities required to local clothing and light industrial production companies.
Having been hands on in the industry, collectively over 8 decades has put the company in a good position to understand the market requirements and build up a stable company to handle the ups and downs of a traditionally feast or famine industry. Textiles, covering such an expansive product range requires good product knowledge, the company draws on a global network of industry professionals to bring expertise on specific products required for the local clothing industry.
Rotary Africa event to unpack sustainable development of fashion and textiles
Sustainability has become a crucial consideration for many industries, with businesses globally needing to be increasingly cognisant of their contribution to protecting the environment. The textile and fashion industry is no exception. In fact, for many years, this industry has had a notoriously large environmental footprint.
Thanks to the likes of a new generation of eco-innovators and eco-friendly fashionistas, the future of sustainability in the texting and fashion industry in Africa is looking promising.
The upcoming Zone 22 Rotary Africa Centennial International Conference, taking place on 24 and 25 April, is hosting a panel discussion on this crucial topic. In celebrating the positive change that Rotary International has had within Africa over the last 100 years, this conference also unpacks some of the real challenges that still need to be addressed on the continent. One such key area is the protection of the environment.
Sustainable and environmentally-friendly textile development will be discussed by a panel including Kenyan designer Anyango Mpinga, a forward-thinking eco-innovator who explores the use of emerging technologies to create biodegradable textiles. Mpinga is passionate about aligning to the United National Sustainable Development Goal of sustainable employment, economic growth, and fair employment opportunities for all, particularly within the textile industry.
Also on the panel will be Samata Pattinson, CEO of Red Carpet Green Dress, a global change-making organisation bringing sustainable design to the forefront of conversation and action within the fashion industry.
According to Pattinson, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of African designers over the last few years, aided by the increasing recognition of African aesthetics within pop culture, which has inspired and contributed to more designers showing their range of designs to the world.
Bringing his perspective to the discussion will be Skander Negasi, CEO of Trade and Fairs Group who is also the Messe Frankfurt representative for East Africa and co-organiser of African Sourcing and Fashion Week, Africa’s biggest trade event for the textile, apparel and fashion industry.
“Due to lack of resources, African designers have always been sustainable with resources in comparison to the European countries. There is a bright future when it comes to designing,’’ he says.
Think bark cloth manufacturing in Uganda, woven textiles from Nigeria and Ghana, traditional Berber weaving in North Africa, and beadwork from Maasai and Ndebele artisans.
The panel will be moderated by Kutay Saritosun, the director of fashion brands at Bluesign Technologies in Switzerland, a man passionate about educating brands on producing more sustainable products.
Ahead of his involvement at the upcoming conference, Saritosun who is himself a Rotarian and former Rotary exchange student, says that the growth and movement of manufacturing factories throughout Africa have the potential to change the industry by being more mindful and wary of the environmental and social impact they have.
The fashion industry can no longer turn a blind eye to responsible consumption and production of materials and need to play their part in making a positive impact on climate change. This panel discussion forms part of a session on Protecting the Environment, one of the 11 sessions taking place at the conference.
Sustainability and responsible business practices are no longer buzzwords used by brands to persuade their customers that they’re good corporate citizens, says African Brand Architects managing mirector Natalia Rosa. “New empowered generations demand and no longer ask nicely for action over promises. They want to see, not hear how businesses’ strategies incorporate sustainability as a way of doing business and how these strategies contribute meaningfully to the communities and environments connected to them.”
A collective of communications and marketing thought leaders that brings African excellence to the world, African Brand Architects has aligned itself with Rotary as the anchor sponsor of this Centennial Conference because of the organisation’s commitment to sustainability, resilience and authenticity.
More than $18m in Rotary Foundation global grant funding has been allocated over the last five years with a specific focus on water, sanitation and hygiene and community economic development.
Protecting the environment will officially become Rotary’s seventh area of focus on 1 July 2021. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development, topics which are all included at the upcoming two-day virtual conference.
For more information about the conference and programme of events and speakers, visit https://www.rotary9400.org.za/sitepage/rotary-africa-centennial. Bizcommunity
Joint venture between Indonesian and South African companies set up
Leading Indonesian garment company Pan Brothers Tbk and South African MSME Faithfulness have signed a deal to set up a joint venture company. The new company, Pan Africa, will import personal protective equipment (PPE) half-processed garments from Indonesia and then finalise the processing at a Johannesburg factory.
The Indonesian Ambassador to South Africa, Salman Al Farisi, said in a statement after inaugurating the project on April 8: “Establishing a factory by involving local resources and local wisdom is the most tangible form of bilateral cooperation. Today, we are witnessing a manifestation of good concerns and thoughts between the two countries.”
Ambassador Al Farisi was accompanied by the head of the ITPC (Indonesian Trade Promotion Centre) in Johannesburg, Anggun Mahdi and the director of Faithfulness, Selina Siganga. F2F
Survey launched to gauge tendering challenges
Tendering agency, TaranisCo Advisory has launched a Survey to obtain an overarching market assessment on the type of challenges bidders are facing, when compiling tenders for government contracts.
According to Gerrit Davids, Lead Advisor at the agency, “We receive loads of enquiries on a daily basis from bidders, enquiring as to whether they are correctly responding to these bulky bid documents, and there is this inherent fear, which causes people not to coherently, follow the instructions contained therein.”
“Government on the other hand, assumes that all bidders have the required and nuanced understanding of the legal prescripts, which must be complied with under the different pieces of enabling legislation like the Constitution, the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) and the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA), which are only a few of the more than fifty different pieces of legislation that play a role within the broader tendering regulatory environment.”
Davids says, “It is for that reason that we’ve decided to launch the Survey, to eventually guide the state as well as bidders, on how to how up skill both officials as well as those compiling bids.”
“The objective of the Survey is primarily, to encourage both stakeholders to embrace the regulatory prescripts and in that way foster a culture of full compliance to create an environment, which is “Fair, Equitable, Transparent, Competitive and Cost-Effective”, as prescribed by Section 217 of the Constitution.”
The Survey is available at the link below and 9 lucky provincial winners will each win a free pass, to a future online, half-day tendering workshop on how to compile compliant tenders.
To participate in the Survey, Click Here
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Did you know……..
“Washing, solvents, and dyes used in manufacturing are responsible for one-fifth of industrial water pollution” (McKinsey, 2020)
Eventually, every problem of fast fashion comes back around to the overall lack of transparency. By keeping water usage numbers secret, fashion giants leave the space for using open-loop cycles and polluting the environment with toxic water used during production
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