Newsletter No.18 19 May 2017
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Come and Meet over 150 manufacturers, suppliers and service providers next week at the Source Africa Trade Show in Cape Town.
16 Countries will be represented including South Africa, Lesotho, Mauritius, Madagascar, Uganda, Rwanda, Swaziland, Kenya, Turkey, USA, Switzerland, Poland, India, Germany, UAE and Hong Kong and there will daily fashion shows, complimentary wine tastings by The Fishwifes Club Boutique Winery, exhibitor promotions, important industry presentationsand WGSN trend talks. See the programme below –
WEDNESDAY, 24 MAY – Venue: Halls 1 & 2, CTICC, Cape Town
Presentation: Responsible Sourcing Auditing: Essentials for Suppliers to Save Time and Money – Time: 11:00am – 11:30am
Technology Presentation: State of the Art of Dyeing and Finishing – Time: 14:15pm – 14:45pm
Technology Presentation: Weaving Technologies, Innovation, Energy Saving, Weaving Machinery and World Markets/Tendencies
Thabo Makhetha Fashion Show – Time: 15:30pm – 16:00pm
THURSDAY, 25 MAY – Halls 1 & 2, CTICC, Cape Town
Source Africa Trade Show – Time: 10:00am – 17:00pm – More than 150 exhibitors from 17 countries
Chu Suwannapha Fashion Show – Time: 10:30am – 11:00am
Mauritius Fashion Show – Time: 12:00pm – 12:30pm
To register, go to www.sourceafrica.co.za. Entry to all the events is free but pre-registration necessary.
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TVET SA (Pty) Ltd ready to respond to Clothing Industry Summit Accord
Representatives of TVET SA (Pty) Ltd were among the stakeholders who attended the First Clothing Manufacturing Industry Summit held recently in Durban. The summit, which was organised by the Productivity and Training Institute, brought to the fore once again the dire need for skills development for the local clothing sector. During the summit, it became apparent that cooperation between all stakeholders including the Government, FP&M SETA, National Bargaining Council, employer and labour organisations and accredited training providers such as TVET SA (Pty) Ltd, would be required to implement focused training interventions to address the scarce and critical skills gaps in the industry.
Although significant strides have been made in the last few years to upgrade machinery and equipment in line with global manufacturing standards, the training of multi-skilled production operators, qualified mechanics, and dynamic support and management staff at all levels has lagged behind, resulting in serious skills shortage at all levels.
An important outcome of the summit was the signing of the Summit Accord by Employer and Labour parties, detailing training interventions to be implemented over the next five years.
These interventions include registered learnerships for employed and unemployed learners in order to expand the current skills available in the industry and to build a skills base from which to recruit new entrants. Other interventions include short courses and skills programmes as well as higher level graduate and post-graduate education in the technical and design fields.
With progressive targets set over the next five years of 6,000 learnerships and 5,000 short courses to be implemented per annum, the clothing manufacturing industry would have to partner with credible, accredited training providers specialising in the provision of industry-aligned, and nationally recognised programmes.
TVET SA (Pty) Ltd has provided quality training and education in the clothing industry for more than 12 years and is ideally positioned to provide a range of nationally recognised learnership programmes, credit-bearing skills programmes and industry-aligned short courses.
During 2016/17 TVET SA (Pty) Ltd has successfully implemented a range of training projects in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. These training interventions resulted in the multi-skilling of existing employees, the training of new unemployed learners of which a significant number were offered employment on completion of their learnerships, and an increase in quality of output and productivity at factory level.
Programme offerings at TVET SA (Pty) Ltd include nationally recognised programmes such as the NQF Level 1 General Education & Training Certificate in Garment Making, the NQF level 2 Clothing Manufacturing Learnership (with electives in Sewing, Cutting, Pattern Making and Finishing), NQF Level 3 Sewing Machine Mechanics Learnership, a Multi-Skilling Programme for Sewing Machine Operators, Mechanics Skills Programme, Pattern Making Skills Programme, Management Development Programme and Supervisory Skills Programme. Short courses include Basic Supervision for Team Leaders, Basic Mechanics for Supervisors, Quality Assurance and Control and 5 S for Middle Managers.
As a dedicated stakeholder and committed partner to the Clothing Industry, TVET SA (Pty) Ltd is ready to support the industry through the provision of accredited training and education, and skills development interventions.
For more information on our programme offerings, please visit our website: www.tvetsa.org.za.
Submitted by: Elmine Baumann, National Marketing and Communications Coordinator, TVET SA (Pty) Ltd, Tel: 083 640 5812, E-mail: email@example.com
Five ways people are celebrating ShweShwe in South Africa and around the world
ShweShwe fabric, or ‘seshoeshoe’ as it is also known, has been an iconic part of South African culture and fashion for almost 80 years. Our beloved ShweShwe patterns have even made their way overseas, thanks to South African fashion designers like Khosi Nkosi and his creative use of the print in his Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2016 collection and many others.
While the textile has its roots in Xhosa culture, people of all walks of life are using ShweShwe in a variety of new and exciting ways. Here are five contemporary ways that South Africans – and people all over the world – are celebrating ShweShwe in 2017.
1. Bridal bliss
2. ShweShwe street style
3. Kids’ fashion
4. Handbags for Africa (and beyond)
5. Décor and furniture
Source: www.flavorpaper.com – New York-based designer, Ghislaine Viñas, gives ShweShwe a contemporary revival with this wallpaper design.
ShweShwe continues to play a major role in South Africa’s rich heritage, with many designers around the world cottoning on to the textile’s versatility.
For more information on the beautiful African-inspired kids’ collection of clothing from proudly South African brand, JenniDezigns, visit www.jennidezigns.clothing. You can also visit the JenniDezigns team at the Source Africa Textile, Apparel and Footwear Trade Event, taking place on 24 and 25 May 2017 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
JenniDezigns was established in 2015 by mother-daughter duo, Jenny (the designer) & Sam (her daughter), who both share a passion for allowing children to be children, and with this the freedom to dress like children.
This passion intertwined with the rich South African ShweShwe prints and classic girls’ clothing styles is what makes a signature JenniDezigns garment. Each item is handmade, with a focus on quality and ethical production values and supply chain management.
The current range is aimed at girls aged two-seven years, where every day is an occasion to get dressed for. The SS16/17 range includes practical every day and party wear and are all made to the highest quality to ensure comfort and durability for active children.
Did you know….
The most expensive bra ever made is the Heavenly Star Bra which was created by Victoria’s Secret in 2001. It’s valued at $12.5 million and has 1,200 Sri Lankan pink sapphires and as its centerpiece a 90-carat emerald-cut diamond worth $10.6 million.
The world’s largest bra has a size 1222B cup. It was created to raise money for breast cancer awareness.
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