29 of 2019

           Newsletter No. 29                                                     2 August 2019


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Durban Fashion Fair calls for exhibitors

The Durban Fashion Fair is looking for exhibitors.

One of the biggest fashion shows in South Africa, the Durban Fashion Fair is looking for exhibitors to showcase at this year’s event.

Well attended by a number of fashion media, fashion buyers and “lovers of all things fashion”, this year’s DFF will take place at the Inkosi Albert

Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) from September 25-28.

The DFF will form part of the annual Durban Business Fair which is a business exhibition proudly hosted by eThekwini Municipality.

The Fashion Pavilion offers a great platform for businesses within the clothing, textile, footwear and leather goods industries (all  things fashion) to promote and market their brands, products and services.

Calling for 2019 Durban Fashion Fair designers.

To celebrate 21 years of existence, the Durban Business Fair is inviting manufacturers of clothing, shoes, bags, jewellery, and other fashion accessories to book a stand at this prestigious event and stand exhibit as well as network with industry experts and  fashion buyers.

To find out more on exhibition fees, dates and times contact Phumelele  Mntungwa on 031 311 4500/78 or Phumelele.Mntungwa@durban.gov.za before  Tuesday, August 13.

The Durban Business Fair is one of the innovative economic development programmes hosted by the municipality to ensure that small and medium businesses remain active and are included in the city’s economy.

To find out more about this year’s DFF, visit  www.durbanfashionfair.com. 

Woolworths and Government launch first intake from the YES Youth Initiative Programme

Woolworths is pleased to announce the official launch of its first intake of candidates from the Youth Employment Services (YES) programme, a government-led partnership with business, labour and civil society which aims to empower one million young South Africans by offering paid, quality work experience.

Through the YES programme, Woolworths will recruit approximately 450 learners in 108 stores in South Africa and at their head office for a period of 12 months.

Commenting on the launch, Woolworths SA CEO, Zyda Rylands, said: “We are proud to work alongside government and together with other South African businesses on this initiative to address this issue of youth unemployment, which has become a massive challenge in South Africa. We are pleased to have co-created a programme across our business units which will equip youth with key skills and prepare them with a work-readiness toolkit, as well as a network, to build the foundations of their working career.”

Launched in 2018 by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the YES programme was established to address the critical issue of youth unemployment and to drive inclusive growth that benefits all who live in South Africa. A key contributor to this goal is increasing job creation and ensuring that youth are included in the economic growth story in a sustainable manner.

Speaking at the Woolworths launch, YES CEO, Tashmia Ismail-Saville, said: “I would like to congratulate and thank Woolworths for taking this first step. YES aims to improve young people’s prospects of finding employment and will help to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy, from which we can all benefit. I look forward to watching the progress of these young South Africans.”

Woolworths has always been steadfast in the belief that skills development is a key enabler to empowerment and transformation, not only for the company, but also for the retail sector and for the country. Woolworths has been actively involved in making a difference in South Africa through education by participating in various initiatives like internships, graduate programmes, work experience opportunities for unemployed youth and people with disabilities, and career exhibitions.

“We are privileged and humbled to be a part of YES, which provides us with an opportunity to reach more young people and address some of the systemic challenges facing our country. By being actively involved in youth development, we create career progression within our own business, improve the diversity of our workforce and our potential talent pool, as well as contribute to the development of employable skills in the country. This is part of our role as a responsible corporate citizen in South Africa,” concludes Rylands.  African Retail

Sanjoo Dyeing & Printing Mills to invest $15 million in Zambia

Sanjoo Dyeing and Printing Mills Pvt Ltd is planning to invest $15 million in Zambia to set up a textile facility. The project may take a year to be operational and will reduce the cost of linen in the African country, apart from creating 400 jobs, company director Vishal Budhia said when Zambian high commissioner Judith Kapijimpanga visited his unit in Surat.

Budhia plans to lead a delegation of textile industrialists to Zambia, according to a report in a Zambidna news portal that quoted a statement from the Zambian Mission in India.

Kapijimpanga said investing in Zambia had many benefits as an investor could export to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) regions as well as to the United States through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

The total investment from India to Zambia now stands at $8 billion, she said. Three Indian companies—Prasad Seeds, Vagmi Cottons and OM Rollers and Smelters—have started operations in Zambia in the first half of 2019 with a combined investment worth over $100 million, she added. F2F

Did you know……..

1930s Fashion: What did people wear?

Although hats were still popular for women, they were gradually becoming less popular.

One way to tell if something is from the Thirties is if it has initials engraved or stitched. This was a common free service that stores offered.

Fashion in the 1930s was just as glamorous as the 1920s, just in a different way.

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