37 of 2021

Newsletter No 37 / 1 October 2021

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Skills project to create job opportunities for women, youth in Cape clothing sector

The Cape Skills and Employment Accelerator has launched in Cape Town, designed to create employment opportunities for youth and women in the city’s clothing and textile sector over the next three years.

The skills project is the result of a partnership between the City of Cape Town and the Craft and Design Institute (CDI), and is made possible through the National Skills Fund’s partnership with the City.

Goal to train 200 machinists

The plan is for CDI to recruit between 40 to 60 SMMEs to participate in the project and the goal is to train 200 machinists for the sector. The project will enable SMMEs to take on machinists at a greatly reduced cost to their business while creating learning and work opportunities for unemployed women and youth.

The learners will develop skills that include pattern making, pattern cutting, garment making, and sewing with 75% of the time spent in the business supported by 25% classroom time provided by the training provider.

The programme is designed to offer National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level training and workplace opportunities for unemployed youth and women as part of a 12-month learnership, with a view to the SMMEs employing the women at the end of the project. The learners who are recruited for the project must reside within the City of Cape Town metropolitan area, while the businesses may operate outside it.

Creative SMME businesses in the clothing and textile industry, who are building, or on the verge of building, production capacity are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications close on 21 October 2021. This project has been developed in consultation with emerging and growing businesses operating in the clothing and textile sector, and accredited training service providers.

Alderman James Vos, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, commented: “Together with the City’s enterprise and investment department, we fund strategic business partners, such as the CDI, in high-growth sectors to secure the skills pipelines businesses need to succeed.

“The youth and women will be supported through an accredited learnership (NQF level 2) in either clothing, footwear, leather, and textile production. SMMEs will be able to create a job profile to suit their individual business needs and recruit participants from the learnerships with little cost to the business. Thanks to tax rebates and incentives, a business can reduce the cost even further.”

Sustainable business development

Erica Elk, group CEO of the CDI, said: “This is not just a skills development project – the CDI is also placing emphasis on the development of the business and its capacity to not only host trainees but hopefully absorb them after the learnership is completed – we are aiming to grow the participating business for long-term sustainability.”

Twigg added: “Urban Management, through its public employment and skills development unit (Corporate EPWP) co-funds the project with R10m per year. This amount is dedicated at ensuring that all participants receive adequate stipends, while they undergo their respective training. The project comes at a time in which government has clearly identified public employment programmes as one of the most strategic and readily available tools needed to drive increased economic inclusion.

“For the City, this partnership also means an evidence-based reorientation of the focus of the City’s EPWP into creating platforms that not only allows for participants to gain work experience while earning – but, creating platforms that allow both the economy and participants to identify and close skills gaps that will open opportunities for growth on a sustainable level.”  Bizcommunity

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H&M teams up with local design heroes Neimil

Keneilwe Mothoa and Lubabalo Mxalisa, founders of Neimil.
Image: Steve Tanchel

The Neimil collection will be available in-house at H&M stores Sandton City, V&A Waterfront and Menlyn Park from November 4 2021

Since its arrival in the country in 2015, H&M has established itself as a firm household favourite among many South Africans.

Its latest initiative to support and promote local design and small businesses might just make it the most beloved international brand of all time. Its first partnership with lifestyle brand Neimil, founded by uber-stylish creative power duo Keneilwe Mothoa and Lubabalo Mxalisa, will launch later this year and is guaranteed to add a whole lot of chic appeal to any space.

Neimil’s exclusive range of décor products tells a cultural story through bold colourways, graphic patterns and natural textures that celebrate local culture and diversity in a unique and beautiful way. The entire range was handcrafted alongside a talented team of African women to ensure the artwork created by Neimil was recreated skilfully through traditional weaving and embroidery methods in a range of cushion covers, bath mats and placemats.

 “Through this partnership, H&M aims to support small business owners and promote the local design industry in SA. We are so excited to offer our customers the opportunity to shop this beautiful collection at selected H&M stores, and to include locally made, handcrafted products in our existing H&M Home product selection in-store,” says Caroline Nelson, H&M SA country manager.

Mothoa says: “The ethos of Neimil is to tell authentic stories through our products and to always reinvent the narrative of what handcraft is. Expect a piece of ourselves in this collection, a feeling of love and warmth. H&M is giving us a platform to share our story and our craft with the world, and supporting us in its stores to help us grow. This felt right, and this is why we are here.”

The Neimil collection will be available in-house at H&M stores in Sandton City, V&A Waterfront and Menlyn Park from November 4 2021.  Source-Times Live

New biosourced polyamide alternative?

Polyamides are plastics from the chemical industry and are made from petroleum. They are like nylon and were quickly used in the textile industry for their interesting properties. However, polyamide is a polluting fiber and its manufacture requires a significant consumption of natural resources (energy and oil). In spite of this, it is still widely used because it is a cheap fiber.

Chemist Volker Sieber, and his research team at the Fraunhofer Society and the Technical University of Munich (TUM), have developed a new family of innovative polyamides that can be produced from a by-product of cellulose production. Instead of a linear polymer chain as in traditional polyamides, they have developed a chain that has many small rings of initial material. This gives the polymer true innovative functions.

These new polyamides are technologically impressive because of their special properties that make them strong and attractive for many applications. Indeed, they melt at higher temperatures than crude oil products. In addition, the new compounds can be produced in a transparent, near-crystalline form, which greatly increases their potential for further development using the same initial substance.  Promostyle

allfashion sourcing Cape Town Hybrid Pop-up Fashion Sourcing Trade Show Take Place This Month

Organised by Messe Frankfurt South Africa this Covid-19 compliant immersive event will be hosted live and online. Attended by local buyers, business folk and the general public. The event features both local and international products showcased at the pop-up showroom and exhibited virtually by South African textile, leather, footwear and fashion manufacturers. A major focus on sustainability, trend talks, localisation and fashion shows.

Tickets to the live event are limited due to COVID-19 restrictions and strictly available on a first-come first-serve basis. Online-only event registrations are also now open.

Date: 19-21 October 2021

Time: 9am-4pm daily

Venue: The Lookout Venue, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Cost: FREE, ticket bookings & registration: http://easycode.com/allfashionregistration  

All those attending get to experience synergy between the traditional and virtual. By supporting local artisans and businesses South Africans can take a united stand and cast a vote in favour of comradery, adaptation, and connection. This is fashion sourcing, exhibiting, and eventing reimagined.

Rex True – trading statement

Shareholders are accordingly advised that:
*Rex Trueform’s earnings per share will increase by 130.6%, from a loss of 362.7 (restated) cents per share for the year ended 30 June 2020, to earnings of 110.9 cents per share for the year ended 30 June 2021; and
*Rex Trueform’s headline earnings per share will increase by 262.5%, from a headline loss of 90.2 (restated) cents per share for the year ended 30 June 2020, to headline earnings of 146.6 cents per share for the year ended 30 June 2021.

Shareholders are further advised that the Company’s results contain a prior year adjustment and that the comparative balances accordingly differ from those previously reported. The prior year loss and headline loss were impacted by the recognition of an estimate of store reinstatement costs as part of the right-of- use assets incorporated within the retail segment. The material items impacted meant that the loss per share increased by 5.3 cents and headline loss per share increased by 4.0 cents from what was previously reported.

Further details pertaining to the restatement will be included in the reviewed results announcement, which is expected to be published on SENS on, or about 30 September 2021.

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Did you know……..

Facts about fabric

Acrylic is a man-made fibre that has a soft, wool-like hand, is machine washable and has excellent colour retention.  It is often an additive to textiles to take advantage of these properties.

Nylon is also man-made and was first produced in 1938.  It has high strength, excellent resilience and superior abrasion resistence.  Nylon replaced silk stockings for women in the early part of the 20th century.

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