5 of 2019



Newsletter No. 05                                                              15 February 2019

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Sactwu Concerned About 140 000 Job Loss Threat

The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) is horrified that 140 000 jobs might be lost should the Edcon rescue funding crisis not be resolved within the next day.

Should this happen, it will unleash a socio-economic disaster, unprecedented in the recent history of the clothing, textile, footwear and leather sectors. The terrible multiplier effects on the poorest of the poor and the economy at large would be too ghastly to contemplate.

Most workers in these sectors are from some of the poorest parts of the country, such as Ladysmith, Isithebe, Newcastle, QwaQwa, Botshabelo, Atlantis, Caledon, Babelegi, Fort Jackson, Zwelitsha, Despatch and Mogwase. All of them are black, and the majority are single mothers supporting, on average, at least 5 family members on their weekly wages.

We call on the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and Public Investment Corporation (PIC) structures to urgently fast-track approval of a priority rescue funding plan for Edcon.  There is no time to delay.

We call on all 112 000 SACTWU members throughout the country to support the COSATU strike against job losses on 13 February 2019 and 19 February 2019, to show our rejection of the thousands of jobs which are now being threatened in our industry.

Issued by Andre Kriel SACTWU General Secretary (11 February) If further information is required, kindly contact SACTWU’s Etienne Vlok on 021 4474570

Smart Fabrics: When micro-solar panels allow us to charge our smartphone with our clothing

What if our clothing could allow us to charge our smartphone or connected watch, even when there are no sockets nearby? This is the challenge taken up by researchers at the University of Nottingham in the UK, who have developed minuscule solar panels that can be directly incorporated into textile fibres and fabrics.

A Powerful Technology

The size of an electronic chip, these elements measuring 3 millimetres long and 1.5 millimetres wide are virtually invisible to the naked eye and can generate electricity independently and sustainably. With 200 miniaturised cells spread over only 5×5 cm of fabric, it is estimated that they can produce 2.5 to 10 volts of electricity and up to 80 milliwatts of power.

Another feat: encapsulated in a specific resin, these cells can be integrated into any textile yarn and thus be worn like any other type of garment, as well as being machine washable. The aim? To offer pragmatic technology, allowing us to charge our connected objects on the move. But that’s not all.

Environmentally friendly technology

With this scientific innovation, the researchers have also taken the environment into account, with a view to helping to reduce energy consumption via wall sockets and therefore carbon dioxide emissions. “This is an exciting technology which could revolutionise the way we think about solar power, clothing and wearable technology. The electrical power demand for smart e-textiles has always been its Achilles heel and this technology will allow people to use smart textiles while on the move,” commented researcher Achala Satharasinghe, who developed the prototype as part of his PhD at the university. This technical advance now remains to be put into practice, in particular by creating the first ready-to-wear piece featuring it. Any volunteers among young designers?

This innovation is a new technological example in the textile sector, which is add to our SPECIES Theme – see the Influences Study in the  Influences du Pack Foundation AW20-21, where “Techno-Believers” (on pages 114 to 117) expect technological innovations to anticipate our desires, like super-assistants.

LOOK: Ordinary women strut the runway in sexy lingerie #Valentines Day

Slaying in the new Jet lingerie. Picture: Instagram.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Jet has launched a new lingerie range that is fit for all women.

An exclusive lingerie fashion show was held at Fine Living in Parkmore where guests were treated to an afternoon of dazzling drinks, delicious canapes as the Jet ‘real women’ strut their stuff showcasing the stunning lingerie range.

The sole purpose of the fashion show was to make women feel confident, sexy, powerful, fearless, and feminine.

A few years ago Jet had everyone buzzing about their Real Women campaign. Today we acknowledge that lingerie is not about seduction. It’s about embracing womanhood.

“Embracing the Real Woman, embracing life, embracing change. To be a woman, is to be unapologetically resilient despite everything,” said Nobs Ntombela, Jet Intimate wear buyer.

The new Jet lingerie collection is out Jet stores nationwide

Ethiopian industrial parks have created 64,000 jobs

The nine operational industrial parks in Ethiopia—five built by the government and the rest private ones—have created 64,000 jobs, according to the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC). The state-owned parks Hawassa, Kombolcha, Bole Lemi, Mekele and Adama have created 45,000 jobs. The four private industrial parks are Eastern, Huajan, Velocity and George Shoe.

Most of the owners of the companies operating in the parks are foreign, an Ethiopian newspaper reported.

More jobs will be created when seven additional state-owned industrial parks, which are under construction at Dire dawa, Debre Birhan, Arerti, Kilinto, Jimma, Bahir Dar and Ayisha, go fully operational. The country launched construction of state-owned industrial parks a few years ago after securing loans from Eurobond.

Three foreign companies based in the recently-built Kombolach Industrial Park (KIP) have started exporting their products, said Mekonnen Hailu, EIC public relations director.

He stated that in the past six months the three foreign companies have created jobs for a total of 1,500 youth. Reports show that employees in Ethiopia’s industrial parks are being paid less than a dollar a day, which is resulting in high level of employees turnover.

The companies that have started operations in KIP includes South Korean Pungkook, known for its Mikle Kourse (MK) brand of ladies leather bags, Carvico Ethiopia of Italy, which produces sportwear from synthetic, and Saytex Spinning of China, which converts cotton into thread. F2F

Did you know……..

Around 80% of the world’s women buy shoes which are far too small for their feet. Generally, women like to think they have smaller feet and therefore choose a smaller size.

Baggy pants were first worn inside a Los Angeles prison, since the inmates weren’t allowed to wear belts.

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