A statement issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said that African Bespoke Apparel (ABA) operates within the textile, clothing and footwear sector and had created about 450 job opportunities within the first four months of operation.

ABA was approved a funding grant of R35.5 million by DTI’s Black Industrial Scheme (BIS). The project is co-funded by the KwaZulu-Natal government’s growth fund.

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“The BIS supported Africa Bespoke Apparel to acquire the new equipment which aimed at simplifying and improving the production process with increased flexibility and safety, which is combined with the realisation of guaranteed high quality to meet the demands of the modern textiles and clothing sector,” said Magwanishe.

He said that the modern technology installed through the BIS would enable the company to triple its production and that increased manufacturing capability had made ABA competitive in relation to modern standards of manufacturing in the sector.

“Through the BIS support, the company aims to penetrate a wide range of sub-Saharan African markets in future.”

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Zikalala said the KwaZulu-Natal government was proud of ABA’s achievements, which augured well for the province’s intentions of reviving the local textile sector.

“Our black industrialists programme is producing handsome dividends. We have funded Africa Bespoke Apparel as the provincial government because we strongly believe that the textile sector can be used as one of the avenues of achieving our radical economic transformation agenda,” he said.

– African News Agency