Introduction to CCTC

The Cape Clothing and Textile Cluster (hereafter the CCTC) was launched in 2005 in response to the considerable pressure the industry was facing as a result of trade liberalization and increased global competition. The aim of the cluster is to assist clothing and textile firms to bolster their competitiveness.

The Cluster operates as a  Not-for-profit Company (NPC), governed by an executive committee and numerous Technical Steering Committees (TSCs).  The service provider of the cluster is Benchmarking and Manufacturing Analysts (BMA), who are responsible for the management and facilitation of the cluster. BMA is also the service provider to the CCTCs sister cluster, the KwaZulu-Natal Clothing and Textile Cluster (KZN CTC). The activities of these clusters are synergised and therefore enable a national development strategy to be executed for enhanced competitiveness of the clothing and textile industry in South Africa. With support from five of South Africa's largest retailers, the Cluster has been able to establish and entrench programmes designed to assist local firms development by accumulating economies of scale through group activities and shared resources.

The benefits of clustering include:

  • The generation of a critical mass of resources
  • Shared learning
  • The rapid diffusion of ideas
  • Collective action and risk sharing
  • Reduced costs
  • Enhanced ability to compete on a global platform


Recent Events

Thursday, 28 July, 2016

The CCTC hosted WCM Workshop 3 at International Trimmings and Labels. The objective of the training session was to familiarise participants with problem-solving techniques...

Wednesday, 13 July, 2016

WCM Workshop 2 was hosted at Prestige Maitland. This workshop was a day long session aimed at enabling attendees to fully benefit from the training material being exposed...

Monday, 20 June, 2016

The CCTC hosted the WCM Workshop 1 at K-Way manufacturers. The session copmprised of two parts 1) overview of World Class Manufacturing 2) K-Way factory tour. The first...

Saturday, 1 March, 2014

The Cluster's second SME programme has recently run to completion, helping yet another group of four SME's to improve their operational efficiency and establish a solid...


Industry News

Monday, 19 September, 2016

If there was ever any doubt that a trade-off exists between higher wages and employment, the destruction of livelihoods in the Newcastle clothing industry over the past few years should dispel it.


Wednesday, 7 September, 2016

Bidvest Digital are one of the newest entrants in the wide format digital print industry but are setting the industry alight with their fresh and exciting approach to digital printing.


Wednesday, 7 September, 2016

Cape Town – In a new push to revive the local textile industry hard hit by cheap Chinese imports in the late 1990s, Sactwu will this week host the 2016 Clothing, Textile and Leather (CTFL) Imbizo.

The SA...

Wednesday, 7 September, 2016

PRECIOUS Moloi-Motsepe, founder and executive chairperson of African Fashion International, tells Business Day TV that the weak rand can be both a help and a hindrance for the local textile and fashion industry...

Wednesday, 7 September, 2016

NEARLY 4,630 workers employed in 70 woven cotton textile factories across the country have walked away with an above-inflation wage agreement, which has been hailed as a victory for a living wage.


Tuesday, 6 September, 2016

TFG says it is quietly optimistic about the future and is confident about reaching its medium-and long-term growth targets.

Chief financial officer Anthony Thunström says while there are challenges in...

Tuesday, 6 September, 2016

THE market continued to punish retailer Mr Price on Thursday, sending the previously highly rated company’s share price 11% lower to R165, after losing 15.96% on Wednesday.

Mr Price blamed a...

Tuesday, 6 September, 2016

Although cash may be king in retail, credit can give fashion retailers access to a wider base of consumers who are not flush with cash. 

Proactive clothing retailers that responsibly dish out credit to...

Tuesday, 6 September, 2016

With a number of retailers having recently reported full year results, we take a brief look at the risks, valuations, outlook as well as the comparison of those counters which derive a significant proportion of...

Tuesday, 6 September, 2016

When considering sales and profit data from listed companies, it’s always important to look at trends through the lens of both cyclical- and structural changes in the market. ...



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Case Studies

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Central to the long-term viability of South African clothing manufacturing is the need for the industry to


Company Background:

K-Way is situated in the Southern Suburbs of Ottery, Cape Town. The firm has


Company Background

Peter Blond and Associates is a clothing manufacturer located in Elsies River


Company Background

Radeen Fashions, located in Elsies River, joined the CCTC in 2005. Radeen


Company Background

Waltex is based in Parow, Cape Town and has been producing tufted rug and