CCTC in the news

The CCTC CIP | 2019

CCTC’s CIP programme boosts jobs in the CTFL sector

The cluster runs the dti-funded/IDC administered CCTC Competitiveness Improvement Programme (CCTC CIP) which is an optional 3-year intensive capacity-building programme. The current 3- year iteration of the CCTC CIP, with 12 participating firms, began in 2017 and is scheduled to conclude at the end of 2019.

The CCTC CIP has succeeded in helping firms to improve their overall operational performance and competitiveness, but one of the most apparent signs of success has been extremely positive growth in employment at participating firms. Over the first two years of the CCTC CIP, average employment at participating firms has increased by 35% with 1112 new jobs created. These job creation numbers are worth celebrating, not only as evidence of direct positive impact on member firms but also as key to helping South Africa’s economy at large which is characterised by high rates of unemployment, with a massive surplus of low skilled labour that is best absorbed by growing labour-intensive manufacturing industries like the CTFL sector.

The CCTC is in the process of applying for dti/IDC funding for another 3-year CIP and firms interested in participating are encouraged to contact us at

Sector focus: clothing and textiles

The Great Textile Turnaround | October 2017

How has the clothing and textile industry survived the tough economic conditions? “The great textile turnaround”, a feature article by Fatima Hamdulay, highlights some of the critical public-private partnerships established and key interventions implemented to turn things around. Our Western Cape clothing and textile team are very proud of the initiatives undertaken through the CCTC since 2005, and exceptionally proud to have supported the management team at K-Way on its lean journey. 

Sector focus: clothing and textiles

City of Cape Town EPIC | Q1 2016

Clothing and textiles is Cape Town’s strongest manufacturing comparative advantage industry by some margin, and is repositioning itself to take advantage of global trends like fast fashion that favours the speed at which goods can be brought to market over cheap goods.