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The R-CTFL Masterplan

Official launch of the R-CTFL Masterplan

Over the last several months, since B&M Analysts submitted the final recommendations for the R-CTFL Masterplan to the Minister of Trade and Industry, the newly named Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has been leading the process of finalising the Masterplan in consultation with various stakeholders. Through hosting regular engagements with groups representing organised labour, retail, and manufacturing, the DTIC has sought to build a roadmap for effective implementation of the Masterplan recommendations.

Of specific interest to CCTC members, most of whom are CTFL manufacturers, is that retailers, organised labour, and manufacturers were each asked to make specific commitments relating to growing the portion of CTFL products procured locally, including the following:

  • Major retailers have each committed to onshoring the manufacture of particular products to increase the percentage of their retail products produced/procured locally from 44% today to 65% by 2030.
  • Manufacturer associations, including SAAA and ATASA, have committed to assist their members with building the manufacturing skills base required to meet the retailers’ local procurement commitments in partnership with productivity and training organisations countrywide.
  • Organised labour has committed to working with relevant stakeholders to increase labour flexibility within the CTFL sector.

The R-CTFL Masterplan was officially signed and launched by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel, on 6 November 2019 at the South Africa Investment Conference in Sandton, Johannesburg.

We are actively trying to obtain more details around the specific commitments made by the various stakeholders regarding the implementation of the Masterplan and will share this information with the CCTC membership as soon as it becomes available.

The CCTC looks forward to engaging further with the finalised Masterplan commitments, proactively aligning our mandate to this industry strategy and working with our membership and other stakeholders to support the realisation of a vibrant CTFL industry in the Western Cape.

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.