Tuesday, 05 September 2006 13:42
Press statement for immediate release
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has joined other civil society organizations and labour in welcoming the recently gazetted quotas on clothing and textile imports from China .
It leaves a fond hope that government will in future not hesitate to intervene and do the same in other threatened sectors of economy in order to save and create more jobs. The agreement, accordingly sets quantitative targets on specified clothing and textile products and will be for a limited period from 1 October this year until the end of 2008.
We are much more happier, particularly that a new dawn has emerged for the clothing and textile industry which was on the brink of a virtual collapse especially that the agreement will help create more than 55 000 new jobs. A growing and commanding sector will benefit the local manufacturing sector and help us move towards achieving targets set by the Growth and Development Summit of halving unemployment by 2014.
The announcement follows more than a year's negotiations between the governments of China and South Africa . T he ever-increasing volumes of imports from China have had devastating effect in the country, with factory closures in the poorest parts of the country such as Dimbaza in the Eastern Cape , which have become industrial ghost towns and mushrooming exploitative sweatshops coming to the fore .
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Mziwakhe Hlangani, national information officer @ 0829407116 or 011-6891700