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Thursday, 01 May 2008 16:41

 

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VIVA Wear South African viva! Seven hundred garment industry graduates dressed in academic gowns, marched through Cape Town in celebration of International Labour Day today (1 May) after receiving certificates for skills ranging from pattern making to fabric production at the Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather (CTFL) SETA learnership graduation at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in what has been the country's biggest Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) graduation to date. Opening the graduation ceremony, Andre Kriel, SA Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU)'s Deputy General Secretary, emphasised the union's unequivocal determination to ensure the future growth and competitiveness of the industry through concerted skills development and on-going training programmes. It marks the fourth year that the graduation takes place under SACTWU's Cape Town Fashion Festival banner as a collaboration between the union and the CTFL SETA to endorse the importance of skills development in the industry. The CTFL Seta Graduation is one of several events on SACTWU's annual Cape Town Fashion Festival which gets under way from today until 17 May.

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Issued by: Estelle Cooper. Cooper Public Relations.

Tel: +27 11 705 1714 Fax: 086 632 8005 mobile:  +27 82 55 74818

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For more info: Etienne Vlok and Fachmy Abrahams, Fashion Festival Coordinators, SA Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (Sactwu).Tel: 021 – 4474570 Fax: 021– 4474593 Mobile : 082 4480506 (Etienne) or 073 3067605 (Fachmy).

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CTFL Industry Background – Facts and Figures

An Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) study from May 2005 showed that clothing is the most labour intensive sector in South Africa . Labour intensity is measured by the number of jobs created per R1 million output in a given sector. Every R1 million worth of output in the clothing sector creates almost 11 jobs. On average, the entire economy creates 3.5 jobs for every R1 million worth of output. Thus, clothing creates three times as many jobs as the average across the entire economy.

The top 10 job-creating sectors in South Africa are:

Clothing (10.88 jobs for every R1 million of output)

Agriculture (9.25 jobs)

Catering and accommodation (8.6 jobs)

Furniture (6.36 jobs)

Wood and wood products (5.55 jobs)

Other services (5.48 jobs)

Footwear (4.65 jobs)

Gold mining (4.58 jobs)

Electrical machinery (4.48 jobs)

Printing and publishing (4.06 jobs).

Gender

The CTFL sector is a key employer of women. The CTFL SETA found that two thirds of all CTFL workers are women. This is significant as the benefit of female employment to families is significant as women primarily use their incomes to care for their families.

Rural Development

The CTFL sector is a significant employer in rural areas. Approximately 43% of South Africa 's workers work in the rural and peri-urban areas (that is outside the major cities including Pretoria , Johannesburg , Durban , Port Elizabeth and Cape Town ) but in the CTFL industry, this goes up to 47% of workers. This is significant as it creates much needed work zones in depressed rural areas.

Issued by: Estelle Cooper. Cooper Public Relations.

Tel: +27 11 705 1714 Fax: 086 632 8005 mobile:  +27 82 55 74818

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For more info: Etienne Vlok and Fachmy Abrahams, Fashion Festival Coordinators, SA Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (Sactwu).Tel: 021 – 4474570 Fax: 021– 4474593 Mobile : 082 4480506 (Etienne) or 073 3067605 (Fachmy).

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