The Coronavirus pandemic presented an opportunity for investing in local manufacturing, from PPE to everyday clothing. Local clothing and textile supply chains, due to a strict union presence within the industry, has been cited as costly compared to countries where wages are relatively lower. Yet, the pandemic has impacted international trade and countries have been forced to turn inward for production support. As it stands, South Africa is reliant on imports for retail, raw materials for production, and even agricultural inputs such as fertiliser. As Africa prepares to implement the African Continental Free Trade Area, building the capacity of local supply chains is necessary for the agreement to deliver on promised benefits. Is the local manufacturing sector attracting adequate investment for its growth and technological advancement?
Watch AFI Masterclass as Frannie Léautier (Senior Partner at SouthBridge Group), Dr. Vuyo Mahlati (Founder of Dedani Collection), Gillian Pais (Partner at McKinsey & Company), Kelvyn Breetzke (Former Managing Director of Da Gama Textile) and Nicole Moonsamy (IDC, Textile Unit) discuss the Impact of Covid-19 on the textile and manufacturing industries in Africa.