The 12-month youth development initiative will empower 60 business-minded township youth from Mabopane (Gauteng), Umlazi (KwaZulu-Natal), and Gugulethu (Western Cape) with knowledge and skills in the fashion and the textiles sector.
“The programme targets specific areas for the simple reason that we can leverage existing networks that we have created, which makes things easier for us when the time comes for us to make placements for experiential learning (internships),” says Dichabe.
He says there are plenty of opportunities in the domestic and the export market.
“There is a big demand for products made in South Africa. We are simply letting the opportunities slip away,” laments Dichabe.
“We also need a legislative framework that supports the industry to avoid foreign dominance of our textile industry.”Read more