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Friday, 03 November 2017 16:07

Press Alert: Immediate

The Cosatu-Affliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) will embark on a nationwide protest against H&M and Zara tomorrow (Saturday 4th November 2017). Over the last two years our clothing, textile, footwear and leather (CTFL) industry has experienced a renewed wave of job losses and factory closures. One of the key reasons is the entry and growth of large international retailers like Zara, H&M and Cotton On.

These retailers conduct business in our country, but  they carry no South African made products and they snip market share from many South African retailers which stock South African made goods. These foreign retailers cause fewer orders in South African factories which contribute to local retrenchments and factory closures. South Africa cannot afford further unemployment and poverty.

SACTWU wants these retailers to procure locally manufactured products and have offered them assistance in sourcing quality local suppliers. Talks have been opened with Cotton On, but the same cannot be said for H&M and Zara.

We want to highlight the damage that is being caused to our domestic clothing industry and we will have a presence at H&M and Zara stores nationwide.

All protests will take place on 4 November between 09h30 and 13h30.

Details of nationwide protests below:

Kwa-Zulu Natal:

Galleria Mall, Umhlanga

Western Cape:

Cavendish Square
Canal Walk
Somerset Mall
V&A Waterfront


Sandton Mall
China Mall-Pretoria

Eastern Cape:

Motherwell Shopping Centre

East London:

China Mall Beacon Bay


China City


We invite members of the media to cover the various protests.


Issued By

Andre Kriel

General Secretary



For further information and comment contact SACTWU’s Media Officer Nazmia Leite, on cell number 0721986061.