Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ms Nomalungelo Gina stated that without the South African footwear and leather industry, the economy of KwaZulu-Natal and the country, and the level of unemployment would be worse than the current state.
This comes after she, together with the manufacturers within the footwear, handbag and leather goods industry, stakeholders from the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government, United States of America Consulate, and the eThekwini Municipality had their first in-person networking event hosted by the industry, since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, in Durban last night Thursday 4th August 2022.
Gina stipulated that the KwaZulu-Natal footwear and leather industry managed to stay resilient and refused to go down despite the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns, unrests and the floods that ravaged the province. Instead it remained steadfast in its determination to continue operating.
She further says, as government they commit to work with the industry to help it regain its market share, and to also achieve the targets that are set in the South African Retail-Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather (R-CTFL) Value Chain Master plan.