Eastern Cape becomes the home of South Africa’s Natural Fibre Hub

Eastern Cape becomes the home of South Africa’s Natural Fibre Hub
Evili Business Linkages (EBL) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) sign a collaboration agreement to build on each other’s strength as they establish South Africa’s Natural Fibre Hub in rural Butterworth in the Eastern Cape Province. 
EBL, the founder of and major investor at Ivili Loboya, the Wool Processing Facility in Butterworth, has signed a collaboration agreement with CSIR through its Operating Unit of Materials Science and Manufacturing. Commenting on the agreement, Dr Mamoeletsi Mosia, Competence Area Manager: Polymers & Composites at CSIR said: “We envisage that through this partnership we will not only introduce new and innovative products to the South African market, but we will also contribute to the improvement of the quality of lives of the people of South Africa, in particular the Eastern Cape through, among other things, job creation.”
The agreement is focused on utilizing the two parties’ respective expertise in establishing a globally competitive natural fibre hub with initial focus on cashmere/wool fibres,  marking the launch of the first ever Cashmere  Commercial Processing Enterprise in South Africa.
Dr Vuyo Mahlati, an innovative Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Ivili Loboya emphasized that, “there can be no better approach than technology-based African industrialization through rural based value chains, using indigenous resources and traditional skills. The many years of investment in research and business development are finally paying off.  Our enterprise has created markets for the undervalued indigenous Imbuzi/Nguni goats and sheep.  This is good news for communal farmers. CSIR’s and our expertise in natural fibre beneficiation and product development creates the solid base needed as we venture into this new industry.”
Issued by: Evili Business Linkages (EBL)