Key Address by the Honourable Jeff Radebe, MP, Minister in the Presidency: Launch of Ivili Loboya Textiles

23 FEBRUARY 2017   Programme Director Chairperson, Dr Vuyo Mahlati Executive Directors of Ivili Textiles Representatives from various organisations Members of the Media Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen   INTRODUCTION  It is an honour and a privilege for me to address this prestigious occasion this evening. The establishment of Ivili Textile is a very important milestone in our efforts to transform the economic landscape in South Africa. It is the culmination of many years of hard work towards the establishment of this groundbreaking initiative in the textile industry. The textile industry is one of the most strategic platforms through which we can bolster trade of South African products. I am told that the Ivili Loboya was first established in 2015, as a Wool Processing Hub at Ibika Village in Butterworth, rural Eastern Cape. We are gathered here this evening to officially launch what is regarded as Africa’s first cashmere fabric manufacturer. I must declare from the onset, Chairperson, that I would have preferred that this occasion takes place in Butterworth, your industrial base. It might be logistically convenient to host this event in the economic hub that is Johannesburg, but I believe that it would have held a greater significance if it was held in the rural areas that need development the most. If we were in Butterworth — eGcuwa, for instance, we would not only be talking about the potential impact of this initiative in abstract terms, but we would be able to point out tangible outcomes and evidence of how this initiative impacts on ordinary people’s lives. This evening, we witness the growth of this project as...
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...