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...