Pure Proteas not SA enough

2011-03-30 15:04

Johannesburg - The SA Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (Sactwu) on Wednesday called for an "urgent meeting" with Cricket South Africa to explain why so few local manufacturers were used for the Proteas' gear at the Cricket World Cup.

"For the sake of the national cricket team, in order not to increase the burden of pressure on them and cause them to choke, and since we did not want to be blamed for such an eventuality, Sactwu did not publicly pursue the matter when it became apparent that Cricket SA was not adhering to its commitments made at our meeting of 30 September 2010," said Sactwu general secretary Andre Kriel in a statement.

"Instead we chose to wait until a suitable time to address the matter with you. That time has arrived, since our team has regrettably been knocked out of the World Cup."

Sactwu said cricket authorities failed to stick to undertakings that were made last year.

"You also undertook certain commitments to increase the levels of local manufacturing for Proteas World Cup-related clothing products and advised that you would revert to us with progress in this regard.

"We have subsequently not heard from you, despite reminder correspondence sent by my office," said Kriel.

"We call for a further urgent meeting with you in which we expect Cricket SA to account for this situation and make real, concrete commitments to local procurement."


  • Johan Jooste - 2011-03-30 15:16

    I agree that "Locally Made" should be supported at all cost if possible.

      DeonL - 2011-03-30 15:25

      Yes, CSA should be able to afford it.

      Daniel Schutte - 2011-03-30 15:26

      I disagree, if it costs more to manufacture locally - you steal from the local consumers. Unless it is competitive - go where it's produced the most economically.

      nieldv - 2011-03-30 15:30

      I agree with Daniel. The kit is unaffordable at best. If you want to make the clothes, then do it cheaper

      vicj - 2011-03-30 18:09

      Then speak to your unions who strike for more but does not consider the local factories who then have to close doors in the end. Pay a wage to live, lets keep people employed but if you want to support China, there will be no jobs in SA.

  • Derek Chapma - 2011-03-30 15:26

    "For the sake of the national cricket team, in order not to increase the burden of pressure on them and cause them to choke" - What..... were the shirts too tight that the Proteas wore??

      WeZo - 2011-03-31 14:57

      i didnt get that either?!! haha

  • GT - 2011-03-30 15:30

    They have never heard of technical wear that is incapable of being made here. Our sports kit industry is limited to TEESAV PT pant! Anyway, COSATU buy their t-shirts from China, why can't the proteas?

  • Efpee - 2011-03-30 15:32

    They probably used a lot of NZ manufacturers. Hence the reason they can't rid themselves of the chokers tag.

      infidel - 2011-03-30 18:12

      What a typical brainless SA loser statement is this. NZ chokers??? They beat YOU, you idiot, now let that stick in your throat you moron.

      WeZo - 2011-03-31 15:00

      haha agree!!! NZ still coughing. If AllBlacks choke again this year then they definately worse than our cricket side!

      WeZo - 2011-03-31 15:01

      haha agree!!! NZ still coughing. If AllBlacks choke again this year then they definately worse than our cricket side!

  • semaj - 2011-03-30 15:35

    Cricket SA can only sell if a price is appealing to a consumer. So it now appears that local manufacturers must have been pricing themselves out of a market. It is about time we woke up to chinese commercial imperialism. Do not buy the finished product from them, I have had too many chinese imports fail within weeks of purchase

  • Wacko - 2011-03-30 15:42

    Your locals are to damm expensive .........................

  • rugby_guru - 2011-03-30 15:47

    Its like anything, all under the table BS...

  • Zambezi - 2011-03-30 16:09

    Maybe SACTWU can organise for it's members to be able to produce clothing at the same price as India / China. Then we will support them!!!! Uneducated idiots - no idea of economics.

  • patrice - 2011-03-30 16:09

    Where else in the world can a manufacturer (here represented by their Union) demand that anybody - private or corporate - buy their products, no matter what the price tag or the quality ?? These guys have lost the plot completely. Next they will be demanding Bafana play in Bata Toughees.

  • Gorilla - 2011-03-30 16:12

    These supporters tee shirts are purchased oveseas, as are all the government tee shirts and iec shirts. They all bleat about using local suppliers but usually some guy who has an inside track will secure the job by getting local quotes and source the garments from the east making a huge margin that goes into his pocket.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-30 16:12

    100% Proudly South African...Why use Chinese apparel that's made of dog hair. Local is Lekker..

  • The Observer - 2011-03-30 16:35

    As if the SWC used locals. Remeber the uproar from Cosatu regarding the manufacturing of the maskot.

  • globi - 2011-03-30 17:31

    You guys should all read the story before make any comments. The question is : Has cricket South Africa made a commitment toward Sactwu or not ? If the have they should stick to it.

  • Wow! - 2011-03-30 17:57

    I feel that as long as we are in the right ball park pricing wise - and by taht I do not mean necessaily the cheapest - then we should use SA manufacturers.

  • vicj - 2011-03-30 19:31

    Period, ban all Chinese imports or a 300% import duty. Save SA clothing/footwear industry who are labour intensive.

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