DTI bemoans Olympic kits

2012-04-17 14:19

Johannesburg - The trade and industry department on Tuesday criticised a SASCOC decision to use foreign suppliers to make the kit for the SA Olympic and Paralympic Games teams.

"This is despite competitive capabilities available among domestic manufacturers and represents a lost opportunity in terms of domestic sales and jobs," the department said in a statement.

"Local manufacturers require the support of all local procurement agents."

The decision by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) was disappointing, it said.

In a statement released earlier this month SASCOC said the kit, which would serve the teams for both the London Olympic games later this year and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, would be produced by Chinese manufacturer Erke.

SASCOC president Gideon Sam defended the decision, saying Erke had provided a sponsorship valued at around four million US dollars, and that no South African company had been willing to take it up.

The department said South Africa's textiles, clothing, leather and footwear sectors were showing signs of recovery and stability.

"This is due to the collective efforts... to raise the capabilities and competitiveness of the industry."

The recovery of the industry was being led by the department's clothing and textiles competitiveness programme, it said. Through the programme local manufacturers were becoming globally competitive.

SASCOC had also come under fire from the SA Clothing and Textile Workers' Union, the Proudly South African "buy local" campaign, and the Congress of SA Trade Unions.


  • Deon - 2012-04-17 14:36

    It is a bit difficult to compete against a company that does it for free / pay you.

  • Stormkaap - 2012-04-17 14:44

    Alternatively they(DTI) find sponsors for the kit..otherwise shut up!!

  • Cris - 2012-04-17 14:52

    DTI should have come in before this Chinese sportswear firm and told the so called local sports manufacturers to get moving. Adidas and Nike also don't want to be associated with a country that can only do 2 medals every four years when there is USA,Jamaica,Great Britain, Germany,Russia,China,Kenya to look at. Let's be real here.

  • Kevin - 2012-04-17 15:03

    No wonder the SA manufacturers can't provide a $4-million sponsorship. Is it really costing us SAR28 million to send a team to 2 events?

      Deon - 2012-04-17 15:10

      The admin. team might be bigger than the athletes.

  • Gordon - 2012-04-17 15:40

    we are incapable of producing hi-tech sportsgear. We simple do not have the factories to do so. That has been the case for 15 years +. (maybe when cosatu. ANC and government stops importing red t-shirts they can start telling others to do the same)

  • tebogo.mereyotlhe - 2012-04-17 15:44

    this is badluck....another event with no medal i say...SASCOC Board should be suspended for failing to create jobs in the clothing sector....damn u Gideon

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-17 15:53

    China is, was and always will be the default manufacturer of official sports uniforms. why the uproar now when not a peep was heard during the Fifa world cup about all the Chinese kit that was imported and sold locally at massive 3 digit profit margins?

  • Graham - 2012-04-17 19:40

    Ask Gideon what his commission was?

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