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March 25th, 2013

SOURCE AFRICA 2013 – The African Textile, Apparel & Footwear Trade Event – EVENT


Africa has long been a source of inspiration for fashion trends, but for the first time it is being recognised as a valuable producer of fashion, with major retailers already actively sourcing from the continent.

In response to this growing demand for quality manufacturing and products, Source Africa, the first exclusively African textile, apparel and footwear trade event, will take place from 9-12 April at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa.

We are looking forward to attending this event as a must attend for those interested in Fashion production and manufacturing.

The trade show, which will take place on 10 & 11 April, will promote African manufacturers to both local and international decision makers, with the aim to increase market share for the continent as well as develop regional trade between African countries. Source Africa’s professional matchmaking programme pairs regional producers with regional and international retailers, brands and wholesalers. Last year this programme resulted in over 450 meetings $2m in immediate sales and $10m in carry over sales.

Source Africa Schedule

9-12 April 2013 – Cape Town, South Africa

 9 April 2013 – Opening Cocktail Reception

9 & 12 April 2013 – AAFA Business Seminars

10 & 11 April 2013 – Source Africa Trade Show & Matchmaking

 11 & 12 April 2013 – ACTIF Power Breakfasts

International buyers that have already confirmed attendance at this year’s event include representatives from Hugo Boss (Germany), Ash City Worldwide (USA), PVH Corp, Edun (USA), Ralph Lauren (USA), Marks & Spencer PLC, New Wide Group Inc, Amer Sports (France).

Africa is increasingly sought after as a competitive source of textiles, apparel and footwear products, as well as being viewed as a viable contender in the luxury market. Source Africa provides manufacturers the opportunity to showcase the quality, creativity, and professionalism of African products.

The event opens with a day of business seminars led by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) on 9 April, from leading trade delegates from around the world, and opened with a keynote address by The Honourable Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade & Industry, Republic of South Africa.

Two days of trade show and business matchmaking follow, with power breakfasts led by the African Cotton & Textiles Industries Federation (ACTIF) on 10 and 11 April. The event concludes with a further day of AAFA business seminars on 12 April.

The trade show will feature country pavilions as the centrepiece of more than 130 African exhibitors interested in growing their exports.  Countries already represented at the event include Mauritius, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia, Madgascar, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Ethopia, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

The trade show stands will include products ranging from fashion brands, accessories, clothing, footwear, textiles, home fabrics, through to interlinings, trims and threads, machinery, display products, and IT solutions.

The business seminar line up will address the benefits of sourcing from Africa, what buyers are looking for, and highlight investment opportunities in the region. The programme includes discussions on infrastructure, logistics, transportation and best practice – focusing on getting a product to consumers once it is manufactured in Africa. The seminars will delve into compliance issues, as well as sustainability, social responsibility and environmental impact.

With the African apparel and footwear industry emerging as a key stakeholder in the international market, Source Africa provides the perfect opportunity for manufacturers, wholesalers, brands and retailers to connect with this rapidly developing sector.

Source Africa is presented by LTE South Africa, an accredited, South African based trade show organiser with more than 20 years of experience covering all aspects of the exhibition industry.


+27 21 790 5849


and is supported by

USAID Southern African Trade Hub

AAFA (American Apparel & Footwear Association)

AMSA (Apparel Manufacturers of SA)

ACTIF (African Cotton & Textile Industry Federation)

SAFLEC (SA Footwear & Leather Export Council)

SATIEC (SA Textile Industry Export Council)

CTFC (Cape Town Fashion Council)

the DTI

SA Technical Textile Cluster


Trade & Investment KZN (TIKZN)

Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industry

LNDC (Lesotho National Development Corporation)

Enterprise Mauritius

Madagascar (Textile Mada Group)

MITC (Malawi Investment & Trade Centre)

BITC (Botswana Investment & Trade Centre)

CPI/IPEX Mozambique

SIPA (Swaziland Investment Promotion Authority)

ZDA (Zambia Development Agency)


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