The Free State is looking across the Caledon River for possible expansion of the textile industry in the province. This comes after a team from the Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (Destea) and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development visited Maseru, Lesotho as part of the Free State Trade and Investment Promotion Programme.
According to Destea the demand for quality goods is constantly growing, and establishing cross border partnerships is one of the ways that government is looking into to help grow the economy.
“Lesotho has a huge textile industry which employs in excess of more than 40 000 people, majority of which are women. There are indications that the Lesotho textile industry is not coping in satisfying the demands of the South African retail clothing market,” said Destea spokesperson, Tebogo Oepeng.
Oepeng added that with the well-developed industrial infrastructure in Phuthadititjhaba and Botshabelo as well as the MAP SEZ, the Free State can strike commercially viable and beneficial partnerships in the textile industry with Lesotho.