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Source Africa 2017 promotes the Africa Advantage

Published: 3rd Apr 2017
Author: Deidre Harte; LTE

Cape Town (SA) – ‘Africa is on the Move’. A report from McKinsey & Co. saw African countries being mentioned for the first time in the list of top sourcing destinations for apparel, textiles and footwear. When survey respondents were asked if they plan to increase sourcing from African countries between now and 2020, the list of countries that were mentioned included South Africa, Mauritius, Lesotho, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, Egypt and Swaziland. There is also an increasing demand from African sourcing agents and retailers to source within the region as the benefits of intra-regional trade have become increasingly attractive. So, the timing is perfect to exhibit at Source Africa this year which will take place on 24 & 25 May 2017, CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa.

        Source Africa will be in its 5th year and has become an important trade event in Africa for the footwear, apparel and textile industries. It is rapidly becoming the ‘go-to’ event for international and regional buyers and industry professionals. Says William Scalco, Organiser of Source Africa, ‘We are marketing the event extensively to international and regional buyers from chain stores, independent retailers, mini-chains, sourcing agents, importers, distributors, production and factory managers and other important industry decision makers. Exhibitors already include country Pavilions from Mauritius (Enterprise Mauritius), Lesotho (Lesotho National Development Corporation), South Africa (TIKZN), Kenya (International Trade Centre and Trade Mark East Africa), Botswana (BITC) and individual participating from South Africa, Tanzania, Madagascar, Turkey, India, Lithuania, Poland to mention a few.


Source Africa Programme as @ 30 March 2017
Tuesday, 23 May 17:30pm – 20:00pm: Cocktail Reception
The who’s who in the industry will be attending including exhibitors, media, buyers, Trade Organisations and Industry Associations.

 Wednesday, 24 May 08:30am - 10:30am: Technology Sessions Presented by –
Jürgen Brockmann, Director, Thies GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Bruno Caffieri, Sales Manager, Picanol, Belgium
Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Germany
10:00am - 17:00pm: Source Africa Trade Show
11:00am - 17:00pm: Fashion Walks, Industry Presentations, Exhibitor Promotions

Thursday, 25 May 08:30am - 10:30am: WGSN Trendtalk Seminar: Menswear/Women’s Wear Spring/Summer 2018 Buyers’ Briefing
Presented by Sara Maggioni, Director of Retail, WGSN, United Kingdom
10:00am - 17:00: Source Africa Trade Show
11:00am - 17:00pm: Fashion Walks, Industry Presentations, Exhibitor Promotions

For more information, contact the Organisers, Lte – leaders in trade exhibitions, Tel: +27 21 790 5849, Email: To EXHIBIT or VISIT, register online at

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