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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Innovative support for clothing and textile industry

HELPING HAND: Fundiswa Ngoma, owner of Queen Bee’s and CPUT’s Daniel Abrahams, who has provided her with support to grow her local school clothing manufacturing business HELPING HAND: Fundiswa Ngoma, owner of Queen Bee’s and CPUT’s Daniel Abrahams, who has provided her with support to grow her local school clothing manufacturing business

Small business owner Fundiswa Ngoma is making her name in the clothing and textile industry thanks to CPUT.

Ngoma is just one of the many small businesses who have been given a life-line by the university’s Technology Station in Clothing and Textiles (TSCT).

Based at the Bellville Campus, the TSCT provides innovation support to the clothing and textile industry and is changing the face of the industry, one small business at a time.

Their innovative teaching methods is a huge success and Ngoma, who run runs Queen Bee’s, a Khayelitsha based school clothing manufacturer company, can testify to that.

A chemist by trade, this CPUT alumnus spent several years working in her field in Johannesburg, but a move to back Cape Town saw her change her career path and start her own business. Keen to boost her business, Ngoma turned to the TSCT for help.

The TSCT assisted Ngoma with creating customized patterns, helped her to improve the production process and put her in touch with suppliers in the industry.

“My sense of imagination and creativity was challenged, but the TSCT is helping me to kinder that creativeness,” she says.

From just working with two schools, Ngoma now boasts a staff of 10 and supplies 10 schools with uniforms and sportswear and hopes to expand her business.

“I call the TSCT my big brother. They have held my hand throughout this process,” she says.

CPUT’s Daniel Abrahams, who has worked closely with Ngoma, says they analysed her specific situation and zoned in on the areas that needed attention.

Abrahams says they will continue to work with Ngoma, who has also enrolled for one of their part-time courses.

Other small business in the clothing and textile industry that are in need of innovative support can contact the Technology Station in Clothing and Textiles at  +27 (0)21 959 6826 or techstation@cput.ac.za / isaacssh@cput.ac.za

For more information on the services on offer, visit their website.

Written by Candes Keating

Tel: +27 21 959 6311
Email: keatingc@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Engineering and Applied Sciences Faculties; the Bellville and Wellington Campuses, and research and innovation news.