Africa is vital for the country’s economy, says Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel.
“We sell R 260 billion worth of goods to other African countries.
That R260-billion creates more than 160 000 jobs in South Africa,” Patel said.
These jobs were in clothing, car manufacturing and the selling of agricultural produce to other African countries.
Speaking at a general meeting with factory workers in Pretoria, he warned workers that if South Africa cut the rest of Africa out of its economy and the rest of Africa cut South Africa out of its economy, people in the country would lose their jobs.
“We need to stop the attacks on fellow Africans. We need to deal with the frustrations and problems in a different way.”
The top countries to which South Africa’s clothing industry sold were Mozambique, Zambia, the US and Zimbabwe.
The top countries it sold to in the footwear and leather products sector were Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.
In the textiles sector, the top country to which South Africa sold was Zimbabwe.
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