South African retailers including The Foschini Group Ltd. and Woolworths Holdings Ltd. are increasing investment in local clothing manufacturers – both to reduce a dependency on Chinese imports and secure a supply chain thrown into disarray by Covid-19 restrictions. BizNews reports that the companies have signed up to an industry plan that includes a target to source 65% of their goods from local manufacturers within the next decade. The move won’t be easy though says TFG Chief Executive Officer Anthony Thunström, who explained that the industry’s decline has led to a shortage of skills, training and raw materials, meaning significant up-front investment will be required while at the same time nearby countries such as Mauritius and Madagascar are also adding to their capabilities.