Stitching together career development

The Technology Station: Clothing and Textiles recently celebrated their most recent crop of short course graduates.

Acting Dean of the Engineering Faculty, Prof Mellet Moll, was on hand to award certificates to the nine learners who successfully completed four short learning programmes.

Technology Station: Clothing and Textiles (TSCT) Manager Shamil Isaacs said it was important to recognise the achievements of the industry based learners who sacrificed their free time on Saturdays to attend classes.

“Also, to appreciate the support of participating host companies Pep, Seagull Industries, K-way and Sweet Orr and acknowledge the supporting stakeholders and funders who are the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing SETA, the Technology Innovation Agency and CPUT as the host institution,” said Isaacs.

The learners completed Introduction to Pattern and Garment Technology; Textiles and Fabrics; Computer Pattern Making; and Product and Labour Costing.

The TSCT has a menu of 18 registered short courses on its brochure, focusing on areas such as Pre-Production Technology or Textiles. About 12 of these run on a regular basis, dependent on demand in any given year. The TSCT also offers customisable programmes based on consultation with businesses as part of a company’s internal staff development programme.

The short course brochure and application form for 2019 are now available on the CPUT website.

Isaacs pointed out a key driver of the TSCT is to support small business and emerging techno-entrepreneurs with a particular emphasis on previous disadvantaged persons.

One of the learners who collected her certificate of completion is Jackie Bezuidenhout. Manufacturing Technologist for Pepkor Clothing, she considered doing the short courses worth her time. “We learnt a lot and I would recommend doing these short courses to my colleagues,” said Bezuidenhout.

Article taken from CPUT Bulletin

Written by Theresa Smith

Uplifting our communities

The TSCT has been planting the seeds for job creation across South Africa through the Extending the Footprint (EGF) Project . The programme has shown that it is possible to train learners to manufacture their own school dress in one week. The training focuses on the basic clothing production methods used in an industrial environment.

Subsidised services offered on the EGF project:

  • Human capital development- one day workshops , one week and two week training sessions.
  • Product Development- Technical Drawings, pattern-making and grading services.
  • Product testing and analysis – Various fabric testing services.
  • Manufacturing advice – Audits and process improvements (productivity and quality).

For more info:

T: 021 959 6826


Pics are of Botrivier and Vyeboom training respectively.


H&M Foundation visit

Erik Bank of the H&M foundation visited the Clothing and Textile Technology Department at Cape Peninsula University of Technology to present the Global Change Award (worth 1million Euros) to students and staff. He was accompanied by 2016 winner Valentina Logobardo.


Mothers unite

Small business participants under the banner of “Mothers Unite” an NPO based in Lavender Hill on the Cape Flats joined the Technology Station Clothing and Textiles on a 2 day programme “INTRODUCTION TO INDUSTRIAL SEWING MACHINE PRACTICE” presented by facilitator Norma Waggenaar.

The participants were able to complete a skirt containing darts, a zip and a waistband to a high quality standard within the 2day period.
For any enquiries or more information
T: 021 959 6826


Atlantis Youth Project

The Technology Station: Clothing and Textiles hosted a group of 26 Young Entrepreneurs from Atlantis (± 75 KM from Cape Town on the West Coast) on a screen printing training programme. The training hopefully helps these entrepreneurs to add value to their fabrics.

The Technology Station: Clothing and Textiles would like to thank Patrick and Bradley of National Screen Digital Supplies who selflessly gave of their resources and time to the project, Mrs. Geraldine Geswindt who made the initial contact with the Technology Station: Clothing and Textiles, Mr. Charles Martienesen, principal of Atlantis Senior Secondary School who noted his willingness to accommodate the entrepreneurs as an incubator and TIA for supporting the Technology Station: Clothing and Textiles to extend its footprint.

For further Information
Contact Rushdeen
Technology Station: Clothing and Textiles, Project Manager

National Science Week

The Technology Station Clothing and Textile (TSCT) in conjunction with the Technology Innovation Agency attended the National Science Week exhibition held at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Missionvale Campus, Port Elizabeth) on Saturday the 5th August 2017. The TSCT staff viz. Deidre, Lisa, and Daniel conducted 3D body scans of visitors to the stall.

For 3D Body Scanning/size studies
Contact: Deidre Windvogel
Tel: 021 959 6821/6826 EMAIL :

AOEN Wifi Recharging bag

Innovator, Shalton Mothwa displays his patented AOEN bag (Wifi Recharging bag) at the National Science Week exhibition. The project was a collaboration between the Technology Station Electronics (TSE) based at Tswane University of Technology and the Technology Station Clothing and Textile (TSCT) based at CPUT.



Sewing programme empowers residents

CPUT lecturers have contributed their own time and skills to assist disadvantaged individuals empower themselves with a saleable skill.

The Technology Station Clothing and Textiles (TSCT) along with the City of Cape Town Enterprise Development Unit have been visiting impoverished communities around the Peninsula, informing them about support they could provide.

On one of these visits the TSCT met up with a group of SMME’s (small, medium and micro enterprises) in Mfuleni that required support, says TSCT manager, Shamil Isaacs.

The TSCT developed a six-hour pull-on skirt programme, which enables the SMMEs to gain enough basic skills to develop and sew a basic pull-on skirt which they can make to sell.

The main objective is to transfer knowledge through university resources to empower disadvantaged communities.

This will allow them to create opportunities for themselves and indirectly stimulate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The programme was conducted over two half days.

Deidre Windvogel, the lab technician responsible for product development at the TSCT, provided instructions on how to make a pull-on skirt pattern and using simple techniques create individual designs and make fit adjustments. This was conducted at Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha.

Norma Wagenaar, the lab technician responsible for garment technology in the Clothing and Textile Technology Department, took the participants through the paces of sewing the skirt and ensuring that a high, saleable quality standard was achieved.

A total of 32 participants from Mfuleni received training and a more advanced programme is being planned for the future.

The TSCT is based at the Bellville Campus and provides support to SMMEs in the Clothing and Textile sector