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.


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