Our Vision

The Sustainable Cotton Cluster programme brings together the entire cotton value chain, including the public sector, organised labour, consumer organisations, service providers and dedicated cluster management.

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The Sustainable Cotton Cluster is a programme of Cotton SA.

Cotton SA is made up of all role-players in the cotton industry. It operates as a non-profit company performing various essential functions, from providing information to overseeing the cotton sector strategic plan.

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Provide farmers with preferential access to procurement networks, price stability and access to funding.


Improve skills and enhance creativity and quality for weavers

Yarn Manufacturers

Sustain spinning mills by increasing local supply of high quality local yarn.


Protect and promote local businesses while creating positive consumer demand for outstanding products

Dyers & Finishing Plants

Maintain critical and traditional textile processing skills within the local industry


Consumers are as responsible for ensuring a sustainable future for the cotton sector as the producers along the sector supply chain.

Our Role

The Sustainable Cotton Cluster’s role is to build capacity in the Southern African cotton industry value chain.

As a non-profit organisation, we bring together both the private and public sector organisations involved in the entire cotton industry value chain, including producers, organised labour, consumer organisations and service providers, to stabilise employment and improve overall competitiveness in the cotton industry.

In short: we are moving our industry towards a fully sustainable cotton value chain.

A Southern African cotton industry value chain with sufficient capacity is stronger, more resilient and more robust.

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Consumer Driven

Imagine if local and international consumers opt for fully traceable sustainable cotton apparel and household products

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Government Leading Change

Imagine if the South African public sector only procures fully traceable sustainable cotton products that comply with the 100% local content designation

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Industry Collaboration

Imagine an active sector supported by supply chain-specific sub-national clusters.

This picture – in which sustainable is the new norm – can become a reality as long as we commit to collaborating to achieve a shared vision of the world we want to operate in.


The Sustainable Cotton Cluster (SCC) was established in June 2014, funded by an initial grant of R200 million from the Department of Trade and Industry (dti). The grant supports a five-year plan to establish a strong momentum for the growth and development of the Southern African cotton sub-national cluster.

The SCC will oversee eight existing sub-clusters across the industry, bringing the sector back together, creating jobs and incubating opportunities for small business participation throughout the value chain.

During our first year, we established two pilot programmes: a consumer programme with the Mr Price Group; and a programme with the public sector to develop the concept of building a fully integrated, more sustainable cotton supply chain. By the end of the first five years, it is estimated that 7 000 - 8 000 jobs will have been created as a result of this investment.