ARANDIS: Dantago Clothing, which manufactures children’s clothing for Woolworths South Africa, says it will be expanding its services to stores in Botswana and Lesotho. Speaking to Nampa here on Thursday, Dantago Clothing owner Collin Williams said plans are afoot to start manufacturing clothing for the two countries during the second half of this year.
The Namibian-owned company has been operating for the past 17 years. Owned by husband and wife duo Collin and Belinda Williams, it specialises in cutting, making and trimming clothing for children aged up to 16 years for Woolworths South Africa, which has several branches in Namibia and other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.
“We are trying to make Namibia more competitive as well as trying to make a difference,” Williams explained. The business has 280 full-time employees and cuts about 11 000 clothing items per day, with 8 000 garments manufactured daily for Woolworths which is then distributed in South Africa to the various chain stores.
He explained that the clothing is made according to patterns and designs provided to them by Woolworths in Cape Town. “The factory is currently undergoing renovations to expand it in order to create additional job opportunities. Our long-term plans include getting the unemployment figures in the country down,” Williams said.
He further stated that they are in the process of welcoming applications for training from members of the public, with the possibility of permanent employment after training has been completed. “We will be doubling the current workforce as well as expanding the company by 50 per cent,” he said.
In addition, Williams mentioned that the company will also be focusing on doing their own distribution instead of shipping the clothes to South Africa. He indicated that the company is also looking into exporting their products to Europe.