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Cotton On Launches Online Store in South Africa!

Cotton On fans rejoice, the Cotton On Group, is now offering South African customers new ways to shop the fashion brand in South Africa with an official online store! Offering 24/7 access to Cotton On’s seven popular brands, the new Cotton On South Africa online store introduces even more convenience into the lives of South African fashionistas.

Housing seven brands; including Cotton On, Cotton On Kids, Cotton On Body, Rubi, Typo, Factorie and Supré, the online destination will offer the same shopping experience the group has become known for, all at the click of a button.

As well as being completely mobile friendly, the store also makes it super easy for you to get your Cotton On fix with both Click & Collect and Store to Door delivery options. If you’d rather pop into the store to collect your items then simply select Click and Collect as your delivery option and head to your nearest Cotton On store (as selected online) to collect your items.

If you’re not a fan of leaving the house then the Store to Door will allow you to order from any Cotton On store and have it delivered right to your door! The online store will offer free delivery on any order over R500 as well as free in store returns.

But that’s not all! On 30 January 2018, the group will also launch its first rewards programme, CottonOn & Co. Perks. The rewards program will offer customers the opportunity to earn rewards for shopping. Perks include Payday rewards, R100 vouchers whenever R1000 is spent across any of the seven brands; special previews, and exclusive offers.

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To celebrate the launch of the rewards programme, there will be “perks” all day as CottonOn & Co takes over Mall of Africa on Saturday, 3 February 2018 and Canal Walk Shopping Center on Saturday, 10 February 2018. Shoppers will find all seven brands giving away loads of prizes such as gift cards and pressies in Cotton On stores from 09:00 until stock runs out.

To shop the online store now or to sign up to CottonOn & Co. perks (from 30 January) visit the Cotton On online store here.

Want more fashion news? check out our Fashion section for style tips, news on sales, and more great fashion related reads.


South Africa key to Cotton On’s African growth

The Cotton On Group has officially launched its regional headquarters in South Africa, cementing its commitment to South Africa as the cornerstone of its operations in the region. The group also celebrated its 100th store opening in South Africa, defining the region as the fastest growing of all 17 countries in which the group operates.

The Cotton On Group welcomed guests to Katy’s Palace Bar in Sandton to celebrate some of the exciting milestones the group has reached in South Africa including its 100th store opening and launch of its Johannesburg head quarters.

The Australian group, considered one of the fastest growing retail groups in the world, has grown its South African operation from one store and a workforce of 15 people in 2011 to 1300 people, selling 25 million units to 7.5 million customers, since commencement.

“Johannesburg is our first regional office outside our headquarters in Australia and has now paved the way for the opening of our regional offices in the US and Singapore,” says Michael Hardwick, Cotton On Group chief financial officer.

“South Africa plays a critical role in the ongoing success of our business and is a key contributor to the 30% growth we have achieved globally for the past three years. In 2013, the group opened 27 stores in 27 days in the lead up to Christmas, surpassing R1 billion in sales.”

Future growth within Africa and beyond

With no plans to slow down, the group intends its 100 stores to become 300 in the region and the team of 1300 people to grow to 3000 within five years. “South Africa is rich with talented, innovative and forward thinking individuals. Our team here play a crucial role in shaping why South Africa is set to become a driving force in cementing our plans for future growth, both within Africa and beyond,” says Johan van Wyk, Cotton On Group South African country manager.

“For the group, the successful expansion of our operations is underpinned by the guiding principles: invest in people, ideas, leadership and resources and do this in countries such as South Africa that are led by people who share the same like-minded principles,” he concludes.

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South Africa is cementing itself as the Cotton On Group’s most exciting new frontier, with store numbers growing rapidly to meet customer demand and a new regional headquarters and distribution centre established.

Since the first South African store opened its doors in 2011, the country has quickly become the Group’s fastest growing market. The store footprint in the country now extends to over 100, including the opening of 27 stores in 27 days in the weeks leading up to Christmas 2013.

And the data speaks for itself – 7.5 million customers reached so far and six Cotton On Group brands now operating in the region.

Cotton On Group Chief Financial Officer, Michael Hardwick, says the Group is committed to making further investments in South Africa by expanding the store network to introduce more brands and reach more customers.

Our new regional head office in Johannesburg means we have eyes and ears on the ground providing real time insights into what our South African consumers are responding to and allowing us to predict or react to this quickly, he says.

It is this speed to market that, Mr Hardwick says, has delivered the Cotton On Group’s success not only in South Africa but in sixteen other countries around the world.

“Our capacity to monitor fashion trends and deliver them to our customers in the time frame they expect and at a price point they can afford, is our competitive edge – that’s what they want and that’s what we deliver,” he says.

With the Group continually focusing on new and innovative ways to engage with its South African customers, a new e-commerce platform is also set to roll out in early 2015.

“We are invested in ensuring our e-commerce platform will deliver what our customers want, both in South Africa and all over the world,” Mr Hardwick says.

Investing in the South African workforce is also forming a critical component of the Group’s strategy. Having started with a team of 15, it’s anticipated to reach more than 3,000 people in the next five years.

The Group’s $30M global learning and development platform Cotton On Group Uni (COG Uni) has also been rolled out in South Africa to further support and develop the regional team. This innovative program is designed to provide credible learning experiences for the Group’s global workforce, inspiring both personal and professional growth.

Since launching in August 2014, 51 team members have begun the first Academy module and eight are currently undertaking the Accelerator program, designed to develop senior leaders. Mentors both in country and from across the globe are also on board to offer support in and out of the classroom for each Academy participant.

With the success of the South African operations, the Cotton On Group remains committed to strong regional growth, setting a target of 300 stores in the country within the next five years.

Cotton On planning on expanding store footprint in SA

By Given Majola Oct 27, 2019

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DURBAN – Australia’s global retailer Cotton On group plans to  expand its store footprint  in South Africa going forward.

Cotton On group country manager Africa Natalie Wills said this week that South Africa was a big part of their business and it was all about building that brand credibility in the marketplace.

“The group continues to look for an opportunity to expand as it has been in the country for a number of years. We want to look at stores that have potential and want to upgrade them to ensure we give our customers a fantastic experience. We will upgrade certain stores, expanding certain others and looking at other areas to open up,” said Wills.

Wills said coming into South Africa roughly  seven years ago had been a challenge as they were relatively unknown. Cotton On had had to build and work hard to establish connections, find the right stores to open in the right location.

The group now had a good footprint across South Africa,she said However, it took time for people to understand the brand. Wills said the retailer  had 176 stores in the country despite it being a challenging time for retaillers. “

The company also operates in New Zealand, across Asia, Brazil and the US.

“We are also focused on our online business, which we rolled out almost two years ago. We want to make sure we continue to deliver across South Africa the Cotton On customer experience.”


Grade 1 Ethekwini learners. Image: Supplied.

The Group’s philanthropic arm, Cotton On Foundation this week launched its first project in KwaMashu’s Ethekwini Primary School.

The school was initially only able to cater to students from Grade R to four. The school received a revamp of the existing classrooms and 16 new classrooms that would allow learners to complete grades five to seven without having to leave their community. 

Further upgrades to the school included 37 new ablution facilities, two kitchens, a staffroom, tuckshop, two fully equipped playgrounds as well as a new admin block for staff.

Cotton On Foundation manager Tara Stretch said that the retailer wanted to give community access to part of their project to KwaMashu. “Our customers and retail team are at the heart of our success as you need partnership with them and our customers purchasing Cotton On Foundation items in-store that we are able to raise funds to support our project.

Simesihle Nene, Olwethu Mthethwa, Nonduduzo Makhanya. Image: Supplied.

The foundation said the Ethekwini Primary School was their first project in South Africa.

“We are about to raise R1billion to support our project which has been highly successful in fundraising and making an impact on the ground. Hundred percent of what we raise from the items is invested back into the project.”

Wills attributed the success of this project to the connection of their teams and communicating what they have achieved in stores being able to articulate it to their customers without having to advertise it. She added that the Foundations 22 000 members globally did the fundraising.

Beyond the infrastructure investments, the programme saw investments in infrastructure, professional development for staff , sophisticated nutrition, hygiene programmes  and well-being development of learners.

Ethekwini learners playing. Image: Supplied.

The Cotton On Foundation is also committed to  investment at the Dr JL Dube High School, which was just a short distance from Ethekwini Primary school to offer learners an opportunity and pathways looking to vocational or tertiary opportunities closing the loop for the child’s journey for our foundation.

Sbahle Motlou with Ethekwini classmates. Image: Supplied.


How Cotton On Group is tackling the African market with its trailblazing supply chain transformation

With a few clicks of a button, the rise of e-commerce has also helped strengthen the need for swift delivery but it has also added a new dimension for supply chain professionals to tackle. In January, Cotton On Group launched its online store platform and loyalty card for its South African operations. This has upped the company’s sales and the volume of products that need to be delivered.

“What was good yesterday, is average today and probably won’t be good enough tomorrow,” reflects Marais. “Therefore, we need to be agile and adapt our model so that consumers can buy what they want, how and when they want to. Even in mature markets, we’ve been quite a big player in the e-commerce market. Now, we’ve launched our online operation in South Africa, we’ve seen a really nice uptake in volume through this channel of the business. We’ve also started a new wholesale channel with an online marketplace that stocks our brands which provides another channel for us to be able to offer our product.”

Relying primarily on word of mouth, rather than advertising and delivering a positive customer experience, is the bread and butter of Cotton On Group’s success. As a result, getting thorough feedback has been critical “We’re engaging with our team and finding out what customers are saying through online feedback,” Marais says. “We’re learning from this feedback and I think that speaks to the company’s entrepreneurial spirit. We’ve got very inspirational leaders who really help drive us to be quicker and faster in unique ways.”

Drawing from its experience in the Australian market, Cotton On Group has replicated its e-commerce and supply chain solutions for the past several years in different markets. This has meant it could be smoothly adopted in regional markets in Africa. Marais points out how the company’s South African distribution centres are efficient and lean to make orders easier to tackle.

“Our distribution centres are set up to complete our online orders internally which made the execution of online a lot easier to manage,” Marais notes. “We’ve also got an online platform that has been tested in Australia but which has been adapted to our local market. This has meant that we have been able to quickly deliver that customer experience that people have come to expect from Cotton On.

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“It’s supply chain 101: if you add complexity it slows down the operation,” he adds. “So, we’ve managed to keep our business relatively simple. It allows us to be agile when adapting our strategy to meet the demands of e-commerce, for example.” 

With plans to expand to Botswana over the coming months, it’s no question that Cotton On group has fine-tuned its strategy for success. Yet Marais is keen to point out that this wouldn’t be possible without a team that was entrepreneurial, curious and up for a challenge.

“I have experience in various warehouses in South Africa, but when I started my own journey at Cotton On I quickly realised that if you’re passionate about supply chain and want to grow your career, then the place to do that is Cotton On,” Marais says proudly. “You can see an entrepreneurial spirit in our business every day. We’re led by people who expect us to take ownership of our function and execute it to the best of our ability. It’s also about having fun, engaging with your team and really connecting with them.”

Not only does the company foster the talents of its own people, but it’s also helping to enrich the lives of local communities across the globe. Today, cotton is one of the most commonly used natural fibres in the world with more than 25mn tonnes produced every year.

As a business, Cotton On Group has set itself an ambitious goal to have 100% sustainable cotton throughout its supply chain by 2021. To achieve this it has developed a unique partnership with the Better Cotton Initiative and has launched its very first sustainable cotton program in Kwale County, Kenya, known as Kwale Cotton. Through the program, Cotton On Group works closely with farmers in Kwale to help them transition from subsistence farming to more sustainable cotton farming practices. In addition to funding the training and setup of each farm, the Group is committed to purchasing 100% of the cotton lint, which is of a premium grade. Since the project began in 2014, over 1,500 farmers involved, with many of those doubling their income since coming on board.

Additionally, thanks to the group’s philanthropic arm – the Cotton On Foundation – the retailer is also helping to empower people through health, education sustainability and infrastructure.

“We are opening schools in Uganda, Australia, Thailand, and South Africa, and have set ourselves a goal of creating 20 000 educational places by 2020” Marais concludes. “To know that by following your career aspiration at Cotton On, by enabling our customers to have a really great shopping experience, kids will hopefully get to go to school, learn new skills and feel empowered – is an amazing feeling.”

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About Cotton On 

Cotton On was established in the year 1991, and the very store was inaugurated in the Geelong, Australia. With the incredible amount of changes and a genuine aim to provide the best to the online purchasers, Cotton On currently own around eight brands and precisely around 1500 stores in 18 countries. 

South Africans shop for the latest fashion or homeware products sold at Cotton On ZA. Don’t worry about the quality as best is served at the most competitive prices only at Cotton On South Africa. Moreover, don’t overlook the discount and cashback benefits available at RewardPay ZA. Use the Cotton On promo code and Cotton On voucher code listed on our website. 

Returns at Cotton On ZA

It is fine if you have not enjoyed the product and are willing to return it to the Cotton On South Africa. The reimbursements are available at Cotton On ZA, for that all you have to do is follow the return policy of Cotton On ZA listed underneath. 

  1. Customer must provide proof and reason for the return of the order and return it any point of time. 
  2. Some of the products sold at Cotton On ZA cannot be returned until it is faulty or defective.  
  3. The products you cannot return at Cotton On are cosmetics, earrings, sample products, charity products, underwear (except bra), and more. 
  4. Items must be in its original condition unwashed, unused, no tags must be removed. 
Newsletter Sign Up

South African do you love to shop at Cotton On more often and want to get updated with new offers and deals now and then?  Subscribe to the newsletter of Cotton On and relish the updates through the emails. How to sign up the newsletter of Cotton On? Use the active email address of yours where you wish to receive the updates and also get a 20% discount off the first purchase after the subscription. 

Grab the discount offers and get Cashback at RewardPay ZA

When shopping online, you get several privileges which can be used to reference for your future shopping experiences. Whenever shopping at Cotton On, South Africans don’t forget to go through the listed offers and discount deals in the form of Cotton On promo code South Africa, Cotton On coupon code, Cotton On discount code, Cotton On voucher code, and more listed only at RewardPay South Africa.  

The best part is you also get cashback reward which is exclusively provided by RewardPay ZA. For that, you have to register yourself at RewardPay and collect the cashback and use them in future. You can also download the RewardPay app on your smartphone.  

Interest-free Credits at Cotton On

Don’t have enough budget to use it all together to purchase the specific product of your choice? Don’t worry; you can purchase the product at the interest-free credit at Cotton On South Africa. Seek the options that are beneficial to you and your budget adjustments. Cotton On is the exact place for you to shop at! Also, don’t forget to use Cotton On promo code listed at RewardPay ZA. 

Payments at Cotton On

There are numerous payment channels available at Cotton On and you can use whatever suits the best based upon your comfort and safety of online purchasing. The payment gateways which can be used to complete the transaction at Cotton On are under-listed. 

  1. VISA
  2. MasterCard
  3. I pay

Whenever making the payment, don’t overlook the saving benefits that are listed at Cotton On in the form of Cotton On promo code, Cotton On voucher code and more.  

Customer Support Services

When shopping online encountering issues are totally fine, but what matters the most is if you get to virtually seeking for help and assistance from the customer support serviced. The team of Cotton On’s customer support services are full of the solution, whenever you are facing issues. You can click on the Help option on the website of Cotton On ZA. Go through the FAQs where you can find a list of common queries and their solutions. 

Sales at Cotton On

What’s more fun at Cotton On South Africa? The ultimate sales which also include the flash ones that are going to benefit you with more than 70% to 80% discount whenever purchasing. Sales at Cotton On are full of advantages; make sure to benefit yourself with ultimate savings. However, don’t forget to use the discount offers listed on the website of Cotton On ZA in the form of Cotton On voucher code and Cotton On promo code and reward cashbacks at RewardPay ZA. 

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Trying to find a nice pair of clothes, but feel confused as to which place to search for as there are so many places offering clothing for men, women, and children, but not all are genuine neither promise to offer quality products. Clothes that are not branded or genuine result in discomfort and ultimately result in wastage of money. So what should be done to buy clothes that are good?

Go Visit Cotton On, it is the leading online retailer for clothes that offers apparel for men, women, and kids. It is a one-stop destination to buy trendy and stylish fashion apparel and accessories.

Categories and Products on Cotton On South Africa

Cotton has a variety of fashion clothing and accessories in its catalog for men, women, and kids. They have beautifully curated their website in categories and sub-categories of products for the ease of customers so that they can easily and conveniently find the clothes or accessories they are looking for.

In the Women category, they have clothing like jeans, dresses & jumpsuits, knitwear, fleece & sweats, graphic T-shirts, tops, pants, shorts, skirts, coats & jackets. They have accessories such as bags & wallets, sunglasses, hats, hair accessories, jewelry, socks & tights. In activewear, they have active bottoms, active tops, sports bras, & crop tops, jackets & vests. They also have lingerie & sleepwear along with shoes, boots, sandals & slides. They have a special collection of swimwear and maternity wears too.  For men, they have clothing options like jeans, graphic T-shirts, tops, shorts, pants, shirts, fleece & sweats, jackets & coats, men’s activewear. They also have special sleepwear & loungewear and accessories like socks & underwear, hats & caps, bags & wallets, sunglasses, belts, shoes, etc.

They have specially formulated collaboration shops form where customers can buy apparel from famous characters like Bugs Bunny, NFL, Space Jam, Disney Gifts, NASA, Friends, Harry Potter, and Star War Gifts. They also have gifts got him& her, and on sales category in which they have newly launched Tops, dresses & playsuits, curve, knitwear, lingerie, activewear, sleepwear and many more.

Services Offered By Cotton On ZA

Easy Exchanges & Returns – Cotton On allows its customers to change or alter their order if they have a change of mood or if the items received are faulty or damaged. Customers can exchange their product in the following ways

  • Exchange in Stores
  • Return in Stores
  • Return via Post

The shipping charge will be refunded back to the customers in the case of receiving faulty or damaged products otherwise the shipping fee will have to beared by the customer. During the return of the items, the original receipt should be secured by the customer.

Hassle-free Delivery System – Cotton On facilitates its customer with many delivery options, being R50 as a base charge for doorstep delivery and for orders above R500 are subjected for free delivery. They usually ship in 1-2 business days from their warehouse. It takes about 2-4 business days for the deliveries to be made in areas of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Bloemfontein, and Polokwane. A regional and remote area delivery takes about 2-5 business days to reach its destination.

For Personalized items, it takes about 5 business days to reach the customers and the standard shipping fees will be applicable and the personalized items and non-personalized items will be delivered together if there are any.

Incredible PAYFLEX System – Cotton On has made it more easy and convenient to pay for the items by its unique payment feature. In this customers get to pay for their purchased item in 4 easy installations with no added interest, no added-up fees, it has a simple sign-up process with easy account access. Customers can opt for this option and the items will be shipped to them, automatic deductions will be made from their card at an interval of 2 weeks and the payment will be completed in 6 weeks.

Customers will have to select Payflex as the payment method at the time of checkout and then register themselves and then make a payment; they can select their Visa or MasterCard for payments. At last, create a secure Payflex password in order to buy now and pay later.

How to use Cotton On Website and App

Cotton On the online website also provides a unique and very user-friendly shopping experience as you can simply shop by choosing categories, and then subcategories to it, which will directly take you to your desired range of products that you particularly want to choose from. Moreover, you can also buy products at comparatively lower prices and in mint quality. Cotton On the website also provides a styling guide so that you can opt for different styles suitable to you, for different occasions.\

How to avail of the Best Deals & Offers On Cotton On? 

  • Cotton On ships almost in every country in the world and offers standard and fast delivery options. It especially delivers products with utmost care so that your luxury product is delivered to you without any damages. Get the awesome discount deals listed in the form of Cotton On discount coupons, Cotton On discounts, and many more. Paste the copied Cotton On, South Africa code before making the payment.
  • You can get Cotton On Discounts and Cotton On promo codes in any city other than that, on the Cotton On offers section on the Vouchers Portal website.
  • To receive continuous updates regarding Cotton ON offers, promo codes, and special excess to exclusive sales you need to register with us and subscribe to our newsletter, through which we will keep you updated regarding all the deals available directly by sending it to your mailbox.
  • You can get discounts in Cotton On and ongoing offers, Click the get a discount button from the Cotton On offers page which will redirect you to the discounted product section on the Cotton On website.

How do I use the Cotton On Coupon Code?

  • Tap on the Vouchers Portal ZA and search “Cotton On” in the search bar and click to get the best deals.
  • Choose the desired coupon code which you want to use and then click the get code button beside the offer listed on our website this will take you to Cotton On a website with a selected range of products.
  • Choose your desired product to purchase and proceed to the payment page, where you will find a “apply code” or “redeem code” option, switch back to our webpage, and copy the provided code which will appear on a pop-up.
  • Copy the code on the payment page, code bar, and click apply. This will result in a discounted rate on your purchase from Cotton On.


1. How to track the order from Cotton On?

Cotton On ships their package via Dawn Wing, and sends an email as soon as the parcel leaves their warehouse. The mail will have a Waybill number and this number can be used to check the parcel’s progress.

2. How the item in my cart does become unavailable?

Cotton On offers its product for everyone and does not facilitate reserving an item, even if you add it to your bag. The item will not be reserved until and unless the product has been checked out and paid for. So it is do possible that at times the demand for a particular item increases and becomes unavailable to some users when the stock goes out.

3. What are the payment methods accepted by Cotton On?

Cotton On allows the following payment methods for purchase from their stores:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • iPay
  • Payflex

4. Any Other Online Store Like Cotton On?

Yes, Saint&Summer is the biggest online fashion marketplace that is offering the world’s most trendy and iconic fashion collection.

90,000 There are record frosts in southern Africa | News from Germany on world events | DW

While Germany is struggling with the devastating floods that hit the west of the country in mid-July, forecasters in southern Africa record cold weather abnormal for the region. In a number of cities in South Africa on Sunday, July 25, snow continued to fall, roads there were blocked due to ice.

Meanwhile, on the night of July 24, according to weather forecasters, in 19 regions of South Africa, historical records of the lowest temperature were broken.In the city of Kimberley, located in the central part of the country, and the surrounding areas, for the first time in the entire period of meteorological observations, the air temperature dropped to minus 9.9 degrees Celsius.

In Johannesburg, seven degrees of frost were recorded, which is also colder than the previous record – minus 6.3 degrees Celsius, registered here on July 19, 1995. According to forecasters, the cold will hold out in South Africa for about a week.

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90,000 African Trade Unions: World Trade in Used Clothes Suppresses Textile

Worldwide, 32% of second hand clothing is imported from Africa, worth US $ 1 billion.It is mainly bought by poor people who cannot afford new clothes. World trade earned US $ 3.7 billion from the sale of used clothing.

Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda are among the main markets for second-hand clothing. In these countries, the garment and textile industries have either declined or are struggling to survive, cutting thousands of jobs.

Governments have tried, albeit without much success, to prohibit or impose huge import duties on used clothing, but the goods are often smuggled across the border, as in Zimbabwe.

IndustriALL affiliates in Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe are opposed to imports of used clothing because it threatens the growth of the apparel and textile industries, which suffered huge losses in the 1980s and 1990s following the adoption of the neoliberal structural adjustment program funded by International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Trade unions argue that industry growth will create jobs for hundreds of thousands of young women and other workers in the value chain. Trade unions say local products are more expensive against the background of cheap Chinese imports.

The East African Community has banned the import of used clothing. Rwanda has complied with this decision despite threats and warnings from the United States that it has violated the African Growth and Trade Opportunity Act (AGOA), of which it is among 40 other African countries beneficiary. After the Association of Recycling and Textile Recycling Companies asked a US sales representative to step in, citing the Rwandan ban would result in the loss of 40,000 US jobs, the East African country was barred from participating in the AGOA program.

However, despite pressure from the United States, Rwanda said in April that it would not change its mind, as the ban would restore the “dignity” of its citizens and create more than 25,000 jobs. At the same time, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda chose to maintain preferences under the AGOA and did not impose a ban on the import of used clothing.

Says Paul France Ndessomin, IndustriALL regional secretary for sub-Saharan Africa:

We call on governments to develop sustainable policies that support the development of the garment and textile industries and the employment of young workers.International trade agreements should focus on the interests of developing countries rather than encouraging dumping imports of used clothing on the continent.

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Declaration on South Africa

Adopted by UN General Assembly Resolution 34/93 of December 12, 1979

1. All States recognize the legitimacy of the struggle of the people of South Africa to eradicate apartheid and establish a raceless society that guarantees equal rights to all the people of South Africa, regardless of race, color or creed.

2. All States recognize the right of the oppressed people of South Africa to choose their means of struggle.

H. All States solemnly commit themselves to refrain from overt or covert military intervention in support or defense of the Pretoria regime, which seeks to suppress the legitimate aspirations of the African people of South Africa and their struggle against that regime in order to exercise their right to self-determination as enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and in the Declaration on Principles of International Law Concerning Friendly Relations and Cooperation among States in Accordance with the Charter of the United Nations 1 , or threatening or committing acts of aggression against African States committed to establishing in South Africa a democratic government based on the will of all the people, irrespective of race, color or creed, as a necessary guarantee of lasting peace and security in southern Africa.

4. All States shall take decisive action to prevent the recruitment, financing, training or travel of mercenaries to support the apartheid regime of South Africa or the Bantustans it has established in South Africa.

5. All States shall take appropriate measures against and against propaganda in favor of apartheid.

6. All states respect the desire of the African states to declare the African continent a nuclear-free zone and refrain from any cooperation with the South African regime in its plans to become a nuclear power.

7. All States display international solidarity with the oppressed people of South Africa and with independent African States exposed to threats or acts of aggression and subversion by the South African regime.

1 Resolution 2625 (XXV), annex.

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90,000 Uzbekistan leases 1 million hectares of land from Russia

Russia’s willingness to lease 1 million hectares of land to Uzbekistan has stirred up the public.(Sharon Rosseels / unsplash. com / License Unsplash)

On October 1, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation decided to lease up to 1 million hectares of Russian land to Uzbekistan. The decision of the department puzzled the Russians and sparked a heated debate in society.

According to the document, at first Uzbekistan will lease 35 thousand hectares, in the future the area of ​​land will expand to 1 million hectares (≈10000 sq. Km). For comparison, the area of ​​the Republic of Crimea is 26,100 sq. km. At the same time, Uzbek businessmen will send all the crops grown to their homeland.

Why does Uzbekistan need 1 million hectares?

An acute shortage of fertile land and a rapidly growing population have become the main reasons why Uzbekistan wants to lease Russian land. The lack of water resources for irrigation in a desert and hot climate in most of the country forced the authorities of Uzbekistan to pay attention to the lands of its neighbors.

Earlier, cotton used in the textile and chemical industries was traditionally grown in Uzbekistan. However, in the post-Soviet years, the authorities began to reduce the area for cotton due to the rapidly growing population, while increasing the area of ​​grain crops.

“In the southern regions of Russia, the crops grown by Uzbeks can represent the widest range of products, from potatoes to strawberries. It can also be onion or rice, ”said Arkady Dubnov, an independent expert on Central Asia.

For this reason, Uzbek entrepreneurs are interested in using the southern regions of Russia with fertile lands.

Land rescue

Expert Dubnov believes that in Russia the area of ​​abandoned agricultural lands, which there is no one to cultivate, is growing every year.By leasing land to Uzbekistan, Russia practically saves them from “further desolation”, while at the same time receiving rental income.

The Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Evgeny Levin adheres to the same version. According to him, in Russia there are about 8-13 million hectares of land for introduction into agricultural circulation, and the authorities of 23 regions of Russia are ready to lease the land.

However, the question is how profitable the allocated land will be for the Uzbeks.

“A million hectares are very large areas.I’m not sure that there are so many free developed agricultural lands in Russia that are profitable from the point of view of Uzbek producers, ”said Ivan Ippolitov, an employee of the Center for the Study of Problems of Near Abroad Countries at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies.

Land lease will hit Russian farmers

There will be no benefit to local residents from tenants, and farmers may suffer greatly from the loss of good pieces of land, experts say.

“There are no vacant lands in the southern regions.There the peasants are fighting to the death for every piece. The villages are dying out because people are left without land. Apparently, for friendly Uzbekistan they will take away from our farmers. This practice has been worked out by the authorities. Our lands are fertile, Uzbeks will like it. Will they take good care of the land? ” – noted the farmer, co-chairman of the public movement “Federal Village Council” Vasily Melnichenko.

The arrival of Uzbek tenants will ruin the local business and suppress the social activity of the population, experts predict.

“It is planned to bring millions of foreign citizens per million hectares. We are talking about plans to replace the population in entire regions of Russia. I do not support this, nor will the local population of these regions. There will be conflicts, ”commented the businessman, president of Novoe Sodruzhestvo LLC and the Rosspetsmash association, Konstantin Babkin.

Doctor of Economics, Professor Igor Nikolaev warns the authorities against hasty decisions:

“The lease institution is quite specific.First, short-term, then long-term, then lease with the right to purchase … We, as you know, have adopted an amendment to the Constitution that we do not trade in our territory. However, even with this amendment, we need to proceed with caution. ”

Where is the exit?

Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Agrarian Issues Vladimir Kashin believes that the budget for the development of agricultural land should grow, and not decrease annually.

“We must first develop our land, and not try to make money on it by renting it out.After all, without a village, we will be lost! And give it to someone on lease … Well, let’s give it to the Chinese, Azerbaijanis, Germans … This is the ‘’ fifth column ’and some liberal trends!” – he declared.

The problem needs to be solved by changing the economic policy, believes Konstantin Babkin, which should create favorable conditions for Russian farmers, and not stimulate the export of raw materials. Agriculture in Russia has a great future, but a sound industrial policy is needed.

Article 3 / ConsultantPlus

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