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Clothing with CulturePep Clothing has been producing carefully crafted garments for more than 50 years, its longevity a product of a company culture that puts people at its heart   Writer: Tom Wadlow  |  Project Manager: Kyle Livingstone“I have a love affair with fabrics, and I love working for the group. Even though we are a publicly listed company, it feels like a family business and a family entity, with people at its heart and values that I closely identify with personally. I’ve been on an exciting journey and touched almost every part of the business over nearly 30 years.”Marthie Raphael was destined to enjoy a long career in the garment industry at Pep Clothing. Having funded a degree in Consumer Science from Stellenbosch University by making and selling her own evening and bridal wear, a passion inspired by consecutive creative generations in the family, the now-CEO has only worked at one organisation and its affiliates since graduating in 1992. The organisation in question is Pepkor, a holding company which owns the largest retail store footprint in Southern Africa, with Pep Clothing operating as its garment manufacturing arm, based at a factory just outside of Cape Town for more than 50 years. Raphael began her career as a Quality Engineer at this division (then known as Pep Manufacturing), moving to a Pepkor joint venture site in Malawi for four years before returning to South Africa in the retail wing of the group. In 2003, she moved back into the Pep Clothing business, working her way up through business development and

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The Fabric of South AfricaPep Clothing provides insight into the current market conditions for the garment manufacturing industry in South Africa and the company’s biggest achievements as we approach the end of 2014Writer Emily JarvisProject Manager Tom Cullum Q: That makes you a unique contender in the clothing market?Apparel manufacturer Pep Clothing (a division of Pepkor Retail Limited) has been supplying garments to leading southern African retailers for the past 40 years. Our manufacturing operations are situated 10 minutes’ drive from Cape Town International Airport and 25 minutes from the shipping harbour in Cape Town, South Africa. As a low-cost, high-volume mass manufacturer, Pep Clothing is unique within the southern African clothing industry.We have always invested heavily in training and developing of our team members through internal and external interventions. We have a culture of personal growth and mutual respect. Consequently, this has enabled us to achieve excellence in our processes which ensures that we continuously deliver high quality products with consistent quality performance year after year. Product consistency is extremely important in the school clothing market, as consistency in product quality is essential for repeat orders. We stand out from the crowd as a result of this commitment to our customers and our team culture.Q: Talk me through your main achievements for this yearOur main objective was to stabilise performance during our extensive factory renovations, as well as reducing waste in the process. We are proud to report that we have to date managed to recover all production losses that were a result of the renovations.

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The fabric of a community For South Africa's Pep Clothing there is more to life than loss or profit. Writer Chris Farnell Project manager Tom Cullum For more than 40 years, Pep Clothing, the manufacturing division of Pepkor, has been clothing South Africa. the company has been dedicated to providing every variety of high quality apparel. "We're more than 40 years old," boasts Marthie Raphael, Pep Clothing's general manager. "the first factory operated in KwaZulu- Natal, and we soon founded another division in Cape Town. 25 years ago we moved both of those divisions into one building. Over the years we've done many different clothing items. We've been a school uniform factory, we've had limited fashion exposure, we've provided socks, blankets, underwear and stockings. However, over time many of those divisions have been relocated and sold, leaving us specialising in school uniforms." Raphael knows what she's talking about, she's been with the company for a while, and has worked her way up through the business, seeing it from every perspective. "My very first job was with the factory in 1993," Raphael tells us. "I worked as a quality engineer, then moved to Malawi, first for the group, then left to work for a local company for four years before returning to Pep Stores and from there moved back into the manufacturing side of the business again, where I moved up through the ranks. I've now held this position for six years." Throughout its 40 years Pep Clothing has built its reputation on one foundation – consistent

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