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2019 Event Highlights

2 - 4 June 2020 Cape Town International Convention Centre Interested in exhibiting

Source Africa now co-located with ATF Expo 

Source Africa is the premier sourcing event on the African continent which is co-located with ATF Expo, the International Apparel, Textile and Footwear trade exhibition. The leading industry event of its kind that brings together suppliers, manufacturers, service providers and buyers all under one roof.

Organized by Messe Frankfurt South Africa, a subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt, the third largest trade fair company in the world.

2019 Event featured

Fashion shows

Fashion Shows

We have a fresh new custom set and stage with a large LED screen as a backdrop that will provide the perfect platform to deliver jaw-dropping fashion shows. To promote and showcase the wonderful designs and products that will be exhibited at Source Africa.

Interior.Architecture.Hospitality Expo

Trend Workshops

With a focus on global and local trends, technological optimisation and trade flow agreements by leading industry expert speakers, the free-to-attend, 3-day workshop and seminar programme will focus on educating attendees on ways in which trade can be made easier between African countries.



The Source Africa exhibition showcases products and services across all aspects of the textiles, apparel and footwear industries. Meet and network with over 100 leading industry suppliers and discover the latest technologies available to the African market.

Young Designer's comp

Young Designer's Competition

With trend and consumer demand dictating design for the apparel Retail sector, Source Africa 2018 has collaborated with WGSN - Global Trend Forecast experts, to find the best Young Designer's in the Western Cape. Using the A/W 2019 trend of "WorldHood", Young Designer's will design a single, retail ready, Women's Wear look. The best designs from each of the 6 accredited fashion colleges in the Western Cape will compete to be the Source Africa 2018 Young Designer winner.

Some of the 2019 industry expert speakers

1 Kerry-lee Bell

Kerry-lee Bell

Acting CEO - Cape Town Fashion Council

Acting CEO of the Cape Town Fashion Council, Kerry Bell whose main focuses include initiating, motivating and elevating the business of fashion by inducting design, innovation, technology and cultivation.

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Clay Hickson

Senior Vice President - Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)

As Senior Vice President at Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), Mr. Hickson manages international operations and helps develop and refine WRAP’s strategy.  He specifically focuses on managing relationships with global brands and retailers and with governmental and other stakeholder organizations. 

1 Polly Walters

Polly Walters

Editor, Fashion & Beauty - WGSN

Previously part of the womenswear team, Polly now heads up WGSN’s newest product, the Fashion Feed, a continuous live-edit of the need-to-know trends from around the globe. With a background in design and buying, she is committed to unearthing the latest emerging trends and delivering them at lightning speed.

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Simon Eppel

Director - The Southern African Labour Research Institute (SALRI)

Simon Eppel is a trade unionist and holds the position of Director of Research of the Southern African Labour Research Institute (SALRI). In this capacity, amongst other things he is involved in a host of policy-related and practical activities which aim to remediate and reshape challenges facing the domestic CTFL manufacturing industry.

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Nerisha Jairaj

Executive Director - SAFLEC

In August 2014 Nerisha Jairaj joined SAFLEC as the New Executive Manager and was promoted to Executive Director in 2015.  Nerisha Jairaj now heads SAFLEC under the guidance of the SAFLEC Board of Directors.
Nerisha Jairaj comes with a BTech Honours in Business Administration and MBA Organisational Behaviour, Strategy and General (ongoing), 20 years of export, procurement and international trade experience.

Constantin von Vieregge CEO of Messe Frankfurt South Africa

"Messe Frankfurt is the global leader in trade fairs for the textile industry. As such, Source Africa is a perfect fit to our current portfolio. Supported by the strength of the Texpertise Network, we believe we possess the resources, skills and experience to create a global exchange platform for visitors and exhibitors."

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