eThekwini Footwear and Leather Cluster

eThekwini and SAFLEC have joined forces to bring to the eThekwini regional manufacturers, eThekwini F&L Export Program aimed at empowering local manufacturers with targeted skills and competencies to enable manufacturing growth and export development.


The eThekwini Footwear and Leather Cluster (EFLC) was established in 2018 and funded for 3 years via a memorandum of agreement for the 2018 – 2021 period.  This July the program was approved for another 3 years. EFLC comprises of 5 programs aimed at strengthening the competitiveness and export capability of the footwear and leather sector in the region. Below is a list of the five programs.

  1. Market Access
  2. Export Development
  3. Supplier & Firm Level Development
  4. Design Advancement
  5. Waste Management & Sustainable Manufacturing

Vision & Mission


By 2035, the eThekwini Leather and Footwear Industry Cluster will be a world-class manufacturing business grouping that is highly skilled, export driven, technologically modernized, design-conscious and environmentally efficient in meeting the demands of Africa and beyond.


Our mission is to create a league of extraordinary and talented small, medium, and large player in the Local Leather and Footwear Industry to drive the competitiveness of the sector both nationally and on the global market.


There are a few critical factors that will affect the export readiness of your business.
Each is explained along with some questions which you could answer in order to get an indication of your enterprise’s export readiness.

Export Checklist
Factory Exporter development guide


The purpose of assistance under SSAS Project Funding for Emerging Exporters is to compensate the costs in respect of the activities aimed for the development of South African emerging exporters.

SSAS Project Funding


Partner up with one of our members dedicated to supplying your foot ware and leather needs. Simple select the relevant category to see those relevant members.

Members Directory
Export Tool

Export Tool

We at SAFLEC want to provide you, our industry with the best available information to grow your exports.
Export Tool
DTI Help Desk

DTI Help Desk

Export information and advice for small, medium and large enterprises.
DTI Help Desk