Mozambique is looking for ways to monetize the facilities of former textile factory Textáfrica–Sociedade Têxtil de Vila Pery, according to President Filipe Nyusi, who recently said there is a possibility of changing the factory’s activity to make use of the infrastructure. The factory, located in Chimoio (formerly Vila Pery), was closed around 25 years ago.
Chimoio is the capital city of Manica province.
In February this year, Manica provincial governor Manuel Rodrigues said South African textile companies, which he did not identify, had expressed interest in reactivating the factory and had even visited the facility, according to media reports in the country.
In April 2016, then-provincial governor of Manica Alberto Mondlane announced that the central government was conducting studies to restore Textáfrica to operation.
The closure of two textile factories, Textáfrica and the Empresa Moçambicana de Malhas (EMMA), both originally owned by the same Portuguese group, caused a reduction in cotton production in that part of Mozambique, and their bankruptcy resulted in the dismissal of more than 3,000 workers.