Top three winners of the KZN Clothing and Textile Cluster Business Accelerator Programme

Kyle Ballard

Kyle Ballard


Kyle Ballard joined B&M Analysts in 2014 as a project manager and then went on the lead the provincial portfolio for clothing, textiles and furniture programmes. He is currently head of the Accelerator Programme which is the primary mechanism method for economic inclusion in the manufacturing industry in South Africa.

The KZN Clothing and Textile Accelerator Programme is in the process of onboarding SMEs onto the mentorship and upgrading phase. The cluster hosted a successful Dragon’s Den event with 10 businesses progressing to mentorship. On the Dragon’s Den Day the following categories and businesses were recognised and awarded prizes:

Best Business Pitch: Danesco Clothing

Danesco Clothing brings clients an innovative, full-service, and agile team with a rich industry history.

While Danesco Clothing is a fresh, new clothing supply company, the team is well-seasoned within the fashion industry. The business aims to bring a dynamic new edge to the fashion and retail market, coupled with long-standing industry relationships and insights. The product capabilities of the business range from ladies and menswear to kids wear and even activewear.

Most Promising Business: Pitbull Print & Media (Pty) Ltd

Pitbull Print & Media (Pty) Ltd is a full-service provider of commercial silkscreen printing.  Located in Durban, the team of highly trained print specialists have more than thirty-five years of combined experience in the industry. Their clients range from local and regional businesses to international organisations.

With their new state of the art equipment and continued growth as an industry trend setter, they aim to bring the latest technology and industry breakthroughs to clients. They pride themselves on the fact that they bring a whole new perspective to the industry.

High Impact Business: ZA Gear

ZA Gear is a clothing manufacturing company with various products and services ranging from design house, business development and skills development. ZA Gear was founded on passion and purpose.

They offer a high-quality service and products. They are a small business incubator with skills training and development services. They are socially responsible and offer products that are environmentally friendly.

ZA Gear provides exceptional service, products, and on time in full deliveries. They own a unique brand “Wild Rhino”.

To find our more about our Business Accelerator Programmes, contact us on