CIPC pioneers environmentally friendly solution for confiscated counterfeit goods, creating job opportunities for SMMEs

The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) is proud to share information on the pilot project that is part of a pioneering program aimed at addressing the issue of confiscated counterfeit goods in an environmentally friendly and cost-effective manner. This innovative initiative also seeks to create new job opportunities for small, medium, and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs).

Recognising the high costs, environmental damage, and unsustainability associated with traditional methods of destroying counterfeit goods, the CIPC has partnered with different stakeholders to develop a program that recycles and upcycles these items instead. This approach is particularly significant given the large quantities of counterfeit clothing, footwear, and apparel seized in South African marketplaces.

Media release 3 of 2024