Following the peaceful democratic elections in 1994, Levi Strauss & Co. was one of the first global companies to re-enter the South African market. Committed to empowerment and upliftment, 80% of its first staff intake were previously unemployed or had no prior industry experience. The company now employs over 700 people with offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. 90% of all Levi's jeans sold in South Africa are manufactured in Levi's production facility in Epping, one of only 4 fully owned and operated Levi's production plants in the world. Levi Strauss South Africa reports in to the Asia Pacific regional office, one of three global divisions.