Designer Gert -Johan offers fashion bursaries
DESIGNER to the stars Gert-Johan Coetzee has announced he will give away two fashion-industry bursaries for students starting their studies next year.
This is the 7th year Coetzee is investing in young talent.
The bursaries, worth R345 000 in total, cover tuition fees and study materials at the North West School of Design, and includes personal mentorship by Coetzee and internships at his studio.
“The fulfilment I have experi- enced by making a living in the industry that I am passionate about, is what inspired me to make the same thing possible for other young aspirant fashion professionals.
“It is possible to make a career in fashion, but you need determination and a will to succeed, aside from having an eye for fashion,” Coetzee said.
Coetzee is his own best example, having risen to the top of his field before the age of 30 through an unflagging focus on what is required to succeed in the industry.
Coetzee’s bursaries are earmarked for one student focusing on fashion design, and another on the newer fashion communication and buying qualification, which trains students in the business aspects of the industry.
Both qualifications are completed over three years and are internationally accredited.
The two candidates who are selected will also receive sewing machines from Bernina worth R45 000.
Both qualifications allow stu- dents to enrol for a fourth-year Licentiateship in Fashion, which is the highest international fashion qualification available in the country.
The successful applicants will join the group of GJC bursary recipients who are in the process of completing their studies.
Two earlier recipients have already started their own businesses after qualifying.
Bursary applications close on October 9.
To find out how to apply visit www.nwsd.co.za.