Fash­ion bur­saries up for grabs

The Star Late Edition - - NEWS - KARISHMA DIPA karishma.dipa@inl.co.za

DO YOU have a burn­ing de­sire to be a part of the fash­ion industry?

Then one of South Africa’s big­gest fash­ion de­sign­ers is look­ing to open the door for you.

For the sev­enth year, Gert-Jo­han Coet­zee is run­ning his bur­sary pro­gramme in a bid to spon­sor the ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion of two as­pir­ing fash­ion­istas.

But he in­sists that he is look­ing for some­one who is pas­sion­ate about fash­ion and is will­ing to work as hard as he does.

“I’m look­ing for South Africa’s next fash­ion star.”

He told The Star that he would favour a strong work ethic over tal­ent.

“They don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to be the most tal­ented, and hav­ing the abil­ity to do sketches is a bonus.

“I’m look­ing for some­one who has the same drive as I do, some­one who will just die if they don’t do fash­ion.”

As part of Coet­zee’s pro­gramme, he will spon­sor two bur­saries worth R345 000 in to­tal which will cover tu­ition fees and study ma­te­ri­als at the North West School of De­sign, the same in­sti­tu­tion that he at­tended.

The first bur­sary is ear­marked for one stu­dent fo­cus­ing on fash­ion de­sign, while the other will fo­cus more on the busi­ness side of industry as it will be a newer fash­ion com­mu­ni­ca­tion and buy­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Stu­dents who’ve re­ceived the Coet­zee bur­sary, and at­tended the North West School of De­sign, have gone on to suc­cess­ful ca­reers, with some start­ing their own busi­nesses.

Coet­zee ex­plained that he had se­lected the North West School of De­sign as the in­sti­tu­tion of choice as he has gone through its syl­labus and con­sid­ers it to be rep­utable.

“I know ex­actly what kind of learn­ing the stu­dents will do there and their time won’t be wasted.

“South Africans have so much tal­ent and the prob- lem is that they don’t get the proper pol­ish­ing they need to go out into the industry.”

For this rea­son, he is also of­fer­ing the two stu­dents who re­ceive the bur­sary the op­por­tu­nity to in­tern with him as a way of get­ting even more prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.

He said ef­forts made by SA Fash­ion Week had al­lowed lo­cal de­sign­ers to flour­ish as now re­tail gi­ants such as Wool­worths were buy­ing their cloth­ing.

To ap­ply for the bur­sary, visit www.nwsa.co.za or visit Coet­zee’s In­sta­gram page, click on the link in his bi­og­ra­phy and fol­low the prompts to ap­ply.

The clos­ing date for ap­pli­ca­tions is Oc­to­ber 20.

FASH­ION: GertJo­han Coet­zee and Andrea Bey­ers, the re­cip­i­ent of last year’s fash­ion de­sign bur­sary. She is cur­rently com­plet­ing her first year.

DE­SIGN: Gert-Jo­han Coet­zee with bur­sary pro­gramme win­ner Xoliswa Kawuzela.

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