A help­ing hand for the ma­tric dance

Young de­sign­ers to show­case their cre­ativ­ity

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THERE is an old say­ing that there are five key dresses a woman should wear in her life­time: a school uni­form, ma­tric dance dress, grad­u­a­tion gown, wed­ding gown and ma­ter­nity gown.

The G12 Run­way com­pe­ti­tion is tak­ing the weight off young girls’ shoul­ders for one of these dresses, the ma­tric dance dress. G12 Run­way is a de­sign com­pe­ti­tion which pro­vide win­ners with a fab­u­lous make-over and dress for their ma­tric dance and young de­sign­ers with great prizes too.

This year the G12 judges in­clude de­sign­ers Gert Jo­han Coet­zee and Kluk CGDT, singer Lira and Zanele Kumalo, ed­i­tor of Grazia.

The win­ning dress sketches will go into pro­duc­tion for the win­ning girls, who will also re­ceive lux­ury ham­pers, gift vouch­ers, pam­per ses­sions, ac­ces­sories and hair and make-up for their big night. The win­ning de­sign­ers will also be in line for prizes.

Good­hope FM DJ, ac­tress and busi­ness­woman Ayanda Dlamini, the cre­ator of the com­pe­ti­tion, was prompted to start G12 be­cause she didn’t at­tend her ma­tric dance.

“I didn’t go to my ma­tric dance be­cause I didn’t want to put pres­sure on my mom and the fi­nan­cial bur­den. I know there are many girls out there who re­late to this.

“G12 Run­way gives them an op­por­tu­nity to not only lift some of that bur­den but also a memorable night look­ing gor­geous. And for our young de­sign­ers an op­por­tu­nity to show off their cre­ativ­ity and learn that there’s nothing out of fash­ion about giv­ing back to those who need,” she said.

Dlamini grew up in Gugulethu and Langa and later moved to the sub­urbs with her fam­ily. “I went to rel­a­tively good schools.

“I wanted to be a pri­mary school teacher at one point. I went and stud­ied it, but ended up with a di­ploma in speech and drama teach­ing.” She is star­ring in the Xhosa TV se­ries Isik­izi on Mzansi Magic.

The 33-year-old said she had a good child­hood. “I was raised by a sin­gle mother and great fit­ting sec­ond-hand good­ies.

“While we didn’t have much our mother did her best to give us a rich sense of life. We were ex­posed to a lot of things from free clas­si­cal orches­tra con­certs, lots of books thanks to the li­brary, the beach and swim­ming lessons… that’s big for a black kid.”

Dlamini re­minded young women that they are never too young to get real about life. “I think a lot of times young women think they will take them­selves se­ri­ously when they are 25 or mar­ried, for­get­ting that if you just let life hap­pen that is the life you will get.”

Pupils and de­sign­ers who are in­ter­ested in en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion need to go to www. g12run­way.co.za. The clos­ing date for the en­tries is Au­gust 19 and win­ners will be an­nounced on Septem­ber 8.

All girls in ma­tric are el­i­gi­ble to en­ter and young de­sign­ers for the de­sign cat­e­gory must be 18 to 30 years old. All en­trants must be from Cape Town.


Ayanda Dlamini grew up in Gugulethu and Langa.

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