Am I the only person who really gets annoyed when people go on-and-on about their desire to “give back” and never quite get to lift a finger for the benefit of the next person? It really truly sucks, because I figure with effort and a sensible structure, plans could be laid out. A perfect example should be Gert-Johan Coetzee’s promising contribution to the fashion industry. Famed for his glitzy creations and plenty presence in the media, the designer has set up a foundation with North West School of Design in Kleksdorp (where he graduated in 2005) to benefit students looking to further their studies in fashion. Gert-Johan manages his very own successful fashion house which employs 10 people and with this initiative, he aims to help nurture an entrepreneurial mindset in balance with creativity and design talent. The bursary is worth R160 000 and it covers tuition and study materials for the duration of a brand-new three-year BA Fashion Design degree course that the school will offer as of the next year. In addition to such awesomery, the awarded candidate will be mentored by G-J C himself and will get an opportunity to serve an internship at his Johannesburg. Last year’s winner of the Gert-Johan Coetzee Bursary; Prudence Kau seems to be have her ducks in a row and my eyes are so set on her success story. Closing date for 2014 entries is 30 September 2013 and for more details on how to enter, CLICK HERE. I love it when fashion folk do good.