Wise folks have a tendency to frequently stress that a great mark of success involves the ability to boost up the next. Can’t fault this notion for it is as age-old as it is the legitimate. Such is the stunning case with Gert-Johan Coetzee because he keeps adding significance stretching his empire to soar beyond the deserved high praise and he does this with admirable verve. I am talking here about the reputable Gert-Johan Coetzee Fashion Bursary in association with North West School of Design which has been changing lives of eager fashionpolitans for the past four years. “Being able to work in fashion is all I ever wanted to do, and it’s a privilege that makes me happy every day of my life. I want to pass on this same opportunity to someone young, talented and hungry for success.” Together with the college at which he graduated, GJC has hooked up a bursary giveaway worth R168 000 for the next year. This covers tuition and study materials for the duration of the three-year BA Fashion Design Degree course, and includes both a sewing machine and an overlocker from Bernina valued at almost R33 000, plus personal mentorship by the superstar designer as experienced by last year’s winner; Quincy Thabang from Sasolburg. Based in Klerksdorp, the North West School of Design is an international fashion college that offers a full spectrum of courses that prepare future fashion professionals as designers, clothing technologists, fashion buyers and more. Students are exposed to international best practices and insights, aligning them with global standards.
To be considered for the bursary, students need to have a National Senior Certificate or an international equivalent, and need to submit a motivating essay and sketches for four red-carpet gowns and this year’s theme for entrants is: “15 Shades of Style”. Gert-Johan will be on the panel responsible for choosing the ultimate winner and he says, “I’m looking for someone who blows me away with their passion, raw talent and proven aptitude for design.
For details on how to enter, visit www.nwsd.co.za The closing date for entries is 17 October 2014.