Gert-Johan Coetzee and Christopher Gill 2015 GJC bursary winner (1)

Valued at the total of R180 000, Gert-Johan Coetzee’s eponymous Fashion Design Bursary is now open for applications from students enthusiastic about the next year. The decorated designer is once again on a search for an individual keen for an entry into the fashion industry.

One aspirant designer will not only have their study costs covered for the three-year internationally accredited course at the Northwest School of Design, but will also be personally mentored by Gert-Johan Coetzee, and may ultimately benefit from the brand-new fellowship programme sponsored by Brutal Fruit.

Gert-Johan says he is “looking for someone who displays real passion and an attitude that nothing will stand in their way”. These qualities must reverberate exciting talents quite like qualities possessed by last year’s winner of the bursary; Christopher Gill of Lephalale. The up-and-coming designer is currently close to completing the first year of his studies at Northwest School of Design and is already making exhilarating career moves.

*Christopher has had a recent opportunity to design a gorgeous dress for Villa Rosa actress Dorette Potgieter for the Royal Soapie Awards. Vila Rosa scooped an accolade for Most Popular Soapie in 2015*

*Christopher has had a recent opportunity to design a gorgeous dress for Villa Rosa actress Dorette Potgieter for the Royal Soapie Awards. Vila Rosa scooped an accolade for Most Popular Soapie in 2015*

To apply for the three year internationally accredited qualification commencing in the next year, aspirant designers must complete the online GJC bursary application available on and submit along with the supporting documents as specified on the website. The closing date for applications is 12 October 2015.

Mahlatse James MJ AND STUFF Gert-Johan Coetzee Bursary (2)

I have always maintained that the fashion pie is big enough for everyone enthused and willing to deliver. So, this has me all so excited for Gert-Johan Coetzee’s mission to uncover fresh talent and invest in their education. What a grand opportunity.





Gert-Johan with the winner of last year's bursary; Quincy.

Gert-Johan with the winner of last year’s bursary; Quincy.

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.

Gert Johan Coetzee

For details on how to enter, visit The closing date for entries is 17 October 2014.



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.

Gert-Johan Coetzee with Prudence Kau (Last year's winner)

Gert-Johan Coetzee with Prudence Kau (Last year’s winner)