Monday, 1 September 2014

2014 Gert Johan Coetzee Fashion Bursary

 2014 Gert Johan Coetzee Fashion Bursary
Terms & Conditions

The Gert Johan Coetzee Bursary is an opportunity for an aspiring fashion designer to walk away with a bursary to study fashion design at North West School of Design to ultimately obtain an International Qualification in Fashion.

 Apart from winning the bursary which includes all materials and equipment, the winner will also be personally mentored by Gert Johan Coetzee.  Bernina SA has come aboard to offer the winner of the bursary a sewing machine and overlocker to the value of R32 250-00

John-Wayne Keyser (2012 GJC Bursary winner) with Gert-Johan Coetzee
The bursary is open to any aspiring fashion designer with a National Senior Certificate (NSC) – Matriculation (Grade 12) or an international equivalent.   The minimum institutional admission requirement is also a National Certificate (Vocational) (NCC) Level 4 issued by the Council of Further Educations and Training. 

Gert Johan Coetzee studied fashion at the North West School of Design and qualified as Designer of the year in 2005. For the past six years, he has served on the institution’s advisory board.

Based in Klerksdorp, the North West School of Design (NWSD) is an International Fashion College for Christian tertiary education.  NWSD offers a full spectrum of courses that prepare future fashion professionals as designers, clothing technologists, fashion buyers, fashion journalists and forecasters.  NWSD exposes students to international best practices and insights, to align the college with global standards.

The value of the bursary is R168 000-00 which includes,
  • Tuition fees
  • Study material
  • An internship at Gert Johan Coetzee’s Studio
  • The mentorship of Gert Johan Coetzee (which involves help and guidance from him throughout the 3 years of study as well as accompanying Gert Johan Coetzee to various fashion events, networking events, social events and through this networking with celebrities and thus creating possible job opportunities).
  • Bernina 330 sewing machine
  • Bernina 700D Over locker 
Prudence Kau (2013 GJC Bursary Winner)

Applicants need to complete the online GJC Bursary Application Form on and will then need to submit the following documents: 
·         A certified copy of their Identification Document
·         A short CV or resume
·         Latest statement of results
·         A one- page essay motivating why he/she should be the recipient of the bursary.
·         Four sketches – Red Carpet Gowns – incorporating the theme – 15 Shades of Style.  Click here to read more about the story behind the theme.   

Quincy Thabang (2014 GJC Bursary winner) with Gert-Johan Coetzee

Documents can be uploaded to the online GJC Bursary Application Form, or can be send to:

Gert Johan Coetzee
North West School of Design
PO Box 10457
Klerksdorp, 2570
Gert Johan Coetzee
Suite 3,4,5 Lienir Building
Oudorp Pharmacy Complex
1b Joe Slovo Road

The closing date for applications is 17 October 2014. 

The bursary excludes accommodation, meals and transport.  The winner must be able to relocate to Klerksdorp, North West Province, to complete his/her fulltime studies. 

The top 7 applicants will undergo an interview process with Gert Johan Coetzee and his publicist.  The finalist’s individual, personal interviews will be conducted at the NWSD Platinum Fashion Festival, VIP Lounge.  The winner of the bursary will be announced by Gert Johan Coetzee at the gala event of the Platinum Fashion Festival on 8 November 2014, in Klerksdorp. 

The NWSD Platinum Fashion Festival event’s team will assist all finalists with transport and accommodation arrangements and will brief the finalists on time lines for interviews and attendance of the various Platinum Fashion Festival shows. 

Go to for more info on the various shows.  

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