The Gert Johan Coetzee Fashion Bursary is an opportunity for an aspiring fashion designer to reach their full potential as the winner of this prestigious competition will walk away with a bursary to study fashion design and to ultimately obtain a 3 year BA Degree in Fashion Design at North West School of Design.
Bernina SA has come aboard to offer the winner of the bursary a sewing machine and overlocker to the value of R21 500-00.
The target market of the bursary is current Grade 12 learners as well as people who have graduated high school. During 2010, the first year of the Gert Johan Coetzee Bursary competition, the main focus was on targeting people in the North West Province, the second year as well as the third year was, and is the whole of South Africa is targeted and in 2013, the fourth year of the competition, we intend on targeting the entire African continent.
The value of the bursary is R125 500.00 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

Applicants 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- two eveningwear (couture) and two ready-to-wear (pret-a-porter). The theme is “Me, myself and I.”

Entries must be send to:
Gert Johan Coetzee
North West School of Design
PO Box 10457
Klerksdorp, 2570
The top 7 applicants, who are chosen purely based on the quality of work submitted, as age, race, gender and birthplace are removed, will undergo an interview process with Gert Johan Coetzee and his publicist and will have to write an application test on the morning of the NWSD Graduation Fashion Show. On the evening of the fashion show Gert Johan Coetzee will announce the 2013 winner of the Gert Johan Coetzee Bursary.
The closing date for applications is 27 October 2012 and the date of the fashion show is 10 November 2012.  This auspicious event will be held at the Klerksdorp City Hall.
Gert Johan Coetzee studied fashion at the North West School of Design and qualified as Designer of the year in 2005. For the past four years, he has served on the institution’s advisory board and said that what he studied in 2004 & 2005 is very different from what is being taught there today. Due to the constant changing of the fashion industry, the courses as well as the course material used, is continuously being updated with the latest input from top designers and industry leaders, locally and internationally. Also, having local as well as international lecturers, it was easy for Gert Johan Coetzee to decide on North West School of Design as the best school for the bursary.
Previous winners of the bursary are Thabo Makhuzeni (2011) and John-Wayne Keyser (2012).
Gert Johan Coetzee 2011 bursary winner           Gert Johan Coetzee bursary winner 2012