Noni Gasa announces fashion bursary for aspiring design students

Noni Gasa
Noni Gasa

In partnership with Design Academy of Fashion (DAF) in Cape Town, The Noni Gasa Bursary offers one deserving student the chance to pursue a three-year Diploma in Fashion in 2020. 

The resident judge on Project Runway South Africa, is passionate about unearthing the next generation of African talent and is calling for applications from prospective design students who are unable to afford private education. With sponsorships from Woolworths, Elna and Rain, the winning candidate will get their full tuition fees as well as their living expenses covered for three years, to the value of R460 000! 

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“There has never been a more exciting time for African fashion”, Gasa says. “2019 was truly our breakthrough year and now, more than ever, the world’s looking to us for a new aesthetic, a fresh perspective and creative expression with a unique point of view. The success of Thebe Magugu, Laduma Ngxokolo and Rich Mnisi have made it possible for the African child to dream more audaciously and they are proof that we have all it takes to compete against the best in the world. I believe that, through this incredible opportunity, we’ll discover and develop the next big name in the game and an ambassador for the African continent”, she adds. 

In addition to getting their tuition fees covered, the beneficiary of The Noni Gasa Bursary will also receive R5 000 a month towards their transport and accommodation in Cape Town, R1 000 per month from Woolworths Food, unlimited mobile data from Rain for three years, top-of-the-range sewing machines and an overlock machine from Elna, as well as their textbooks and art kits. 

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Applicants are not required to have previous design experience but will have to demonstrate their creative and artistic flair, by submitting a trend storyboard and hand-drawn sketches of their original designs. Applications close on 30 October 2019 and the winner will be announced in the press on 7 November 2019. All interested applicants can apply via


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