South African fashion and media personality Noni Gasa, who co-owns the Design Academy Of Fashion (DAF) in Cape Town, has introduced the Noni Gasa Bursary, which will give one student the chance to pursue a three-year diploma in fashion next year.
The winning candidate will get full tuition fees and living expenses covered for three years, worth a total value of R460,000. This is broken down into a monthly stipend of R5,000 towards transport and accommodation in Cape Town, a Woolworths food voucher of R1,000 a month as well as unlimited mobile data from Rain for three years. Elna will supply top-of-the-range sewing machines and an overlocker. Textbooks and art kits are also covered. Previous design experience is not a requirement but applicants will have to demonstrate their creativity and flair by submitting a trend storyboard and hand-drawn sketches of their original designs. DAF is also the only southern African school to be selected for the prestigious Gucci Fellowship, a group of 12 global institutions that are official feeder schools to Gucci. This means that one third-year graduate from DAF will be given an opportunity to intern for 12 months at Gucci’s design headquarters in Rome each year.