For immediate release
24 November 2016
Call For Fashion Designers To Participate In City Fashion Mentorship Programme
To further grow the fashion sector in the City, eThekwini Municipality will be hosting a fashion mentorship programme to capacitate fashion designers with skills in order for them to remain competitive in the industry.
The Municipality initiated the programme to equip and expose fashion designers to various fashion skills which will enable them to be innovative and enhance their businesses. The programme will also help facilitate market and networking opportunities leading to growth and sustainability of the emerging fashion designers businesses.
The Municipality invites fashion designers and fashion houses within eThekwini to be part of the Fashion Mentorship Programme.
The programme will focus on four pillars namely business development, participation in the Durban Fashion Fair, participation in the Fashion Pavilion during the Durban Business Fair and access to a wider market which will see designers have contact with international markets.
A detailed presentation about the programme will be held on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 between 12h00 -14h00 at SEDA ASGISA Hall for interested fashion designers.
EThekwini Mayor Councillor Zandile Gumede said the fashion sector continues to be a key driver of rapid economic growth linked to job creation.
“Due to technological advancement, the fashion sector has also undergone significant changes and has become a fast growing sector internationally,” she said.
Gumede added that the mentorship programme will provide opportunities for designers to learn more about the latest fashion trends which will open further market opportunities for them.
To apply for the programme, the following information is required:
•Company Profile
•Individual Profile/CV. Attach copies of Matric Certificate / Diploma / Degree and certificate/s
•Certified copy of ID
•Letter of Motivation detailing why you should be selected for this program as well as your future fashion business prospects
•Professional Portfolios – showing clothing ranges you are currently working on or have worked on in the past 12 months
•Proof of residence
The above documents must be delivered by no later than Thursday, 15 December 2016 between 08h00 – 16h00 to the Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit, 11th Floor, 75 Dr Langalibalele Dube Street, Durban.
Interested fashion designers and fashion houses are requested to indicate if their businesses are registered. If not, the Municipality will assist the designers with the process of registration through the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA).
For more information and enquiries regarding the Fashion Mentorship Programme contact Nondumiso Mhlongo on 031 311 4578 or e-mail:
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.
For more information contact Gugu Mbonambi on 031 311 4855 or email: or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or email
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