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A Public Invitation To Durban Fashion Fair Modelling Scouting 2017

Young people from eThekwini Municipality, who are eager to break into the modelling industry and participate at Durban’s annual premier fashion event, the Durban Fashion Fair (DFF) 2017, are invited to modelling auditions.

The auditions, which will take place over two days on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 May, from 08h00 to 17h00 at Botanic Garden, will provide young men and women the opportunity to display their talents on the catwalk, showcasing the amazing work of local fashion designers during the DFF in August.

EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said the creative industry has increasingly been recognised as a key potential contributor to job creation.

“The City initiated the Fashion Development Programme as one of the devises to respond to economic challenges facing the City and poising a major challenge to economic growth. This is a great platform for our young people to explore opportunities that the fashion industry possesses,” said Mayor Gumede

The programme demonstrates the City’s commitment to developing the youth and exposing them to various creative platforms. “With the model scouting, we are opening opportunities for young people to tap into the fashion industry and to build a culture of entrepreneurship,” said Mayor Gumede.

She added that unemployment remains one of major challenges in the City. “Through this programme we want the youth to be actively involved in addressing socio-economic challenges by creating employment opportunities,” she said.

Aspirant models that are keen in pursuing a modelling career are encouraged to take part in this opportunity the City has offered. They are not required to have any modelling experience or be represented by an agency and don’t require a portfolio of photographs.  

Successful candidates will go through intense training that will be provided by well experienced fashion experts.


Female models :
  • Must be between the ages of 16 – 35 years (bring copy of your ID to verify your age)
  • Minimum height, 1.75m without heels
  • 90-92cm hip measurement
  • Must wear body fitting clothing and heels to the casting. Jeans are not allowed
  • Advised to wear minimal makeup

Male models

  • Must be between the ages of 16 – 35 years (bring copy of your  ID to verify your age)
  • Minimum height, 1.83m
  • Trouser size 30/32
  • Must wear fitted T-shirt or shirt and closed shoes or trainers to the casting
  • Must be in good physical shape

Members of the media are invited to modelling auditions scheduled as follow:

VENUE : Botanic Gardens  

DATES : 12 and 13 May 2017

TIME    :  08h00 – 16h00

For more information on modelling scouting contact Nondumiso Mhlongo on 031 311 4500 or or visit Municipal website on or Durban Fashion Fair (DFF) website at

Life Changing Experience In The Big Apple For Star Student Designer Leona Pillay

For young Pietermaritzburg based student fashion designer Leona Pillay, the whirlwind that started with her entry into the Vodacom Durban Young Designer Award, presented by Durban Fashion Fair, has just ended with a heady trip to New York that has changed her life forever.

Pietermaritzburg School of Fashion designer Leona Pillay with her outfit that won the 2016 Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award, presented by Durban Fashion Fair, modelled by Mahlatse Makwela.

Pillay, who studies at the Pietermaritzburg School of Fashion Design, blew the judges away with her stunning blue and beige laser cut ensemble that saw her come up trumps against a huge and very talented field of student designers at last year’s Young Designer Award finals. Her prize, a trip to New York to attend the New York Fashion Week with the Vodacom Durban July Fashion Programme director Tiffany Prior, opened up a whole new avenue in the life of the young star, who triumphed despite facing numerous challenges to the start of her fashion design career.

“Winning this trip to New York City was not only a dream come true, but a feeling I couldn’t contain,” bubbled Pillay on her return from the icy US fashion capital. “I still get emotional thinking about it today. Everything I did on this trip, I had never done before,” she said, after returning to her hometown flying first class on Delta Airlines.

“Winning the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award competition was unexpected, mostly because I used to doubt myself,” said Pillay. “Especially where I come from.” Her interest in fashion started at school. “I use to do sketches of clothing and found I was good at it,” said Pillay. “I wanted to see what I saw on paper come to life, and I knew that I could do it through design.”

She thought that a chance to pursue a career in fashion was fading after she fell pregnant shortly after matric, and she and her new husband moved in with her mother. Pillay was raised by her mother, who despite being the sole bread winner, asked her to choose a career path that she would fund the training for.

“The first thing I said was fashion, without a doubt,” recalls Pillay. “So with the help of my mum taking care of the little one, I was able to go to college!” Her talent quickly took her to the top of her class at the Pietermaritzburg School of Fashion Design, which celebrated her moment of glory when she was announced as the winner of the prestigious Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award at the raceday last year.

In April she jetted to the Big Apple, chaperoned by Prior, to make the most of her once-in-a-lifetime prize. “I attended a show, getting up close with garments on the rail, and I visited the fashion institute, giving me some knowledge on African American design history,” said Pillay. “One day I walked into the department store SAKS and got blown away by branded garments being so crisp and stitched to perfection. I said to Tiffany Prior : “If this is heaven, I’m so ready to die”. ”

“I learnt that fashion is so exciting! I also learnt that its OK to say you don’t know, it just means there is room to learn. “As a fashion designer I can say I will never be the same again. It doesn’t matter where you come from. All that matters is where you wish to head,” said Pillay. She urged any aspiring young student designer to get involved with the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award competition, and to use it as a massive growth and learning experience. “It’s your turn to go even higher. Good luck!” she added.

Nigerian Shoe Brand Keexs, collaborates with South African Designer for SA Fashion Week

Nigerian brand, Keexs (The first innovative and social Footwear brand in Africa) and South African based Afrikanswiss (Africa’s premier denim brand) recently collaborated on a new collection for South African Fashion Week 2017. The recent xenophobic attacks on foreigners, especially Nigerians living in South Africa did not deter these brands from working together to promote unity in the African fashion industry.

Showcased at the Hyde Park corner in Johannesburg on the 31st of March; the new Spring/Summer 2017 collection, “Naija man in Soweto” tells the story of a modern merge of cultures, with interesting pieces like the denim ‘fila’ to the denim embroidered ‘buba’, it’s safe to say that there’s no limit to the creativity of African fashion designers.

The Keexs sneaker collection with art curated by self-taught artist Lemi Ghariokwu, draws inspiration and pays tribute to the legendary Fela Anikulapo – Kuti, a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist and political maverick who has inspired millions of people all over the world.

The Afrikanswiss collection fused Nigerian traditional wear with pantsula street wear. Pantsula, a highly energetic dance originated in the black townships of South Africa during the Apartheid era. It developed into a form of social commentary for black South Africans and although it has undergone several transformations with the country’s changing political tides it still stays relevant till today.

Nigeria and South Africa could be likened to the Biblical Aaron and Moses, endowed with the responsibility of bringing Africa out from the bondage of despair, decline and underdevelopment. As regional powers, history has imposed on them the enormous task of finding solutions to some of the most pressing African concerns.

The Keexs and Afrikanswiss collection will be available in select retail stores in Nigeria and South Africa by Spring 2017

Today’s Best Radio, Inanda FM Surely Is On The Rise – Another Prize In The Bag

Yesterday Inanda FM was invited to the Human Rights Commission Buildings in BraamPark Johannesburg where the South African Human Rights Competition for someone standing up for someone’s rights took place.

Marketing and Sales Manager Indlovukazi Mapule, Marketing Intern Siyabonga Masuku, Chief Operations Officer Nonkululeko Cele and Programmes Manager Thulan Zondi

Marketing and Sales Manager Indlovukazi Mapule, Marketing Intern Siyabonga Masuku, Chief Operations Officer Nonkululeko Cele and Programmes Manager Thulan Zondi

As a community radio station who are big in community building, out of 9 finalists in the country, Inanda FM was the only nominee representing the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal and managed to make it to the top 3, taking home second place prize.

“I am excited with the results, when I initiated Inanda 88.4 FM I was starting a social movement organization that will fight for social change. The organization that will change people’s lives, fight for human rights and strengthen our Democracy. I am humbled by the recognition of South African Human Rights Commission” says proud Station Manager, Thandeka Ngobese.

Inanda 88.4 FM believes strongly on one’s rights not to be violated in any shape or form. Inanda FM is for the people, Inanda FM is for the spirit of Ubuntu.

Programmes Manager Thulan Zondi

Programmes Manager Thulan Zondi

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