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Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Top Designer inspires students

INSPIRATIONAL: Project Runway South Africa judge Noni Gasa and Designer Laduma Ngxokolo during the talk at CPUT. INSPIRATIONAL: Project Runway South Africa judge Noni Gasa and Designer Laduma Ngxokolo during the talk at CPUT.

Designer Laduma Ngxokolo, who is making waves internationally with his uniquely South African designs, recently shared his incredible road to success story with Design students. 

Ngxokolo, the founder of knitwear brand Maxhosa By Laduma, was participating in a panel discussion, hosted by Project Runway South Africa judge, Noni Gasa.
Titled Fashion and Finance, the discussion held at the District Six campus formed part of the Capitec Live Better Talks.

Ngxokolo was 16 when his mother passed away and he told students that he used to work on a knitting machine that she had bought from the Salvation Army for R150.

He said his “savviness” as an entrepreneur started at school where he used to sell scarves to fellow pupils.

“For me, what has pushed me the most is disappointment. Disappointment motivates me. It gives me some form of energy to do better and to higher my standards even more.”

Fashion programme leader Annadine Vlok said the event brought a boost of energy and was “absolutely loved by students”.

“The talk is really pulling through the curriculum that you offer in your classroom and they see the reality with people that’s actually making it happen in industry. It’s so much more substantial when it comes from someone like Laduma, who comes from a similar background. It’s a big inspiration.

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Health and Wellness Sciences and Informatics and Design Faculties.