Media statement by Nomonde Mbadi, Executive Director of Corporate AffairsTabeisa, a not for profit organisation that is a consortium of six higher education institutions is holding a Fashion Show and Action Exhibition at The Runway, Cape Town on the evening of Wednesday 8th October. The consortium members include Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Durban University of Technology, Tshwana University of Technology and Walter Sisulu University. The United Kingdom partners are Coventry University and Greenwich University.
The event will feature two fashion shows the first of which will be the final of the Tabeisa Design4life Africa Fashion competition. “We have shortlisted the finalists for Design4life Africa and the first show will feature the 25 dresses that have been shortlisted. The judging panel will include buyers from major SA and UK retail chains and they will pick the dress that has both commercial appeal but also is suitable for manufacture by a small business based in a disadvantaged community” said Mbadi.
In addition to the Design4life Africa, Tabeisa has also been collaborating with the London College of Fashion to try to assist businesses in poor communities to develop products. The products will be marketed through Exclusive Roots which is the trading arm of Tabeisa and aims to give producers direct access to an export market. Ten designers were each based for a month with a business either in East London, Durban or Cape Town. The second fashion show of the evening will feature this new Exclusive Roots collection and all the businesses involved in the venture will be represented at the event.
During the days leading to the Fashion Show and Action Exhibition, Tabeisa will be running the final stages of the Tabeisa Enterprise4life competition at the Cape Peninsula University, Bellville Campus. The Tabeisa Aids Awareness book and CD have been used with university students and community groups to increase their aids awareness knowledge. They have worked in teams to design, develop and implement their own aids awareness project out in the local community. On the 6th, 7th and 8th October the ten teams that have been shortlisted from the 120 teams that entered the programme will be delivering their projects to ten groups of 400 schoolchildren. All the schools involved are from disadvantaged communities and each school will receive 500 copies of the Tabeisa aids awareness book plus 30 copies of our aids awareness DVD.
The funding for the books and CDs has come from the Tabeisa Book4life scheme in which UK schools fundraise to buy aids awareness resources for schools in Africa. By the end of the three days the ten teams will between them have delivered their aids awareness projects to over 4000 learners. This will add to the 12 000 beneficiaries of the 120 entreprise4life projects that have been delivered in Kwa-Zulu-Natal and the Western Cape.
The winning team will be flown to the UK and will have the opportunity to deliver their project in UK schools.
The winning team will be announced at The Fashion Show and Action Exhibition. Students from the Durban University of Technology’s Drama Department took first prize in the 2007/8 competition and also won a trip to the UK.