Few people today realise that FEDISA is the only tertiary institution in the Western Cape of South Africa that offers the fully registered and accredited BA: Fashion and a BA Honours: Fashion Degrees. The story of FEDISA is as fascinating as the institution’s graduates are successful. What started out as a revolutionary vision for fashion education has grown into a leading contributor to the global fashion industry

Unlike most fashion schools, FEDISA was created to deliver more than seamstresses and pattern-makers to the world of fashion. FEDISA graduates can today be found in an astounding array of careers across the globe. These range from working for Marchessa and Diane von Furstenburg in New York to Christopher Kane in London and Haikure in Milan. There are designers and buyers, editors and stylists, visual merchandisers, fashion technologists, and costume archivists. The list of local and international employment opportunities simply keeps growing for these talented and committed graduates.

FEDISA has also significantly contributed to exporting some amazing talent into the African continent, with Temitope Williams – FEDISA Graduate 2009 launching her own teaching academy in Lagos, Nigeria recently.

Another great success of FEDISA is the large number of students that the institution continues to attract from across South Africa and the rest of the world. To this end FEDISA has developed students from as far afield as the United States of America, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Slovakia, Jordan, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and many more.

FEDISA’s unprecedented growth remains premised on the ethos of excellence that continues to permeate all aspects of the institute, from the highly qualified academic staff and world-class educational facilities to the exceptionally diverse programme content and enormous annual Graduate Collection Show. FEDISA graduates are now so highly regarded in industry that final year students are headhunted by all the major players, often before they have graduated.

FEDISA has proven that the days of fashion schools training glorified seamstresses are over. The modern fashion institute must prepare its graduates for the enormous diversity of career opportunities that are available in today’s dynamic world of fashion. Herein FEDISA has been shown to be remarkably successful as the list of FEDISA graduates in the global industry keeps growing.

Fashion has long since lost the veil of frivolity and emerged as a major economic force. With global profits annually ranking in the billions of dollars it is obvious that fashion has become a serious pursuit for big business. Therefore, a serious fashion education is the access route to industry participation and success.

FEDISA is serious about fashion, are you?



Stefan le Roux

Chair: Academic Advisory Council – Legal
Stefan le Roux graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in 2000 and is an admitted Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of England and Wales and has held academic positions at the Universities of South Africa and Stellenbosch.

Mr Le Roux is a Senior Partner at Herold Gie Attorneys and in addition to a career in law; he has retained a keen interest in the performing arts, which attributes a great deal to his input and skills in the academic affairs of FEDISA.

Stefan is also a newsreader for the Cape Town based radio station Fine Music Radio.


Hannes Geyer

Member: Academic Advisory Council – Finance
Hannes Geyer is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) and holds the degrees B.Acc and B.Acc (Hons) from the University of the Free State. After completing his articles at international audit firm PwC, Mr Geyer was appointed as audit manager in the Consumer and Industrial Products and Services division of their Cape Town office. During his tenure at PwC he served as manager on the audits of national listed and multinational companies, and spent time working in PwC offices in the UAE and Australia.

He left the audit profession after six years to take up his current position as Commercial Finance Manager at the Clicks Group Ltd in Cape Town with specific responsibility for the Merchandise, Advertising and Marketing departments. His fields of expertise are financial reporting, financial analysis, forecasting and cash flow modeling.

Hannes has a keen interest in the South African wine and culinary industry and is an accomplished chef in his limited spare time.

John Luis

John Luis

Member: Academic Advisory Council – Academic Management
John Luis began his career as a Mathematics teacher after completing his Bachelor of Science degree and Higher Diploma in Education at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is currently reading for his Masters degree through the University of Roehampton in the United Kingdom.

John was appointed Principal of Reddam House in Bedfordview in 2003. In May 2008, he took up a position as the National Subjects Coordinator for the group of schools under the ADvTech Banner. In 2009, John was appointed the Senior Deputy Head at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.

John’s first love has always been assessment in Mathematics. Over the years, John has addressed Mathematics teachers at various conferences in South Africa including the conferences held by the Independent Examinations Board, the Association of Mathematics Educators of South Africa, the National Association of Mathematics Teachers of South Africa, the South African Association for Learning and Educational Difficulties as well as guest speaker at the annual Western Cape Mathematics Educators Conference in 2007.

John has been a National IEB Examiner and Moderator for Mathematics since 2006.

In June 2015, John took up the position of Head of Academics for the 77 schools within the ADvTech group, and remains one of South Africa’s best-dressed gentlemen.


Allen Leroux

Chief Executive Officer / Academic Director
With a Masters Degree in 21st Century Design Education from the University of Cape Town, Allen Leroux is a widely published commentator on design education matters. He has served on the Management Committee of the Design Educators Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) and has acted as a National Assessor of Programme Accreditation for the Council on Higher Education (CHE) for a number of years.

After spending 11 years with the former Cape Technikon, teaching across the full spectrum of the Fashion Design programme, Mr Leroux moved his expertise to Private Higher Education to establish FEDISA (Pty) Ltd in 2005. As Academic Director and CEO of the company he now shares his considerable tertiary design education experience with the staff and students on FEDISA’s BA: Fashion Design and BA Honours: Fashion Degree programmes.

Allen is also instrumental in the development of all FEDISA’s international collaborative projects, which coincide with his extensive research for his current PhD studies in Best Practice Models for Tertiary Design Education.


Gerald Bird

Chief Operating Officer / Director Admissions & Operations
A founding partner of FEDISA (Pty) Ltd, Mr Bird moved his substantial logistics, administrative and information technology expertise into the Private Higher Education sector at the launch of the institute in 2005. With an Advanced Diploma of Management from the Australian Business and Retail Academy (Sydney) and a Business Management Degree from Stellenbosch University, he is responsible for all academic reporting systems within FEDISA.

As COO he also oversees the administrative and financial portfolios of FEDISA (Pty) Ltd and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and technological advancements of the institute.

Gerald’s deep interest in architectural design was the catalyst for the development of the new FEDISA campus with its iconic 7-storey red tower, which has become a landmark in the heart of Cape Town.


Khanyisa Gqada – ‘Ms K’

Director of Student Affairs
Ms K joined FEDISA in 2007 following an initial career with Woolworths. Her exceptional people skills are perfectly matched to the highly demanding environment of the higher education industry.

As Director of Student Affairs, Ms K works closely with the directors of FEDISA and shoulders the vast responsibility of public liaison and managing the institute’s student body, while providing day-to-day guidance and support to both students and staff.

She is part of the executive management team that exercises oversight of the academic administration system and is responsible for safeguarding the institutional assessment system and transcript generation processes.

Ms K also plays a leading role in the organization of the major annual institutional events, which include the Graduate Collection Show and Graduation Ceremony.

She continues to be the first port of call for all internal student enquiries and related matter that are directed to the institute, in addition to which she is the coordinator of the FEDISA Brand Ambassador Team.


Dexter Jeremiah Dog

Director of Security
As a leading member of the FEDISA team, Dexter has been guarding the institute on a more permanent basis since mid-2008, following a short and boring stint in semi-retirement. ‘The Dexter’ or ‘Mr Dexter’, as students and staff affectionately know him, is charged with morale boosting, crazy antics in the food court, multiple daily cuddles for anyone feeling glum and FEDISA’s internal security.

The security aspects of The Dexter’s duties, which he takes most seriously, include adding a menacing presence in FEDISA’s reception to deter any ne’er-do-well and ensuring that no intrusive foodstuffs make it into any of the FEDISA studios.


Elizabeth Retief

Staff Mentor (Part Time)
Holding a National Higher Diploma in Clothing Design and an Academic Colours Award for Academic Excellence from the erstwhile Port Elizabeth Technikon, Ms Retief brings a tertiary design education background spanning 54 years to FEDISA, where she has been instrumental in the development of an exceptionally advanced textiles technology programme.

Having spent 13 years as a lecturer at the Port Elizabeth Technikon she progressed into adult education taking on the role of technology instructor for one of South Africa’s foremost sewing technology providers. She has trained literally thousands of design and technology professionals (including FEDISA’s CEO & Academic Director – Allen Leroux) and now shares her unfathomable knowledge with the students at FEDISA.

Ms Retief was instrumental in the establishment of the FEDISA Mentorship Programme for Academic Staff, through which junior staff members at FEDISA are trained to her exacting specifications in order to offer the highest levels of educational competency to the FEDISA students.

Despite her annual threats to retire fully, she is persuaded to stay ‘just one more year every time.


Unita Meiring

Head of Department and Senior Lecturer: Production Technology (Full Time)
Following her initial fashion design, tailoring and pattern drafting qualification, Ms Meiring further developed her substantial knowledge of fashion technology and adult education through a 16 year association with both the Swedish Husqvarna and the Swiss Bernina companies, two of the world’s foremost producers of fashion technology.

She joined the FEDISA academic team in 2006, where she specializes in the promotion of the
most advanced production technologies currently available. She continues to share her extensive knowledge with the students and staff at FEDISA, where her specific interest in materials re-fabrication adds an exciting new dimension to the fashion programme at the institute.

Ms Meiring is responsible for t e supervision of all final year graduate collections and as such assesses close on a thousand garments each year.


Marinella Avvakoumides

Senior Lecturer and Head of Department: Visual Studies (Full Time)
Ms Avvakoumides joined the FEDISA team in 2011, taking on the Visual Studies course, after relocating from Gauteng. She received the Top Student Award in both the 3rd year and 4th year, BTech Degree studies, at Pretoria Technikon, which she also completed Cum Laude. Ms Avvakoumides lectured at the Design School Southern Africa for six years, during which time she was appointed Head of Fashion and later Vice Principal of the institution.

Ms Avvakoumides takes a keen interest in handcrafted jewellery, a passion she has pursued since 2008 and which she shares with the FEDISA students in the 2D & 3D Design course. In addition to her lecturing duties at FEDISA, Ms Avvakoumide also heads up the FEDISA Industry Liaison team.


Megan Howard

Lecturer: Communication & Social Studies – Undergraduate Studies
Research Methodology and Content Supervision – Post Graduate Studies

Having graduated with a BA Language and Cultures degree (Cum Laude), as well as an Honours degree in Psychology (Cum Laude) from the University of Stellenbosch, Megan taught English at si< different schools in South Korea during 2012.

Upon her return to South Africa she completed her Masters of Psychology at Stellenbosch University with a semester rotation at Maastricht University, Netherlands.

Ms Howard has most recently worked at Varsity College, lecturing postgraduate students in psychological assessment. She has experience in fine art and a keen interest in visually inclined therapy methods. Ms Howard joined the FEDISA team in 2016 as both a bachelors and honours lecturer in theoretical studies. In addition, Ms Howard is part of the Brand Ambassador team and acts as a research facilitator for honours students at FEDISA.


Lucia Uhlikova

Lecturer: Production Technology (Full Time)
Ms Uhlikova joined FEDISA in 2011 as a Lecturer in the Department of Production Technology of FEDISA’s BA: Fashion Degree. A gifted design professional, Ms Uhlikova first completed a Diploma in Clothing Technology at the SOU Odevne, Vrbove in Slovakia. After moving to South Africa, Lucia advanced her studies with a Bachelors Degree in Fashion at FEDISA and was the winner of the 2009 Cape Town Sewing Centre Award for Best Technical Execution in a Graduate Collection during the final year of her studies. In 2016, she successfully graduated with an Honours Degree in Fashion from her alma mater.

Ms Uhlikova is responsible for the development of student knowledge in production technology, pattern drafting, and technical drawing, as well as textile technology for final year students on the BA: Fashion degree at FEDISA. In addition to her lecturing duties she also manages the numerous fashion events presented on campus during the academic year and is also part of the FEDISA Brand Ambassador team.

Luke Caldecott

Luke Caldecott

Junior Lecturer: Visuals Studies (Full Time)
Mr Caldecott joined FEDISA in 2015 after graduating from the institute with a Bachelors Degree in”
Fashion in 2012.

His expertise in the digital arts led him into computer-aided design (CAD) and he joined the team at Rhino Africa Safaris as a graphic designer immediately after graduating. During his time with Rhino Africa, he was promoted to senior graphic designer, working on various visual communication cam- paigns for the company, which included promotional video editing.

His responsibilities at FEDISA include the creative development of First Year students as he takes on the role of Visual Studies lecturer. His skillset ranges from digital design to the art of layout and presentation and he prides himself on understanding the creative processes that drive the Visual Studies components of the BA: Fashion Degree at FEDISA.

He is an avid Pop Culture enthusiast, able to distil the world around him for the consumption and knowledge develop- ment of his students at the institution.

Luke is also a FEDISA Brand Ambassador and responsible for all in-house institutional graphic design and video editing.

Mia Steenkamp

Mia Steenkamp

Junior Lecturer: Clothing Technology and Technical Drawing (Full Time)
Mia Steenkamp graduated from FEDISA in 2011 with a BA Degree in Fashion and received the Academic Council Award for Excellence in the same year. She continued her studies in 2012 at the Institute of European Design {IED) in Milan, Italy where she graduated Cum Laude with a Master Professional Fashion Design degree.

After completing her studies, she interned at Haikure, an Italian denims manufacturer, where she was later appointed Junior Designer and Print & Treatment Developer. Upon her return to South Africa in 2014, she worked as Assistant Designer at Hendrik Vermeulen Couture in Cape Town, tasked with Couture Collections and Print Development, as well as being the studio Pattern Maker and Production Manager.

Mia joined the FEDISA team in 2016 as Junior Lecturer in Clothing Technology and Textiles Theory. She is also a member of the FEDISA Brand Ambassadors and a true FEDISIAN at heart.

Carmen Maree

Carmen Maree

Junior Lecturer: Clothing Technology & Textiles Theory (Full Time)
Ms Maree joined the FEDISA team in 2017 as a member of the Clothing Technology Department.

She completed her Honours degree in B Consumer Science: Clothing Retail Management (Cum Laude) at the University of Pretoria. Her fashion career commenced with the luxury fashion brand, Paul Smith as merchandise planner and sales assistant in Johannesburg. Thereafter, Carmen worked as a fashion accessories buyer for Cosmic Fashion Options where she acquired invaluable industry experience on the buying side of retail.

Ms Maree then relocated to Japan where she taught English for two years at the American School in Nagoya. Upon her return to South Africa, she began her lecturing career at the Design School Southern Africa in Johannesburg.

In January this year she again relocated, this time to Cape Town to take up her current position at FEDISA, where she is
also part of the Brand Ambassador team.

Jessica Boswoth-Smith

Jessica Boswoth-Smith

Junior Lecturer: Visual Studies (Full Time)
Ms Bosworth-Smith joined the FEDISA team in 2017 as a Visual Studies lecturer. She obtained her undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in Sculpture and Art History & Visual Culture, from Rhodes University in 2011. Upon graduating, Jessica moved to Paris to work as an Au Pair and attend French language classes.

In 2014, she obtained a TEFL certification and moved to Istanbul in 2015, where she worked at a number of schools and businesses as an English teacher. During 2015, she also obtained her Post Graduate Certificate in Education from UNISA (Cum Laude). Ms Bosworth-Smith then went on to complete an Honours degree in Illustration (Visual Studies) at Stellenbosch in 2016, which she successfully passed with distinction.

She also recently received a nod from the annual Design Indaba curators, being named one of South Africa’s “Emerging Creatives” to watch.

Zelni Terblanche

Zelni Terblanche

Junior Lecturer: Production Technology and Textile Theory ( Full Time)
Ms. Terblanche joined the FEDISA team at the beginning of 2016. She is responsible for the Apparel Construction, Pattern Construction and Textiles Theory of the First Year Students on the BA: Fashion Degree.

During her studies at FEDISA she completed a successful internship at the widely acclaimed design house – Klük / CGDT and was appointed as personal assistant to Malcolm Klük and Christiaan Gabriel Du Toit after completing her 3-year BA Fashion Design Degree at FEDISA.

She gained experience at Klük / CGDT in a variety of fields including Studio Management (couture pattern construction and apparel construction), Retail Management and Event Planning.

Ms. Terblanche is also part of the FEDISA Brand Ambassador team.

Suné Snyman

Suné Snyman

Junior Lecturer: Production Technology and Design history (Full Time)
Ms Snyman joined FEDISA in 2017. She completed her BA Humanities Degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2012, thereafter moved to Thailand to teach English at Ayudhaya International Preparatory School. Upon her return to South Africa, Sunè was employed as a design intern at Odette Gomes Design in Cape Town.

Ms Snyman completed her BA: Fashion Degree at FEDISA, during which time she excelled in her studies, achieving the Irregular Choice Award for Outstanding Conceptual Design and working on an extended internship with Marianne Fassler in Johannesburg during her final year of studies.

Following her studies and international travels, Suné joined her Alma Mater as Junior Lecturer in the Clothing Technology Department, in addition to which she also lectures Design History to First Year students. Ms Snyman is also a FEDISA Brand Ambasador and continues to work on her private label in her spare time.

Jade Simkins

Jade Simkins

Junior Lecturer: Production Technology and Technical Drawing (Full Time)
Ms Simkins graduated with a BA: Fashion Degree from FEDISA in 2014. During her studies, she gained invaluable experience in a broad range of the fashion industry by working with One Small Seed; the Cape Town based pop culture platform, as well as The Foschini Group (TFG) in both the design and buying areas.

Jade is also no stranger to the competitive spirit of the fashion industry, having placed as a finalist in both local and international design competitions during her studies at FEDISA.

Following her Fashion Degree, she enrolled at the University of Cape Town to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Marketing, where she was also awarded top honours in Research and Communications Studies for her final thesis. After the completion of her UCT studies Ms Simkins interned at ELLE Magazine as a fashion assistant, where she was tasked with contributing to editorial and online content.

As a member of the FEDISA Brand Ambassador team, she regularly attends caree expos to ensure that the next generations of FEDISA students fully understand their study and career options.

Anita Best

Anita Best

After matriculating from Robertson High School in 1998, Anita Best pursued her B.Compt degree through UNISA while doing her South African Institute of Chartered Accountants articles at the Cape firm of Henri Grove & Partners.

She has worked as Audit/Accounting Manager for Nolands – Tygerberg and until 2013 was the Accountant at The Waitrose Foundation, a non-profit South African based organisation of the Waitrose Retailers Group in the United Kingdom. The Waitrose Foundation is dedicated to the upliftment of farmworkers in South Africa on the farms that supply fruit to the UK.

Ms Best joined FEDISA in 2013 and is responsible for all bookkeeping requirements of the institution. She remains a Professional Accountant registered with SAIPA.

Nobuntu Sibozo

Nobuntu Sibozo

Receptionist/Secretary (Full Time)
Ms Nobu joined FEDISA in 2016 directly after she graduated from Northlinl< College with a Certificate in Human Resources.

She is the first point of contact in all dealings with FEDISA in her role as receptionist and assists the Head of Student Affairs with various day-to-day office management activities.

Penny Telana

Penny Telana

Student Administrator (Full Time)
Ms Telana joined FEDISA initially as a receptionist in 2015 after spending a number of years in public administration with the Department of Human Settlements and the Department of Transport and Public Works.

Penny is FEDISA’s Student Administrator, working alongside with the Head of Student Affairs, dealing with day-to-day student enquiries and student reporting.

Megan Davies

Megan Davies

Resident Photographer/ Photographic Studio Manager (Part Time)
Ms Davies began collaborating with FEDISA students in 2014 after graduating from the ORMS Cape Town School of Photography with a distinction, and became the resident photographer at FEDISA at the start of 2015, tasked with shooting portfolio work for all levels of FEDISA fashion students.

Megan officially launched her photographic career beyond FEDISA in 2015 with several corporate clients, including Woolworths and That Shoe Lady. In addition to her work at FEDISA, Ms Davies has also lectured at the ORMS CTSP and has had several editorials published in both local and international magazines.

In her spare time Megan likes to experiment with new photographic techniques to expand repertoire and bring the next level of creativity to all her shoots.


Bomvana Roy Zweni

Maintenance Supervisor
Having honed his craft in the maintenance industry through BERCO South Africa, Mr Zweni joined FEDISA at its inception in 2005, working as the institute’s maintenance supervisor. Mr Zweni oversees the team responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the FEDISA campus, as well as the set up and striking of the institute’s numerous exhibitions.


Moses Magwashu

General Cleaner and Assistant Grounds Man
Mr Magwashu joined the FEDISA maintenance team at the start of 2012 with FEDISA’s relocation to its new campus. Receiving in-service from Mr Zweni, Moses quickly developed his skills as maintenance and cleaning assistant and is also being trained as assistant grounds man for the landscaped FEDISA Event Deck.