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Anel Botha, Kobus Rautenbach and Ernst Schutz are all NWSD graduates who made news headlines this week

Headline news – 12 August 2021 – Klerksdorp Record

“Thato Mosehle could make history as the first South African to win the Miss Supranational pageant. She’s wearing a dress by Anel Botha, who is one of the local designers outfitting her for the event. –
Image: Supplied/Miss SA – “

Times Live – 29 July 2021

Our Miss South Africa, that will represent South Africa at the Miss Supranational pageant in Poland, is a home-grown Klerksdorpian doctor.

Thato Mosehle will be representing South Africa later in August for these top three international pageants.  What makes this remarkable is that North West School of Design alumni designers were commissioned by the organiser of the Miss SA pageant, Werner Wessels to design some of her garments for this spectacular event and the leading towards the competition.

This will take place on the 21st of August 2021 in Nowy Sacz in Poland.

Anel Botha of Anel Botha Couture, Alumni NWSD 2006 was responsible to design her final evening gown and traditional costume for the competition.  Botha is no stranger to the pageants as she has been commissioned by the organisers of Miss SA to design for all their finalists in 2016 and 2017.  Anel also designed the dress that Demi-Leigh Nel Peters wore when she was crowned Miss Universe in 2017.

Anel Botha – NWSD Graduate – 2006

Miss SA – 2016 – Dressed in Anel Botha Couture

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters – Miss Universe 2017 – Dressed in Anel Botha Couture

Another star to look out for is Kobus Rautenbach, Alumni NWSD 2007 who designed some of her outfits for the pageant.  Coincidentally he also designed Thato’s matric farewell dress when she was a Grade 12 learner.  Kobus also designed for ex Miss World 2004, Rolene Strauss.

Kobus Rautenbach – NWSD Graduate – 2009       

Minnie Dlamini dressed in Kobus Rautenbach Couture

Ernst Schutz of Ernst Schutz Exclusives, Alumni NWSD 2014 is also on the ladder for designing garments for Thato, and he owns his own couture studio right in the heart of Klerksdorp. 

Ernst Schutz – NWSD Graduate – 2014

Bridal Gown by Schutz Exclusives

We wish Thato the best of luck as she represents South Africa at Miss Supranational, and we all hope she returns with the crown.