About Us

We organise a variety of programmes, events, and activities, in order to increase market access opportunities for our members and to equip them with business skills, market intelligence, and networking opportunities. This includes our annual prestigious flagship event – Africa Fashion Exchange (AFX™). AFX™ is highly recognised and considered as one of Africa’s most important fashion weeks to showcase the best that KwaZulu-Natal, the country and the continent can produce. The Council in collaboration with various partners such as district municipalities, leading fashion institutions, retailers and other industry stakeholders offer numerous programmes including Ready2Retail™, Legacy Project™, Master Classes, Designer forums and Upskilling Workshops amongst others. Designers under the KZN Fashion Council get the opportunity of being exposed to local, regional and international trade shows, expos and fashion shows for benchmarking, trading and learning purposes.

Our purpose is to promote the home-grown fashion, design and style of KwaZulu-Natal by harnessing and sharing knowledge, experiences, capabilities and resources within the sector. We are about collaborations and partnerships; bringing together the private and public sector for the benefit of creatives within the fashion and design industry.

  • Business and skills development programmes: Ready2Retail, the Legacy Programme,
  • District Workshops and programmes, designer mentorship
  • Networking and Information sharing: Fashion & Design Conferences/Indaba, Designer
  • Networking Sessions and Industry Meetings/Designer Forums
  • Market access, Fashion Events and Industry Links: Retail programme, local, regional and international fashion trade shows
  • Market Intelligence: learning and researching facilities
Name: Dr Matshediso Joy Ndlovu
Title: Interim Managing Director KZN Fashion Council
Qualifications: Doctorate & Masters in Business Admin, B.Degree: HRM, N.Dip: HRM (3 yrs) & N.Dip: Transport (3 yrs)
Experience: Founder and director of Ndlovu and Co Holdings and chairperson and board member of various organisations such as SEDA Construction Incubator and the South African State Theatre

Name: Adv. Mxolisi Zulu
Title: Chairperson of the KZN Fashion Council
Qualifications: LLB (UKZN), Certificate in Legislative Drafting (UJ)
Experience: Advocate of the High Court and chairperson of the KZNFC

Name: Fikiswa Pupuma
Title: KZN Fashion Council Board Member (EDTEA)
Qualifications: MA Social Policy (Urban Development) and Degree in Business Admin
Experience: Chief Director of the Sector Development Unit at the Dept. of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs and a board member to EDTEA entities; KZN Fashion Council, KZN Film Commission, Dube Trade Port and Trade and Investment KZN

Name: Lindiwe Kuzwayo
Title: KZN Fashion Council Board Member
Qualifications: N.Dip. General Nursing and Midwifery, Dip. Fashion Design and Certificate in Export Orientation for Small Business
Experience: Founder and director of the Lindiwe Kuzwayo Academy of Fashion. Fashion veteran and award winning fashion designer. Special awards received: eThekwini Living Legend 2010, Durban Fashion Fair Lifetime Achiever Award 2017, Impumelelo Award Top 300, Mayor’s Award Excellence in the field of job creation, Durban Chamber of Commerce Personality of the Year

Name: Sizakele Moloko
Title: KZN Fashion Council Board Member (Finance & Fundraising Committee)
Qualifications: Dip. Tourism Development and Management, Dip HRM, Finance and Project Management, Postgrad Dip Tourism Development and Management, BA Hon Degree Linguistics and Leadership Development for Change Management Experience: Manages the finance and fundraising committee of the KZN Fashion Council board and is affiliated with various organisations; Mathu Empowerment and Leadership Solutions, Facets of Africa and Kegu Logistics- Lincolnwood Pty (Ltd)

Name: Ashvir Dhuki
Title: KZN Fashion Council Board Member (Audit & Risk Committee)
Qualifications: Bcom Accounting, Hon Accounting, MDP (BBEEE) and Chartered Accountants SA Certificate Experience: Manages the audit and risk committee of the KZN Fashion Council board and is affiliated with various organisations; Strategic Audit Techniques Inc, Strategic Audit Gauteng Inc, SDS Brick and Block (Pty) Ltd and KZN Growth Fund Trust

Name: Neo Nomvete
Title: Executive: Business Relations & Marketing
Education: N.Dip Clothing Management (3 yrs)
Experience: 10 years in the fashion clothing retail industry. Have worked for local and international retailers; Edcon (Edgars Consolidated) and Mr Price Group

Name: Arlene Moodley
Title: Executive: Operations & Services
Education: BProc Law: Law
Experience: 20 years in the pharmaceutical and dermatologic product industry. Have worked for local and international make-up brands; Estee Lauder

Name: Londiwe Nzama
Title: Coordinator: Programs & Events
Education: N.Dip Public Relations (3 yrs)
Experience: 3 years in corporate PR and Marketing. Have worked for Trade & Investment KZN and Woolworths

Name: Andiswa Siwela
Title: Coordinator: PR and Digital Marketing
Education: N.Dip Public Relations (3yrs), Certificate Digital Marketing (1yr) and Advanced Dip Brand Innovation (2yrs)
Experience: 4 years in print media, radio and social media marketing. Have worked the Independent Media and Ubuntu Community Chest

Name: Tara Bhagoo
Title: Coordinator: Admin, Finance & Secretarial
Education: B. Degree
Experience: 5 years in administrative work and international English tutor