Busi Klaas
Advancing South Africa's fashion production sector
South Africa
University of Westminster
2010-11
Fashion and Business Management
  • Busi completed her MA Fashion and Business Management at the University of Westminster, London, on a Canon Collins scholarship.
  • She is a skilled footwear expert, committed to transforming lives through community based training, skills programs and job creation. Her eventual aim is to develop workers skills training to preserve the manufacturing of consumer products within South Africa, thus strengthening local economies.
  • Busi currently works for Vaal University of Technology and is Head of Department of Footwear and Entrepreneurship.
  • She also serves as an Industry Expert Practitioner for Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FP&MSETA) and is developing a Footwear Design qualification to be rolled out in South Africa at Higher Diploma Level in 2018.
Greatest achievement: 

To be able to serve on an advisory committee for the rolling out of a Footwear Design qualification for 2018 across South African universities.

Professional interests: 

Design, Manufacturing, Skills Development, Job creation, Education

Current occupation: 
Footwear Design Specialist and Industry Liaison Officer