Bongiwe studied for a National Diploma in electrical engineering at Peninsula Tech from 1987 to 1990. As she was working for Telkom, she began designing and making dresses for herself and soon built a loyal client base. Unhappy with the skill of her dressmaking, 1997 she decided to study fashion at Natal Technikon. She qualified with a National Diploma in fashion
Award winning Bongiwe has numerous achievements including showcasing and exhibiting her designs in New York, India, Las Vegas, London, Switzerland, Japan, Milan, Vietnam, Singapore, Thessalonica in Greece, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Egypt, Singapore, Doha in Qatar, Atlanta and recently in Germany.
Bongiwe has worked closely with the renowned local textile company Da Gama Textiles the sole producer of the authentic seshweshwe fabric. She is the product developer of their Madiba range. In the past Da Gama Textiles sponsored Bongiwe with fabric for her fashion shows, in return Bongiwe would give them rights to some of her designs for Da Gama Textiles to advertise their fabric. She has helped popularise the only true ethnic South African fabric; the original Seshweshwe on the catwalk.
She has also been a product developer for Wild Silk Africa.
Bongiwe also is the majority owner of The Bongiwe Walaza Design’s
is dedicated to her passion to be a quality manufacturer and distributor of elegant South African women and men’s luxury designer wear. Committed to developing Bongiwe Walaza Designs into a sustainable world-class business. She aims to build factories in rural areas, employing and providing skills development programs to the disadvantaged people in Africa
Bongiwe Walaza designs are characterised by a commitment to originality and individualism, each garment has its own unique design. Bongiwe Walaza Designs is a sophisticated collection of garments that stay true to the Traditional African influence Walaza is known for, but adds a distinctly classic twist.
made to enhance the beauty of women's body shape and movement.
Signature style is self generated handcrafted detailing seamless co-ordination and figure friendly layering.
Creations are a kaleidoscope of the old meets new; traditional styles, colours and fabrics with modern inspiration; Afro with a foretaste of modern style, bringing a view of Africa to the world. This fusion I believe makes my designs truly extraordinary.
Their garments are unique and timeless