The Judges

Meet The Judges - Project Runway South Africa 2018



After co-hosting a string of television productions such as Nokia Face of Africa, Big Brother Africa, Media Matters, The M-Net Movies Show, and starring as a judge on Mzansi Magic’s reality model search, Diamond in the Ruff, Noni Gasa returns to our screens as one of two resident judges on Project Runway South Africa.

The inimitable style icon is a top fashion PR specialist with a dynamic background in media and marketing. Noni cut her teeth as a features editor for women’s magazines over thirteen years ago and has since carved out an illustrious career working for leading retailers and consulting to global brands and advertising agencies. She holds an undergrad in Journalism, a Masters in Luxury Business and an MBA in Luxury Brand Management and has long been shaping and influencing trends that inspire millions of young South African women.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to be part of South Africa’s first Project Runway,” says Gasa. “It’s an honour to be able to lend my voice to an exciting new wave of talent in this country and to be able to show young minds what’s truly possible – beyond the scope and scale of anything that’s ever been done before. It makes me excited to get up in the morning.”

Gasa embodies the voice of the style-savvy individual who will be the eventual customer of the Project Runway SA winner’s designs. Casting a sharp eye over every aspect of each contestant’s designs, which will lead up to the ultimate decision of who to cut and who to keep, contestants will also be able to learn from Gasa’s worldly insights and observations.

Watch her in action when Project Runway South Africa airs in July 2018 on Mzansi Magic, channel 161 on DStv.



Rahim Rawjee, the creative mastermind behind Row-G, Africa’s world-renowned, made-to-measure luxury menswear brand, joins the Project Runway South Africa team as one of two highly accomplished and engaging resident judges. His international brand is the embodiment of Rawjee’s uncompromising dedication to quality and style.

Rawjee graduated from the International Academy of Merchandising and Design in Toronto, Canada, before returning to SA and today, his master classes, where he shares his knowledge about the depth of detail that goes into every aspect of creating an impeccably crafted garment, are highly sought after.

“A designer has such an important role – you have the potential to communicate to large masses of people through your clothes,” says Rawjee. “Your messaging can influence the way people look at things, the way people feel, the way they react – it’s much deeper than just a dress or a shirt and what the next colour for the season is. You almost have to have a knowledge far deeper than your conventional five senses can reveal to you. And you really have to have your finger on the pulse about everything – music, art, film, architecture, and pop-culture – absolutely everything.”

Watch him in action when Project Runway South Africa airs in July 2018 on Mzansi Magic, channel 161 on DStv.

Meet The Judges - Project Runway South Africa 2018