FAQs

What are the competition dates?

Competition entries open 30 March 2018 and close at midnight on 30 April 2018.

How do I enter?

You can enter by completing the online entry form and uploading your photo here. You can only enter once per child.

How do the competition rounds work?

The competition consists of 4 knock-out rounds. All successful entrants will complete the first fashion challenge and the public will vote for their favourite aspiring young fashion designers. The entrants who make it to round 2 will receive the second fashion challenge and the public will vote for their favourites. The same will be done for round 3. The entrants who progress to the forth and final round will become the Style Squad 2018 finalists. A panel of Ackermans judges will then select the winning girl and boy from the finalists.

Details about the finalists & winners

How will the finalists & winners be chosen?
At the end of each of the first 3 rounds, the public will vote for their favourite young fashion designers. The designers with the most votes will progress to round 4 and become our Style Squad 2018 finalists. A panel of Ackermans judges will then select the winning girl and boy from the finalists, based on the criteria as listed in the competition Ts & Cs.


When will the finalists & winners be announced?
The finalists will be announced on 6 August 2018 and the winners on 12 October 2018.


Where will the finalists & winners be featured?
The finalists will be featured on our website (www.ackermans.co.za) and in the Ackermans magazine. The winners will be featured on the following platforms:

Who all is eligible to enter?

To be eligible to enter, your child must live in South Africa and not be younger than 9 years nor older than 15 years by the starting date of the competition entry period (30 March 2018). To enter your child into the competition you need to be the parent or legal guardian of the entrant. The entrant may also enter him/ herself with the permission of his/ her parent or legal guardian. Note: details of the parent or legal guardian are required to successfully complete the entry form.

Do you have any photo recommendations?

Click here to see all our photo tips. The photo may not be older than 1 month, must be a true reflection of the entrant and may not display nudity or inappropriate behavior not in keeping with the Ackermans company values. Once you click ‘final submission’ your photo is final and can’t be changed. You will be able to view your full entry and have the opportunity to change your photo or details before you submit.

How do I search for my child’s photo in the entries gallery online?

Step 1: Go to the Style Squad 2018 entrants’ gallery on the Ackermans website.
Step 2: Enter your child’s first name in the “search” bar at the top right-hand side of the gallery.

What are the voting details?

The public can vote for their favourite young fashion designer at the end of each of the first 3 rounds. Voting can be done via USSD only by dialing *130*602# and following the prompts to enter your favourite young designer’s unique code. The public can vote for their favourite young designer, free of charge, on the following dates:
- Round 1: 24 May – 30 May 2018
- Round 2: 25 June – 2 July 2018
- Round 3: 27 July – 3 August 2018
You can only vote once per entrant per round.


The number of votes received for each young designer will not be disclosed as we do not want to create unnecessary upset amongst our entrants who may feel despondent or intimidated by the numbers of votes received by other entrants. At Ackermans we pride ourselves in fairness, adhere to strict guidelines as set up by our Auditors and we do our best to protect our customers and create platforms to encourage kids to express their creativity and showcase their talent to all of us.

What are the prizes?

The winners (1 girl & 1 boy) will each receive:
- ­All-expenses paid trips to the Ackermans Head Office in Cape Town to design their clothing ranges, which will be sold in all Ackermans stores across Southern Africa
- Professional photoshoots in their complete ranges
- R10 000 cash
- An educational policy valued at R10 000
- R5 000 for each of their schools
- Amazing exposure in all Ackermans stores, the Ackermans magazine, our website (www.ackermans.co.za), Facebook (www.facebook.com/AckermansSA) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/ackermans_za)
- The title of the Style Squad 2018 winners

The finalists will each receive an Ackermans voucher, Style Squad Hamper and exposure on our on our website (www.ackermans.co.za) and in the Ackermans magazine.

What can I do and who can I contact if I’m struggling to enter my child?

This is an online competition and all entries need to be submitted online. If you experience any technical difficulties, please contact our friendly Customer Care Centre on 0860 900 100 or email us at info@ackermans.co.za. Queries on the Style Squad Young Fashion Designer competition will be answered on Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm. Please allow 48 hours for us to attend to your query

Complaints / nasty remarks about the finalists or winners:

As a brand we practice fairness and equality and take pride in what we do. The competition finalists will be selected by the public, based on the highest number of votes received. The 2 overall winners (1 girl & 1 boy) will be chosen by a diverse selection of Ackermans judges, overseen by our competition Auditors, based on the challenges completed that best address the criteria as set out in the Ts & Cs.

We must warn you that we may edit or remove anything that you publish to our Social Media communities regarding the finalists or winners that are offensive or not in line with our policy. Click here to see the policy.

How do I edit my entry?

Incorrect details to be changed:
Please email your entry form details and correction that needs to be made to info@ackermans.co.za. This excludes your child’s photo as this is final once submitted.

Queries on the Style Squad Young Fashion Designer competition will be answered on Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm. Please allow 48 hours for us to attend to your query.


How do I withdraw from the competition?
If you would like to withdraw your child from the competition, please contact our friendly Customer Care Centre on 0860 900 100 or email us at info@ackermans.co.za. You will be required to correctly answer questions regarding the entry, to confirm that you submitted it, before the entry will be removed.

Queries on the Style Squad Young Fashion Designer competition will be answered on Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm. Please allow 48 hours for us to attend to your query.

“The system does not support my phone”: I.e. I get a message saying so:

The online entry form supports the majority of devices but unfortunately not all. You will need to find an alternative way of entering, i.e. A friend /family member’s mobile phone, at an internet café or Library. We cannot enter on your behalf because of the verification process of the online registration form.