Cape Town’s bid story

The City of Cape Town's successful bid for World Design Capital 2014 was coordinated by the Cape Town Partnership, in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders and supporters.

Mayor announces board of World Design Capital 2014 implementation company

Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 board members and Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille

Friday 9 November 2012 saw the official announcement of the voluntary board that will govern the implementation of Cape Town's World Design Capital 2014 programme.

The thirteen board members were chosen out of 103 nominees, through a rigorous selection process coordinated by the Cape Town Partnership and headed by an independent selection panel.

Rebuilding and reconnecting city in structure and spirit

A not-for-profit organisation, reporting to the independent board, will be responsible for ensuring that the requirements of the World Design Capital 2014 host city agreement are met, and that programme delivery is aligned with the bid vision of rebuilding social cohesion, reconnecting the city in structure and in spirit, and repositioning Cape Town for the global knowledge economy.

Cape Town's Executive Mayor Alderman Patricia de Lille expressed her confidence in the board, noting that the best people available have been chosen to help manage the planning, coordination and rollout of the World Design Capital 2014 programme.

“The board has enormous experience and expertise in the design and creative industries, as well as in good corporate governance, which will stand the World Design Capital implementation company in good stead and help ensure that Cape Town's hosting of the World Design Capital 2014 is an outstanding success,” says De Lille.

The board comprises four suitably qualified government representatives – of the City of Cape Town, Stellenbosch Municipality, the Western Cape Government and National Government – and eight other members chosen not as representatives of particular organisations, but rather for their leadership capabilities and relevant skills and experience.

Prof Russel Botman and Chris Whelan to chair board

Professor Russel Botman and Chris Whelan were identified by the selection committee as the chair and vice chair respectively, and were ratified at the first board meeting held on 10 November 2012.

Professor Botman is the rector and vice chancellor of the University of Stellenbosch. He has previously served as the president of the South African Council of Churches and as Chairperson of the Klein-Karoo Arts Festival (KKNK), amongst other leading roles in academia and civil society.

Christopher Whelan is the CEO of Accelerate Cape Town. He holds a master's degree in future studies and has extensive blue-chip private sector experience in the fields of strategy development and business performance improvement.

The remaining members of the board bring a diverse and broad range of expertise. Drawn from the private sector, academia, the design industry and civil society, they will collectively help to ensure that Cape Town entrenches itself as one of the leading design and creative centres in Africa and beyond.

“I would like to thank them all for making themselves available for this very important work and assure them of the City of Cape Town's commitment to working with them to deliver the necessary results,” said De Lille.

End of the Cape Town Partnership's formal role

The appointment of the board marks the end of the Cape Town Partnership's formal mandate to assist with the establishment of the independent World Design Capital 2014 implementation company. The Cape Town Partnership will now play a supporting role to the 2014 project via its many related programmes.

Pictured in the image: Government representatives

  • Masana Mayimele Chikeka – Deputy Director of the Department of Arts and Culture
  • Martin Smuts – Executive Deputy Mayor of Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Dr Laurine Platzky – Deputy Director General in the Department of the Premier in the Western Cape Government
  • Anton Groenewald (absent) – Executive Director for Tourism, Events and Marketing in the City of Cape Town

Selected board members

  • Gillian Benjamin – Owner of Make Content
  • Erica Elk – CEO of the Cape Craft and Design Institute
  • Porky Hefer – Designer and Owner of Animal Farm Creative Consultants
  • Noeleen Frances Murray – Architect and Academic at the Centre for Humanities Researchat the University of the Western Cape
  • Dr Chris Nhlapo – Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships at Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Professor Francis Petersen – Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town
  • Talia Sanhewe – Managing Director of Talia Productions
  • Bruce Snaddon – Chairman of the Cape Town Design Network and Senior Lecturer in the Graphic Design Department at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Christopher Whelan – CEO of Accelerate Cape Town

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