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.

Call for Board Nominations for World Design Capital 2014 Implementation Company

This week marks the official signing of the World Design Capital 2014 Host City Agreement in Cape Town on Friday 29 June 2012. In terms of the agreement, the City of Cape Town has mandated an independent World Design Capital 2014 implementation company to oversee the planning, coordination and rollout of Cape Town’s World Design Capital 2014 programme.

A not-for-profit organisation that is still in the process of name registration, the World Design Capital 2014 implementation company will be responsible for delivering on the requirements of the World Design Capital 2014 Host City Agreement and ensuring alignment with Cape Town’s World Design Capital 2014 vision of bridging historic divides and repositioning the city for a sustainable, inclusive future, through design.

The Cape Town Partnership, coordinator of Cape Town’s successful bid, has been tasked by the City of Cape Town to assist with the setting up of the World Design Capital 2014 implementation company and to provide essential strategic and project support.

WDC2014 company to report to board

The World Design Capital 2014 implementation company will report to an independent, voluntary (non-paying) Board consisting of experienced directors. Potential candidates for the Board can be nominated by organisations or individuals, and will be evaluated for their leadership capabilities, skills and experience, rather than as ‘representatives’ of particular organisations.

Nominees are required to demonstrate capabilities of collaborative leadership, including a commitment to working with diverse organisations and embracing different perspectives. Nominees will also need to demonstrate experience and understanding of areas of expertise including business management, corporate governance, local and provincial government contexts, the design and creative industries, information management, working in partnerships, higher education, finance and contracts, marketing and communications, the media, events and, finally, community engagement.

The World Design Capital 2014 implementation company Board will be appointed by a multi-sector Selection Committee made up of Luyanda Mpahlwa (Committee Chair), architect, founder and Design Principal at DesignSpaceAfrica; Leshni Shah, Operations Director of Design Indaba; Gavin Silber, Coordinator of the Social Justice Coalition; Rashid Toefy, CEO of the Cape Town International Convention Centre; Mike Marsden, Deputy City Manager, City of Cape Town; Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, MD of the Cape Town Partnership and Martin Smuts, Deputy Mayor of Stellenbosch Municipality.

Read a brief description of each committee member here

Says Board Selection Committee Chair, Luyanda Mpahlwa, “Part of why Cape Town won the World Design Capital 2014 bid is because we demonstrated collaboration between government, the design community, business leaders, academics and the broader public. Now we have been given an opportunity to put this into practice. It’s about bringing the benefits of the designation to communities, to practitioners and policymakers, and proving that design can in fact be used for social good, to achieve an inclusive city. It’s a big responsibility for any city. We need passionate, committed, partnership-minded Board members to help the World Design Capital 2014 implementation company – and Cape Town – to live up to this challenge.”

Nomination deadline

Board nomination forms can be accessed via the widget at the top right of this page (or just click here) and must be submitted, together with a CV, by 18h00 on Wednesday 18 July 2012 to coordinator@capetown2014.co.za or via fax on 021 419 0894.

The Board will be announced by no later than 31 August 2012.

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