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.

Independent company to implement Cape Town's World Design Capital 2014 programme

Another milestone in Cape Town’s World Design Capital 2014 journey will be reached when Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille and International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) President Soon-in Lee sign the Host City Agreement in Cape Town on Friday 29 June 2012.

As with previous designated cities, Cape Town’s World Design Capital 2014 programme will be managed, developed and implemented by an independent, not-for-profit company, currently in the process of name registration. An interim advisory board, with representatives of local and provincial government, the design sector, the education sector, business and civil society – including key members of the original World Design Capital 2014 bid committee – has been set up to guide and oversee the establishment of the World Design Capital 2014 implementation company.

The Cape Town Partnership, coordinators of Cape Town’s successful bid, has been mandated 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. Through this arrangement, continuity and alignment with the bid vision will be ensured, and the World Design Capital 2014 project will be able to swiftly gather momentum.

Says Cape Town Partnership MD Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana: “Cape Town’s bid was defined by a spirit of collaboration and inclusivity. The effective delivery of the World Design Capital 2014 programme will also require a collaborative approach. The Cape Town Partnership’s extensive experience in incubating collaborative organisations, like the Economic Development Partnership, will be applied to support the setup of the World Design Capital 2014 implementation company.” The City of Cape Town will be providing seed funding for the World Design Capital 2014 implementation company, with the balance of the budget to be raised from other partners in the public and private sector. A sponsorship offering will be developed in due course for this purpose.

The World Design Capital 2014 implementation company will report to an independent voluntary board consisting of experienced directors, nominated by individuals or organisations. The board will be appointed by a cross-sector selection committee made up of the chair of the current interim advisory board Luyanda Mpahlwa, architect, founder and design principal of Design Space Africa; Design Indaba Operations Director Leshni Shah; Social Justice Coalition Coordinator Gavin Silber; CTICC CEO Rashid Toefy; Cape Town Deputy City Manager Mike Marsden; Stellenbosch Deputy Mayor Martin Smuts and Cape Town Partnership MD Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana.

Board nominations will open on Wednesday 27 June 2012, and a nomination form will be posted on the World Design Capital 2014 website www.capetown2014.co.za.