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.

Deadline for World Design Capital 2014 board nominations extended

The closing date for the nomination of candidates for the board of the World Design Capital 2014 implementation company - the organisation mandated to oversee the planning, coordination and rollout of Cape Town's World Design Capital 2014 programme - has been extended to 31 July 2012.

The Cape Town Partnership, who coordinated Cape Town's successful World Design Capital 2014 bid, has been mandated by the City of Cape Town to support the setup of the company. Cape Town Partnership Managing Director Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana on Wednesday 18 July announced that nominations have been streaming in steadily since they opened three weeks ago on 27 June 2012. However, numerous requests have come in for an extension, given that the original nomination timeframe coincided with the mid-term school break.

To ensure an inclusive process, the World Design Capital 2014 Board Selection Committee has agreed to extend the closing date. The Selection Committee is made up of Luyanda Mpahlwa (committee chair), architect, founder and design principal at DesignSpaceAfrica; Design Indaba Operations Director Leshni Shah; Social Justice Coalition Coordinator Gavin Silber; Cape Town International Convention Centre CEO Rashid Toefy; City of Cape Town Deputy City Manager Mike Marsden; Cape Town Partnership MD Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana and Stellenbosch Deputy Mayor Martin Smuts.

“We need committed board members from diverse sectors”

Says Luyanda Mpahlwa, "Inclusivity is at the heart of Cape Town's World Design Capital 2014 vision. We need committed board members from diverse sectors to bring their skills, experience and perspectives to help us maximise the World Design Capital 2014 opportunity – an opportunity to transform our city and reposition it on a global stage, through design."

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 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.

Board 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.

Deadline Board nomination forms can be accessed via this link and must be submitted, together with a CV, by 18h00 on Tuesday 31 July 2012 to or via fax on 021 419 0894. The board will be announced by no later than 31 August 2012.

Photo of Icsid President Soon-in Lee and City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille at the signing of the World Design Capital 2014 Host City Agreement in Cape Town on 29 June 2012. Image by Bruce Sutherland