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Africa in 2014: African design, innovation on the global stage

By The Africa Report
Posted on Thursday, 19 December 2013 14:53

The slogan behind Cape Town’s bid was to “make the city a better place to live” by finding design solutions to a metropolis characterised by socioeconomic divides.

While complete social regeneration is a tall order, the organisers and city authorities, led by mayor Patricia de Lille, have put together a nine-month programme of activity.

It starts with a New Year’s Eve of Design bash, followed by solar sculpturing, the annual South African Innovation Summit in September and food festivals.

Another big event on the calendar will be the annual Design Indaba Expo in late February, which has featured South Africa’s own Indigi Designs and architect David Adjaye.

It has helped to propel South Africa to design hub status. ●

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