City of Cape Town

This city works for you, and helps to make Design Indaba possible.

The City of Cape Town is a proud supporter of the Design Indaba as the event contributes significantly to the city’s economy by providing a strategic platform to showcase Cape Town as a leading tourism, creative and events hub in South Africa. 

The Design Indaba Conference and Expo is a key calendar event for the City of Cape Town that is held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) between late February and early March each year. 

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Development and Tourism, Alderman Felicity Purchase, said: “The Design Indaba provides the city with a platform to showcase our creative industries to an international audience."

The City of Cape Town is proud to be associated with Design Indaba and we will continue to use successful partnerships like this to develop the economy of our city.

"I would like to congratulate Ravi Naidoo and his team at Interactive Africa for a job well done.” 

According to Mansoor Mohamed, the City’s Executive Director: Economic, Social Development and Tourism: “Design Indaba is a strategic event for the City of Cape Town, as it contributes to employment creation, foreign exchange earnings and new product creation for enterprises through increasing the ability to access both local and international markets. This is in addition to helping the City in implementing its strategies with regard to economic development by focusing on the creative sector and marketing the city as a knowledge and innovation hub”. 

The Design Indaba has over the years strengthened Cape Town’s reputation as a global events and innovation hub. The City’s support as a development partner to Design Indaba provides a much needed platform for Small, Medium and Micro enterprises (SMMEs) from across Cape Town to showcase their products. 

Mansoor Mohamed concluded by saying that support of Design Indaba directly and indirectly helps in positioning Cape Town as a globally competitive city, with a strong bias towards SMMEs. “It also strengthens sectors such as creative industries, cultural and heritage sectors, as well as the visitor economy. This is in addition to the media exposure that the event, and thereby the city, enjoys nationally and internationally.”