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CDI workshops helping creative businesses to grow

Wednesday, 28 August 2019  
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The CDI offers a very affordable range of short workshops for every business need. Thanks to our funders, our workshops are heavily subsidised and from only R150 you can get the business boost you need. View our full calendar of upcoming workshops for the next few months by clicking on the link.

Our workshops have been designed to meet the needs of creative enterprises; and we also share useful business tools, templates and fact sheets  that have been developed specifically for the creative sector to assist producers with running efficient and profitable businesses.

Most of these workshops are run at our Cape Town office, but we also host workshops in other parts of South Africa in the course of each year. To expand its reach and make learning more accessible to members around the country, the CDI has also developed an on-line learning platform that will go live in the next few months.

Register as a member of the CDI today – there is no membership fee and it takes just a few minutes. Once you have registered with the us you will receive updates on upcoming workshops.

Here’s what some of our members have to say:

Mila Moreano of Yes We Can, a social enterprise that teaches sewing and business skills to previously unemployed people from townships in Cape Town who are making and selling inspired African products:

We have been running Yes We Can for almost three years now. During these three years, we have trained more than 500 women in sewing and business and this is just our beginning! We have so many challenges, but nothing defeats us because we are women with a purpose. One of our challenges is to scale up our organisation to reach more communities in Cape Town and hopefully in other provinces. Our main challenge is still to purchase sewing machines because they are expensive. 


We admire so much what the CDI does. The workshops are very informative, and they cover all aspects of the craft business. Every time we can, we attend them and always learn a lot. The facilitators have so much experience and share it beautifully. Since from our humble beginnings, we are members of the CDI and it has been crucial to our organisation. We have done our marketing material with the CDI, and from time to time receive referrals from CDI, besides attending the workshops.  

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Pinkie Luswazi of
 Luspin Designs produces well-designed stylish and timeless fashion items while making a positive impact on society by empowering the unemployed:


I started with the CDI last year, when I did the Business Vision workshop which really enabled me to refocus myself and on growing the business. I then also attended the CDI’s financial workshops – businesses most of the time have book-keepers or accountants, but for small businesses this can be costly. Understanding the financials and tax through CDI workshops has allowed me to cut costs. I can do a lot more myself, and I gained an understanding of the things to do and not to do.


The HR workshop run by the CDI as part of their work placement programme (Luspin has taken on one trainee as part of the programme) was eye-opening, and it was invaluable to network with other business owners. I met a business owner who focusses on weaving and this sparked a connection which will bring weaving into our next Luspin range. Before I was doing everything myself, such as patterns, cutting and stitching. I’ve learnt how to delegate and the importance of this for the business.

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Cheron Dreyer runs Alpha Climax, a street sophisticated brand for individuals who aspire to be the best and look good while doing it.


Cheron represents an exciting generation of emerging youth talent in South Africa and has taken some important steps with some help from the CDI this year. Watch the short video for more:



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