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Wednesday, 01 July 2020
Relief funding available for businesses on CDI Growth Fund »
  The Craft and Design Institute (CDI) has secured R9.5m of COVID-19 relief funding...
Sunday, 28 June 2020
CDI members mask up to help protect lives and livelihoods »
Image above: masks made by CDI member WeAllShareRoots   South African craft and d...
Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Vula Mobile on the digital frontline in fight against COVID-19 »
  Cape Town based technology start-up Vula Mobile has been on the digital frontline in the f...
Friday, 05 June 2020
CDI partners with National Arts Festival on Virtual Village Green »
  The buzzing fair at the heart of the annual National Arts Festival (NAF), the Villa...
Friday, 05 June 2020
SA Cultural Observatory: report on COVID-19 impact on cultural and creative industries »
  In late March, soon after President Ramaphosa announced several measures to limit the spread of...
Friday, 29 May 2020
CDI Masterclass Series helps business owners create a roadmap to recovery »
  With the COVID-19 crisis having created an unprecedented moment in our lifetime – and a massive...
Thursday, 28 May 2020
Macassar Pottery – an enterprise built on human dignity, dignifying relationships, and incubation »
  Earlier this year we caught up with Johan de Meyer, the founder and current director of Macassar P...
Thursday, 28 May 2020
CDI joins hands with Western Cape stakeholders for PPE drives »
Above image: Masks from CDI member YesWeCan   The CDI is part of two key COVID-19...
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Interpretation of regulations pertaining to sole proprietors, creative individuals, craft persons »
    Interpretation of regulations pertaining to sole proprietors, creative...
Thursday, 30 April 2020
Pivoting in a tough and shifting COVID-19 market »
Image above: Masks developed by CDI member Wren (left); the 'sneeze screen' developed by CDI member Minima...
Thursday, 30 April 2020
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Update on government support for SMEs »
Small business owners can call  0860 663 7867  or email  to find out what kin...
Wednesday, 29 April 2020
CapeNature partners with CDI for exciting new developments at world-class Kogelberg nature reserve »
Image above: Mood board for the Kogelberg Palmiette unit   CapeNature has announced...
Tuesday, 14 April 2020
Monday, 13 April 2020
Request for information from Small Businesses and Cooperatives: Fabric/ Cloth Face Masks »
Call from:  Department of Small Business Development (DSBD)  A CALL OUT TO EXISTING...
Saturday, 04 April 2020
South Africans encouraged to show their love for local craft and design »
      The Craft and Design Institute (CDI) is calling on S...
Wednesday, 01 April 2020
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Update on COVID-19 and the craft and design sector »
Important update: Message from Erica Elk   01 April 2020...
Monday, 30 March 2020
NEXT20 Trade Exhibition a success »
  Local craft and design businesses have hailed the CDI’s NEXT20 Trade Exhibition, citing networking...
Friday, 20 March 2020
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Official SA Coronavirus website is free to access »
  Access to the official South African Coronavirus website has just been made 100% free. No airtime...
Wednesday, 18 March 2020
New grant funding round for cutting-edge local technologies »
    Applications are now open for the Design Innovation Seed Fund (DI...
Wednesday, 05 February 2020
Young Cape Town designer wins international design award grand prize »
Cape Town based designer Emma Strydom (31) has won the Grand Prize for the 2019 Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents co...
Friday, 31 January 2020
#cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL explores the role of 4IR in SA’s creative industries »
  This year’s  #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL  will gather at the vibrant Guga S’thebe Cultu...
Tuesday, 17 December 2019
45 leading South African designers set to go global at Cape Town exhibition »
  Local and international buyers will be treated to the new ranges of 45 of South Africa’s top de...
Tuesday, 17 December 2019
Yvonne Manyiki finds sparkling success with her designs »
  Yvonne Manyiki founded her business Dimzique Jewellery in 2013, when she explored her passion for j...
Tuesday, 17 December 2019
Tuesday, 17 December 2019
Friday, 13 December 2019
CDI concludes second phase of skills training for Robben Island Museum’s craft project »
After a successful first phase of training last year, the CDI this November concluded the second phase of training for a g...
Friday, 29 November 2019
R2.7m in grants on third round of DISF »
The CDI’s Design Innovation Seed Fund (DISF) is currently in its third round of funding and is supporting five local innov...
Thursday, 28 November 2019
Bishop Tarambawamwe – a mastery of wire and bead craft »
  We caught up with Bishop Tarambawamwe, a longstanding CDI member who runs Master Wire and Beadcraf...
Thursday, 28 November 2019
Growth Fund nears target as new SMEs are signed up »
Namekhotha Trading (Pty) Ltd in Kuruman has created 30 jobs to date   The CDI Gro...
Thursday, 28 November 2019
CDI runs successful first Design Business Masterclass series »
Sally-Anne Kasner presented a workshop on design for a circular economy as part of the CDI's Design Business Masterclass s...
Thursday, 28 November 2019
Custom conference products yield over R43 000 in sales and orders »
  The CDI recently assisted seven businesses with the development of customised products for an inte...
Friday, 01 November 2019
New CDI video: Sikho Mququ's stunning ceramics inspired by traditional Xhosa blankets »
This month we visited Sikho Mququ at his Paarden Eiland-based studio to catch up with this young ceramicist who is making...
Thursday, 31 October 2019
Lucky Friday stimulating the South African clothing and apparel industry »
  CDI member Poly Nation has announced an exciting new initiative...
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
CDI and the V&A win prestigious Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Award »
  From left: Erica Elk, CDI Executive Director; Charmaine Subraman...

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