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Peek grows as businesses from all nine provinces sign up

Wednesday, 02 August 2017   (0 Comments)
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Sun necklace by Mzamose arts and crafts based in Mpumalanga

Since its launch in February this year the CDI’s online digital platform has been growing significantly as many more craft and design businesses across the country upload their products. Peek is dedicated to showcasing beautiful craft and design products made in South Africa and has been made possible thanks to funding by the national Department of Small Business Development.

In the past three months the number of businesses listed has almost doubled from 145 to 280 with all nine provinces represented. The number of products has also increased from 779 to almost 2000.

This growth is due in part to the fact that we have been showcasing Peek at events and workshops in the different provinces where we have encouraged and assisted designers to upload their products.

In May we successfully showcased Peek at Design Joburg featuring Rooms on View where it received a lot of interaction with both local producers and buyers. The next event where we will showcase the platform will be at the South African Craft Collective at Decorex Joburg which will take place from 9 to 13 August. The CDI is also facilitating the participation of 10 Western Cape-based creative enterprises at this national Pavilion.

In addition, our Peek Coordinator, Craig Carbutt, has been travelling around the country to introduce the platform to producers participating in the CDI Basic Intensive five-day workshops which are facilitated by Business Development facilitator Karabo Makgoane. So far these workshops have taken place in Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal and Free State and reaching producers in areas such as Galeshewe in Kimberley and Phuthaditjhaba which is in Qua Qua (Free State).

Craig says: “I am finding the products in the provinces very interesting as there are many traditional African products – Ndebele beading, Basotho traditional headdresses, Khoi carvings and some beautiful interpretations of traditional products. So in a way it feels like I am documenting a slice in time of our local craft and design being produced nationally.”

Peek is a non-transactional search and connect site that is free to use and will open up access to new local and global markets for the many small craft and design businesses in South Africa. It is very simple to upload photographs onto the platform and this can be done online from anywhere.

We invite creative businesses to sign up for the Peek site by registering as a business member on the national database at – it’s free and once registered, businesses can directly access Peek to upload products. Potential buyers are also invited to visit the platform and have a look at the wide variety of products available.

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