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OUR MISSION

The CDI is a craft and design sector development agency with a mission to develop capable people and build responsible creative enterprises trading within local and international markets.

OUR SUPPORT SERVICES

Over the years we have developed a range of activities to help improve creative businesses. We work with craft producers, designers and a wide range of other creative entrepreneurs. Whether you need a short course on how to cost your product or service, time in our Product Support space developing your latest idea, or support to access markets, we have a range of services to help you grow.

Our three core programmes are:

  • Product Support
    Provides an environment in which designers and craft producers can further develop their existing products or prototype new products.
  • Business Support
    Helps craft producers and designers to develop skills in creativity, business and production management, and marketing.
  • Market Support
    Assists designers and craft producers to define and reach their targeted markets. 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The CDI is a not-for-profit company and the activities and support we offer are free or highly subsidised to ensure everyone can have access. 

ACCESSING OUR SUPPORT SERVICES

To access our services you must register as a member of the CDI. Registration is free.

START WHERE YOU ARE

There is no set starting point in your journey with the CDI – we assist you to determine your current needs and select the kind of support to best meet them. The support we offer is shaped around your unique needs, and hinges on individual consultations and your commitment to seeing processes through.

OUR HISTORY


The CDI is a non-profit company with over 19 years of success in developing creative people, small businesses and the craft and design sector at large in South Africa. The CDI is a catalytic agent of change in the sector, and passionate about developing appropriately skilled, resourced and digitally proficient practitioners who can successfully leverage opportunities for growth and development.

The CDI currently supports over 5 600 businesses and individuals in the South African craft and design sector. The small businesses supported by the CDI range from start-ups to exporting enterprises and are based all over South Africa – from rural towns to urban centres. CDI’s services help these businesses develop the right product/service for the right market using appropriate business and production systems; and facilitates national and international market opportunities to help them grow.


  
THE CDI BOARD

DIRECTORS: Shado Twala (Chairperson) | Erica Elk (Group Chief Executive Officer) | Faith Kolala | Henry Mathys | Howard Gabriels (Vice-Chairperson) | Rashid Lombard | Paul Slack (Company Secretary)

 

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