The Mandela Poster Project and many more

Three cats, three leopards and a textile called shweshwe

You see it covering shoes, stitched into place mats or funky African shirts, even covering the odd teddy bear. Shweshwe fabric has been seen on the catwalks in Paris and still takes pride of place in traditional ceremonies in rural South Africa.

The Mandela Poster Project – two years down the line


Two years ago two South African designers joined forces to collect 95 posters to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela and his contribution to humanity. The project went viral and resulted in more than 700 posters being submitted from around the world in less than 60 days.

Embracing urban acupuncture to regenerate cities

Urban acupuncture is a socio-environmental theory that combines contemporary urban design with traditional Chinese acupuncture, using small-scale interventions to transform the larger urban context. That is the definition of this exciting concept, but how does it relate to the regeneration of South Africa’s inner cities?

South Africa becomes a forerunner in the green building stakes

Green building in South Africa is growing at an unprecedented rate and has now overtaken that of established sustainability building regions such as Europe, Australia, United States, United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Brazil.



Cape Town beckons: 8th SA Innovation Summit takes place in August


The 2015 SA Innovation Summit invites South African, African and global innovators to come together and showcase their exceptional talents, innovations and ideas, while at the same time enjoying a networking and learning experience.

3D printer up for grabs in local 3D printing competition

The Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA) once again presents a design competition for 3D printing this year.

SAB Foundation’s Tholoana Programme invites all entrepreneurs who need business support

The SAB Foundation’s Tholoana Programme invites entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses to apply to participate in the programme.

Early birds get discount for the Idea Design Conference

The Idea Design Conference 2015 takes place on 22and23 September at the CSIR Convention Centre, Pretoria with the theme How can inspiring design influence architecture?

TT100 Programme for 2015 now open for entry

The TT100 Business Awards Programme, with support from various partners such as Eskom and government was launched in 1991 by the South African Engineering Association (SAVI). 

DISI Pop-Up market at OPEN DESIGN Cape Town in August

OPEN DESIGN Cape Town is an annual city-wide event, highlighting the appreciation of design by all. It creates an educational, informative, inclusive, collaborative platform for people of Cape Town to openly share their design with each other.

Call for entries: Victoria’s Premier Design Awards

The state of Victoria in Australia considers design as a strategic business capability and an important enabler of innovation and creativity for the growth of Victorian businesses and communities.