Destinations General

Almost everybody who visits Cape Town, South Africa, comes away enchanted with this unique city. After all, it is comfortably nestled on the southeast corner of the African continent, facing the South Atlantic Ocean, with wonderful sea breezes wafting through the air. Befitting a city that has its own individual character, Cape Town is an extremely relaxed city, while still being recognised as an international place to do business. Tourists particularly enjoy visiting Cape Town, due to its spectacular views, especially if one makes the effort to get to the top of Table Mountain, which, like a doting grandfather, looks vigilantly over the city. But now, Cape Town has one more thing to brag about. For 2014, it has been designated as the World Design Capital. It is a testament to not only the natural beauty of the city, but also its emerging importance as an international powerhouse.


An Honour Bestowed on Few

This is no trifling award. Cape Town was officially designated as the World Design Capital® 2014 (WDC 2014) by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, known as ICSID for short. A great many cities around the world competed for this honour, but in the end, Cape Town won, getting the better of other fierce competitors, such as Bilbao in Portugal and Dublin in Ireland. The award was officially recognised in the summer of 2012, when the official Host City Agreement was signed by Cape Town’s own mayor, Patricia de Lille. Once that was accomplished, the submission process for designs officially began. The whole affair has been coordinated by the Cape Town Design NPC, an organisation which was especially created to handle this task. In the end, during a 10 month submission period, over 572 different projects were submitted. Out of these, many were shortlisted and in the end, 450 projects were officially recognised.

Organising the Whole Affair 

To make it easier for residents and visitors alike to recognise the various officially recognised projects, six different themes, or clusters were created. One focuses on design that could be seen through such lifestyle items as sports, fashion, recreation and culture in general. Another recognises businesses that encourage sound business practices, but also growth through finance, social entrepreneurship and innovation. A third focuses on environment, through sound energy management systems, the natural environment in general and one of its most precious resources, water. The fourth is centred on communication, which involves such things as transportation and social dialogues. The fifth focuses on education, which naturally includes schools, the ability to have people improve their skills and exhibitions. The sixth, and last one, involves the overall community in general and individual wards in particular. The focus here is on improving health, and also housing and development in its broader perspective.

Enjoying All That Cape Town Has To Offer

2014 should be an exciting time to visit Cape Town, as it puts all of its design excellence on display all over town. It just adds one more reason to visit this enchanting city. Finding cheap accommodation in Cape Town is also quite easy. Befitting this accommodating city, accommodation is extremely comfortable, with service that is top-notch.

Image courtesy of: James Barker