Cape Town was the World Design Capital for 2014, and as part of that, the Dutch government contributed R4.5million towards the Department of Design – a three week event which featured activities with a focus on incorporating best Dutch design practices to address sustainability challenges in South Africa.
A legacy from that event is #cocreateSA – a platform which allows South African and Dutch counterparts to exchange innovations for a sustainable future. By using the available channels, it showcases, inspires, stimulates and facilitates (economic, politic and social) collaboration between South Africa and the Netherlands, based on the belief that if we work together, we can make a difference and co-create solutions for local issues.
In December, nine projects addressing sustainability issues including water management, healthcare, solar energy and transport were been awarded over half a million Rand as part of the #cocreateSA Fund.
Later this year, funding will once again be made available, and there will be an opportunity for projects to be submitted for consideration.
Listen to Kieno Kammies' interview with Bonnie Horbach - utch Consul General to Cape Town