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Cape Craft and Design Institute

  • Street: 75 Harrington Street
  • City: Cape Town
  • Servicing Area: Western Cape
  • Email Address: rosemary.reddy@ccdi.org.za
  • Additional Services: Corporate gifts and promotional items
  • Listed: June 9, 2011 5:52 pm
Cape Craft and Design Institute

Description

Description

CCDI was set up in 2001 to promote and grow craft as an economic sector in the Western Cape. A Section 21 not-for-profit company, CCDI has also been adopted by the dti as a model Craft Hub, to serve as a template for the establishment of other similar craft institutes in the other provinces of South Africa.

What we do best

The CCDI has three core programmes which provide support to creative entrepreneurs in the areas of product, business, and market. In addition we have another three programmes that support the development of the sector, including rural outreach, communications, and resource development.

Activities

About 40 000 people work in the craft sector in South Africa and contribute R2 billion a year to the economy. Crafters range from the lone roadside wire artist to the hundreds of women making beadwork for a non-profit project or the potter who runs a well-equipped studio producing high-value items. For thousands of less-priveledged people in the Western Cape, craft is an entry point into the mainstream economy. Yet these crafters often do not know how to market their goods, raise bank loans or improve their skills and products. With this in mind, the provincial government commissioned a research study of the craft sector in 2000. The result was a recommendation to set up an institute to develop Cape Craft.

Accomplishments

A Section 21 not-for-profit company, CCDI has also been adopted by the dti as a model Craft Hub, to serve as a template for the establishment of other similar craft institutes in the other provinces of South Africa.

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