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Cape Town has won the right to host the World Design Capital 2014, beating hopefuls Bilbao in Spain and Dublin in Ireland.
The announcement was made on Wednesday morning at the International Design Alliance (IDA) Congress in Taipei.
The World Design Capital website issued a press release saying that Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille accepted the award on behalf of Cape Town, South Africa and the African continent.
She said 2014 will be the celebration of 20 years of democracy in the country.
“2014, then, is the moment when the past and the future will come together for Cape Town, in contemplation and in action,” said De Lille.
“It is a reflection of how the city has socially and physically reinvented itself.”
The website said the World Design Capital designation is unique “as it aims to focus on the broader essence of design’s impact on urban spaces, economies and citizens”.
“The designation provides a distinctive opportunity for cities to feature their accomplishments in attracting and promoting innovative design, as well as highlight their successes in urban revitalisation strategies.”
The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) president and member of the selection committee Dr Mark Breitenberg said: “It is encouraging to see how Cape Town plans to use design as a tool to solve urban challenges. I am confident that this new member of the WDC family will demonstrate to the world how design is expanding in application and influence.”
Past cities to hold the title include Torino in Italy in 2008 and Seoul in 2010. - IOL
Jacques Lange, wrote
I had the privilege to be present in Taipei when the IDA announcement was made. The substantial delegation of South Africans (most not from Cape Town) joined into supporting the spirit of positive anticipation. The moment that the announcement was made, locals jumped up with flags and spontaneously started singing Shosholoza and some ululation to the great surprise and delight of a huge audience who immediately realised that this was a special moment, not just for Cape Town but for all South Africans and Africans but for the whole design world. I heard several comment from the international delegates sitting around me that this is obviously a place they wanted to visit 'because these people have a special spirit'.
Wonderful news gr8t for Tourism & Visitors, well done to the team that worked so hard to make this dream a reality.
Faheema Kabley, wrote
This is awesome!!!!! well done Cape Town
Way to go, Cape Town!! We deserve it!!!
Ulrich Dannecker, wrote
A further feather in Cape Town's cap! However, this only serves to highlight the serious failings of Cape Town Tourism and those responsible for marketing Cape Town abroad. As a Capetonian, engaged in promoting Tourism to Cape Town, and currently working in the U.K., I regularly search the media for adverts about Cape Town. Very little can be found. Why, that is the question I put to Mariette du Toit-Hembold. Did I get an answer? Sadly, the answer is no. I am hoping to work for Cape Town Tourism, but seeing I cannot even elicit a response to my letters this is highly unlikely. Can anyone suggest a solution? Leave your message here under 'Readers Comments'. Thank you.
Barry O'Donoghue, wrote
This is awesome news for Cape Town and for South Africa in general. Now we wait for Table Mountain to be named as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World! :)
Proudly Cape Town, wrote
Well said Proud Citizen, if only it could be so.
Well done and looking forward to 2014.
Fantastic !!! Well done Cape Town.
aNON el politico, wrote
@proud citizen....the talent and know how is spread all over SA......just in the rest of SA it depends on whose snout is in the trough!
Another achievement for Cape Town. Well done!
Proud Citizen, wrote
Could you imagine how fantastic South Africa would be if the whole country was run by the people who turned Cape Town into the WORLD DESIGN CAPITAL of the world. The ex-mayor was also recognized at the BEST MAYOR in the world. We have the talent and the know how, now all we need are people who want to go along for the ride and contribute to total intergration of all races so that we can all benefit from a fantastic country without corruption and theft.
This is awesome
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