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Craft and Design Institute


The CDI is a not-for-profit craft and design sector development agency with a mission to develop and equip people with the right tools to build responsible creative enterprises trading within local and international markets. 

The CDI is a catalytic agent of change with over 20 years of success in the sector and is passionate about developing appropriately skilled, resourced and digitally proficient practitioners who can successfully leverage opportunities for growth and development. 

The CDI currently supports over 5 500 businesses and individuals in the South African craft and design sector. The small businesses supported by the CDI range from start-ups to exporting enterprises and are based all over South Africa – from rural towns to urban centres. CDI’s services help these businesses develop the right product/service for the right market using appropriate business and production systems; and facilitate national and international market opportunities to help them grow.

Current Funding Opportunities 

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APPLICATIONS OPEN: Cape Skills and Employment Accelerator

Clothing and Textile SMMEs in the Western Cape needing skilled staff – apply now!

The CDI has opened a new round of applications for its Cape Skills and Employment Accelerator project, and is calling on small businesses in clothing, textile, soft furnishing, leather and footwear to apply.

SMME benefits:

  • By recruiting their own learner/s and creating a job profile to suit their needs

  • By hosting an employee who will be gaining an NQF Certification within 12 months

  • By being supported with developing human resource management capacity

  • By participating with little cost to business

SMMEs will be able to recruit their own learners. Learners need to be recruited from the City but can work anywhere in the province and must be currently unemployed, with a minimum Grade 10 qualification.

The project is run in partnership with the City of Cape Town and the National Skills Fund.

Applications close 30 November 2021.

Contact: Moshibudi Piet at moshibudi.piet@thecdi.org.za

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New initiative will celebrate all things Cape Town to bolster economic recovery

To support local businesses across the board, from one-person SMMEs to corporates, a number of key public, private and NPO stakeholders are joining forces to initiate a “Made in Cape Town” movement that will surface and celebrate products and services of a Cape Town origin.


The “Made in Cape Town” movement is managed by the Craft and Design Institute (CDI) in partnership with the City of Cape Town’s Enterprise and Investment Department. It aims to demonstrate the strength of what can be achieved when public and private entities come together to support the reopening of the economy.

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