Cape Town's Best Local Designers
South Africa, in general, is proud of its local artists and craftsmen. As World Design Capital 2014, Cape Town was recognized for its accomplishments in this field and hosted several events around the theme of design and sustainability. Design Indaba, an annual conference held at the end of February, celebrates South African artisans. Visit the Woodstock neighborhood, where several lofts and industrial buildings have been converted into artist studios and gallery space.

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Up-cycling in Cape Town

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One of the many reasons I love South Africa is because of something called Ubuntu. It's hard to define, so I like to think of it as a simple word for conveying how when we support one another as a part of a community, we can all accomplish great things.

Ubuntu Bicycles is launching this week, combining the founder's passion for bicycling and interest in giving back to the community of Cape Town. This social enterprise is transforming used and abused bicycles into something great by employing local artists and grassroots organizations to do custom paint jobs, leather seats, accessories, etc. and sells them online and locally in Cape Town. Part of the proceeds from their bicycle sales go back into the Ubuntu Trust, which is partnering with other local community organizations to offer funding and support for their causes.

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by Marie Frei
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