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World Design Capital 2014

It’s been an exciting month for Cape Town as it was crowned World Design Capital 2014 by the International Council for Societies of Industrial Design, and I experienced the jubilation on a number of fronts. First, as a member of the Bid Book team when the announcement came through on 27 November that we had beaten Bilbao and Dublin, and again later in the day when I arrived at the HL offices and saw the excitement of my colleagues in publishing as they proudly wore their 2014 badges. The biennial year-long award (2010 was Seoul and 2012 will be Helsinki) is made to cities that are dedicated to using design for social, cultural and economic development. With Cape Town’s theme of ‘Live Design. Transform Life’ at the heart of our bid – to be celebrated appropriately in the year we realise two decades of democracy – the award is no doubt a follow-on from our City’s success during the 2010 World Cup, but it also recognises our commitment towards growing all our creative industries of which publishing is a key component - into a powerful economic driver. Carola Koblitz Acting Chief Copy Editor – House and Leisure Picture credit: Cape Town Partnership / CCID