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Cav' Creative Economies

Cav’ - a South African vernacular expression used to say “check it out” or “understand”

About Us

As Cav’ Creative Economies Platform, we aim to be a catalyst for furthering, enabling and improving income-generating opportunities for creative entrepreneurs through access to: skills-training, mentorship, relevant information, networks, networking opportunities, market/showcasing opportunities.
Cav’ Creative Economies is a Goethe-Institut initiative that comprises the two projects Cav’ Platform and Cav’ Township. The programme aims to contribute to the creative and cultural industries in South Africa, through enabling creative organisations and small businesses towards income generation.

Cav' Townships

Cav' Townships develops and implements enabling strategies for young creative people in townships. It promotes and supports local cultural and creative hubs, in order to address unemployment and income generation.


The Cav’ Platform contributes to existing efforts in the creative and cultural industry (CCI). Through Forums based on research and a virtual platform, Cav Platform provides a space for dialogue, networking, information and resources sharing. 

The project “Cultural and Creative Industries” is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. It improves employment and income opportunities for creative professionals in six partner countries; Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa and operates mainly in the music, fashion, design and animation sectors. In addition to promoting the development of entrepreneurial, digital, creative and technical skills through training programmes, the project aims to strengthen the framework conditions and the ecosystem of the cultural and creative industries. 

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Cultural Entrepreneurship Platform Photo: Tim Moolman

Cav' Entrepreneurship Platform

The Project ‘Cav' Entrepreneurship Platform (CEP)’ aims to coordinate the CCI through networking and creating possibilities for the visibility of the Industry.

Cultural Economies in Townships Photo: Tim Moolman

Cav' Townships

The Cav' Townships project aims to address youth unemployment and income generation in the creative industry through entrepreneurship. 

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VUCA@Goethe Resilience Programme

The VUCA@Goethe programme is geared towards helping early-stage but seasoned creative, social, and cultural entrepreneurs to build resilient operations during this changing and volatile business environment.