The Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) in South Africa are fragmented and visibility as an industry is weak. There is a fundamental lack of professional advice for entrepreneurs in the creative industry, but also a lack of understanding and knowledge of the specific needs of creative entrepreneurs and on how the creative industry could be strengthened.
The Project ‘Cav’ Platform’ aims to contribute to existing efforts by government and civil society organisations to coordinate the CCI through networking and creating possibilities for the visibility of the industry, as well as for the CCI ecosystem to recognise each other and the work the various parts are doing to further develop the industry.
The objectives of the Cav’ Platform are to provide a space for dialogue, networking and resource sharing. This is achieved through conferences and other dialogue formats, a virtual platform and business development support - in the hope that where discord and gaps are recognized, the industry will be able to strategise in efforts to better address the needs on the CCI.
One format of the Cav’ Platform can be found on Facebook, another one is its official website.
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.