Cav' Creative Economies

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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 resource 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. 


In 2023, the Cav’ Creative Economies project has a particular focus on supporting gender transformation within the Culture and Creative Industries (CCI), as part of the overall strategy of the Global Project CCI being implemented in six countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions. Thus, the four training programmes being implemented in South Africa under the Cav’ Townships and Cav’ Platform projects are only targeted at women participants. more

2020 - 2022



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.