03 August 2001
Johannessburg (South Africa) - Design South Africa will be staging the first-ever South African Design Week from 10 - 17 September 2001.
For Immediate Release
Johannessburg (South Africa)

To celebrate the important contribution made to society and national development by a diversity of industries involved with professional design, Design South Africa, in collaboration with the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology and seven other government departments, will be staging the first-ever South African Design Week from 10 - 17 September 2001. 
Sappi World Design Convergence, the biggest international convergence of design to be hosted in Africa, will be an important component of the South African Design Week activities. Sappi World Design Convergence is an international design festival consisting of the congresses and general assemblies of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda) and the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI), as well as the Design Africa Expo, a multidisciplinary trade fair dedicated to professional design services and products.
South African President, Mr. Thabo Mbeki has been invited to speak at the opening ceremony of this historical event, followed by 56 world-class speakers who will share their views on global culture and design practice from 11 to 14 September 2001 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. Hundreds of delegates from 27 countries, spanning six continents, have already registered. 
This will be the first time that an entire week will be devoted to the debate of professional design issues and the promotion of the uniqueness of South African design identity and the country s design capabilities. Other activities included in Design Week programme are the Design Education Forum of Southern Africa International Conference, several design exhibitions, workshops and a design awareness information campaign, which will be broadly covered in national broadcast and print media. 
Sappi World Design Convergence is sponsored by Sappi, the world's leading producer of coated, wood-free fine paper. It is an event not to be missed! The speakers are world-class, the programme is topical and challenging, and the venue is spectacular.
Woza! Come. Engage.
Africa waits to welcome you!
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For further information please contact:

Thierry Van Kerm
Icograda Director

Contact Details: 
Congress bookings and inquires:
Estelle Lotter, Ripcord Promotions
T: + 27 (0) 11 837 2460
F: + 27 (0) 11 837 2484
Design Africa Expo inquiries:
Kagiso Exhibitions, Charmaine Schmahl
Tel: + 27 (0) 11 670 2000
Fax: + 27 (0) 11 679 1179
Media Relations: 
Leigh Angelo at International Trade Projects
T: +27 11 447 6568
F: + 27 11 447 6568
Host Organisation: 
Celia Clucas - Design South Africa
T: + 27 (0) 11 408 3410
F: + 27 (0) 11 408 3951
Design South Africa 
(011) 408-3410