Initiatives by #cocreateSA [2017- 2018]

[2018] Bicycle Mayor

The Netherlands Consulate General in collaboration with the Pedal Power Association and the BYCS initiative is excited to introduce Lebogang Mokwena as the 2018 Bicycle Mayor. Bicycle Mayor is a pilot project that is based on an independent global initiative by BYCS which originated in the Netherlands and aims to accelerate cycling awareness and progress of cycling in cities. 

[2017-2018] #Inspiring FiftySA

#InspiringFiftySA is an initiative in collaboration with #cocreateSA, the national campaign of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Cape Town. The Dutch based non-profit organisation aims to showcase inspiring female role models in the STEM industry in the Netherlands, France, Europe, the Nordics, United Kingdom, Canada and South Africa.

[2016- 2017] #cocreate2ACCELERATE



The initiative of the Dutch Consulate General of the Kingdom will see the building of relationships between high-potential young companies from the Netherlands and South Africa, leading to international partnerships and expansions. Startups have high potential to create real change in the world and it is therefore essential to help them scale internationally in order to reach their full potential. 

[2017] #cocreateMYCITY DURBAN

#cocreateMYCITY DURBAN is an initiative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to cocreate sustainable, smart solutions to urban challenges in the city of Durban. On the 23rd of November business, government and knowledge institutes  come together to hold workshops and discuss Durban as a City of the Future.

[2017- 2018] #cocreateBEATS

The aim of the collaboration between #cocreateSA and Cape Audio College is to empower youngsters to develop a skillset that can help them find employment and to promote the music industry of South Africa

Initiatives by the #cocreateSA Fund [2014- 2015]

[2015] Alternative cooking technologies for sheep head traders

  • Partners: Engineers Without Borders (SA) + The Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (NL)
  • Goal: Daily exposure to toxic smoke from traditional cooking practices can cause lung diseases and eye injuries. Sheep head traders in Cape Town’s Nyanga township have requested help in finding a technical solution to their space, health and pollution problems, resulting in a fuel-efficient cooker.
[2015] Agri-Design

  • Partners: Cape Craft and Design Institute (SA) + a consortium of Dutch partners (NL)
  • Goal: Agri-Design aims to bring value to the agri processing sector through a design-driven approach to product development and beneficiation. The project will bring together local and Dutch companies involved in agri-processing, and foster collaboration by leading a design process with the two companies to explore what new products can be created with their combined expertise.
[2015] Backyard Bioponics

  • Partners: Isidima Design & Development (SA) + OKRA Landscape Architects (NL)
  • Goal: The project aims to create an integrated, multi-functional and optimised system of grey-water management and urban agriculture for the BT Section in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township, where public furniture elements and playground devices handle and clean grey and storm water, which can then be re-used for irrigation
[2015] FAAB Cook Stove

  • Partners: Khaya Power (SA) + Delft University of Technology, Dept. of Industrial Design (NL)
  • Goal: The FAAB Cook Stove allows you to cook in a safe manner on biomass such as briquettes, wood pallets and cow dung. The stove’s solar-powered battery can charge a phone, a light or other small electrical appliances.
[2014] Genius Of Place (GOP) Business Modelling
  • Partners: Biomimicry SA + Biomimicry NL
  • Goal: The Bergriver is heavily polluted. Many communities rely on it for drinking water and water to irrigate their agricultural land. The Western Cape Province has asked BiomimicrySA to develop innovative solutions for pollution. Together with their Dutch counterpart BiomimicryNL, they have applied for #cocreateSA support to involve the local communities and develop small business opportunities around these solutions. That way communities can be part of the solution AND benefit from clean water and develop a livelihood.
[2014] Comparative Flow Pattern Distribution Method
  • Partners: City of Cape Town Department of Water and Sanitation (SA) + KWR water research institute (NL)
  • Goal: The KWR has developed a method to map how water flows through the distribution network. The method will allow City officials to compare the flow patterns and become alerted to changes in the patterns. It will also guide City officials on whether changes are a result of for example growth in demand, or something more inconsistent such as a leak or theft. The result is improved water management.
[2014] #cocreateHealth
  • Partners: Cape Craft & Design Institute + Philips
  • Goal: The CCDI and Philips are working together with between local health departments, healthcare workers, healthcare practitioners and range of social scientists and designers to tackle issues in healthcare services such as waiting times.
[2014] University Sustainable Transport Programme (USTP)
  • Partners: EWIZZ + opportunity for collaboration with Dutch partners in various fields (solar charging) at TU Delft, EV consult
  • Goal: this collaboration is encouraging students to use electric scooters, and providing the infrastructure (on-campus charge stations) to allow this usage. Funding for a marketing project to get commitment from universities and generate corporate sponsorships
[2014] Community Electrification Project
  • Partners: Africa Foundation for Sustainable Development+ Solar Works
  • Goal: providing solar lighting to approximately 222 families across 3 communities in the Eastern Cape (Witteklip, Shamrock and Fitches Corner) and train local entrepreneurs to develop small solar lighting businesses
[2014] Flowers Grown In Cape Town
  • Partners: Design for development+ Alie Marquard, farmer and entrepreneur of thirty years +Manelisi Mapukata, small-scale urban farmer
  • Goal:Flowers are one of Holland’s biggest export product. Flowers Grown in Cape Town will grow and supply flowers to the domestic market using a combination of local skills and resources and expertise from the Netherlands.
[2014] Community Electrification Project
  • Partners: Future Cape Town (SA) + Dutch partners
  • Goal: This one year journalism project will foster collaboration between a South African and a Dutch city as well as a network of online and social media organisations working within the sustainability and urbanism fields.
[2014] DC SmartGrids
  • Partners: GreenCape(SA) +Dutch consortium pf Smart Grids specialists (NL)
  • Goal: One in five South-African households are without electricity, and are forced to use unsecure fuels. Yet this lack of existing infrastructure also creates the opportunity to ‘leapfrog’ directly to the newest and most sustainable technologies. Smart grids are ultimately the safest, cheapest and easiest systems to build for small municipalities, where communities can receive training to develop and maintain the system themselves, resulting in capacity building and job creation. Also, micro grids need a relatively low investment. This collaboration aims to get commitment for the introduction of at least two DC Smart Grids in the Western Cape.
[2014] Service Design at Ikhwezi Clinic
  • Partners: City of Cape Town + Royal HaskoningDHV
  • Goal: Ikhwezi Clinic’s clients are predominantly informal residents of Nomzamo SP and Lwandle, a rapidly-growing cluster of formal and informal settlements within Strand Municipality. What has been exciting in this project is that the SA/NL team that was hired for this project has been able to work directly with the staff members to develop a different approach to the way things work in the clinic. By thinking differently the staff has come up with often simple solutions that are bound to have an incredible impact, most importantly on the waiting times and the waiting experience in the clinic.