Projects by #cocreateSA

#cocreateSA is inspired by many great innovative Dutch-South African projects and is dedicated to give these projects a continuous platform through our website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channels. Some projects however, you will see covered more often and more extensively. For good reasons, not in the least because they were awarded our #cocreateSA Fund in 2014 and 2015 to help kick-start them.



PROJECT (2015): Alternative cooking technologies for sheep head traders

Project: Alternative cooking technologies for sheep head traders in Nyanga

  • 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.



PROJECT (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.



PROJECT (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.



PROJECT (2015:): FAAB Cook Stove

Khaya Power

  • 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.



PROJECT (2015): Rainfall For Drought

  • Partners: Red Plan (SA) and DssFactory (NL)
  • Goal: This collaboration will introduce innovative methods of rain water harvesting for domestic use and crop production in the rural Mtubatuba area, using a simple communication tool availed to the community to provide information on available alternatives of water storage techniques based on simple rainfall harvesting.



PROJECT (2015): Developing a curriculum in Sustainable Rangeland Management

  • Partners: Khusel’indalo (SA) + Wageningen UR, Centre for Development Innovation (NL)
  • Goal: This training programme aims to build the skills and performance of rural farming communities so that sustainable farming can become a recognised tool for food provision, ecosystem maintenance, predator management and the repair of degraded rangelands.



PROJECT (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.



PROJECT (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.



PROJECT (2014): Co-create Health

  • 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.



PROJECT (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



PROJECT (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



PROJECT (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.



PROJECT (2014): Our Future Cities

  • 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.



PROJECT (2014): Service Design @ 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.



PROJECT (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.