From the founder of Airbnb providing innovative solutions for refugees in 2017, to the founder of what3words, a revolutionary geographic digital mapping tool, the overriding commitment of participants at the annual Design Indaba Conference and Festival remains how to better the world — one pixel, brick or recycled plastic bean at a time. In what has been a tumultuous month for the country, and while the citizens and visitors of Cape Town reel between the volatility of the #Zexit unfolding on the national political stage and the #dayzero #impeachdelille crises, it feels like it is time to move out of the drama of #hashtag political spectatorship to one of active citizenship. So the regular February Cape cultural calendar — from the Investec Cape Town Art Fair to the grand-daddy of cultural events, the 23rd annual Design Indaba Conference and Festival — provides a welcome diversion and an opportunity to actively participate in SA’s cultural and economic recovery. The indaba, which ret...

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