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SABS Design Institute: Promoting South African design ingenuity

South Africans are known for their ingenuity

with the SABS Design Institute behind it, has

when it comes to designing products to solve

established a proud tradition of promoting indig-

specific problems or to meet special needs.

enous design.

For the past almost 40 years product designers have been lauded for their inventiveness by an

This year 14 design excellence award winners

award scheme that has placed South African

were honoured at a function held in Johannes-

products on the map.

burg on 30 October. As is the case every year, the SABS Design Excellence Awards entries

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)

were adjudicated by industry experts and en-

Design Excellence Awards scheme was estab-

tries fell into one of six categories.

lished in 1969 to recognise the achievements of South African product designers, while also

Although the product designs are not in compe-

encouraging local product design and manu-

tition with one another, the panel of adjudicators

facture and promoting international competi-

annually vote for one product that has grabbed

tiveness of local products. This award scheme,

their imagination. This year’s Chairman’s Award

DESIGN> magazine (edition 11, 2008/9)  

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DESIGN> magazine (edition 11, 2008/9)  

Welcome to DESIGN>, a free subscription information platform where creativity, innovation, knowledge, technology and business converge.

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