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Photograph: ŠHerman Jordaan 2011

LAUNCH ISSUE Welcome back!!! It has indeed been a long while but we have been working hard to ensure that the wheels are turning accordingly. This Edition will revolve solely around the Launch event for MoDILA which took place on the 25th July 2011 at the Audi Centre. Its a night of inspiration, imagining and strengthening the bonds of friendship & cooperation. We thought it best to share more images this time around, because as they say a pictureis worth a thousand words. I trust you will enjoy it.

This Is Our Renaissance Moment These words reverberated in the minds of all in attendance as Founder of MoDILA, Mokena Makeka, revealed the ethos and siginificance of The Museum of Design, Innovation, Leadership & Art. Makeka hightlighted that MoDILA is a trust that offers educational programs that raises awareness, train and inspire the public; and offers an interactive multimedia platform for design, innovation, and entrepreneurship and art studies. Touching on the significance of the knowledge economy and the invaluable contribution Design Innovation Leadership & Art have to make to the growing of this economy, Makeka delighted the audience with his words of inspiration, and vividly transported us to a place where a vibrant , convivial and all inclusive economy, fueled by the celebration of innovation, science & the arts, articulates a better future for us all. MoDILA will be the premier contemporary museum on the continent and its programs will play a significant role in the transformation & Founder Mokena Makeka giving his propserity of The Western Cape, South Africa & the continent at large. keynote address For Mokena Makeka’s full speech visit or write to


Testimonial: Resurgence And Resonance by Melanie Burke The launch of MoDILA recently inspired me to capture and nurture the essence of Africa. As a founding trustee of MoDILA it was a privilege to share in this reminder of our resurgence as creative beings and to collaborate with Mokena Makeka to bring this vision to reality. MoDILA is superbly positioned as a conduit in response to the issues facing our society. The programmes of MoDILA are at the heart of economic and social transformation. The timing of this opportunity relates directly to us coming into our own as a young democracy and seeking new and innovative ways to address job creation and education in the knowledge economy. Inherent in the design of MoDILA is collaboration, inclusivity and possibility. We know the hard work starts now and we are looking forward to working with all of our partners across all creative and other disciplines to impact our common humanity.


MoDILA is constantly looking for support from all over the world from those who believe in the power of celebrating Design and the Arts and we aspire to create new and exciting partnerships. If you are interested in supporting or partnering with MoDILA, or you have questions or you just want to say hi, please feel free to send us an email on or We would love to hear from you and engage with you further.

Trustees Of MoDILA Melanie Burke

Melanie Burke left full-time corporate employment in 2005 to start her own company, MAB and Associates (Pty) Ltd – a company that focuses on transformation and technology solutions for social development and business support. She is also an associate of SynNovation Solutions, doing change facilitation and training in innovation and creative problemsolving. Melanie also coaches and builds capacity through her role as senior programme director at Common Purpose, an organisation that facilitates leadership development. We are proud to have her as a Trustee..

Professor Njabulo Ndebele, Patron of MoDILA

Africa Melane Born in Gugulethu, Africa is a true son of the Mother City. He was educated at UCT, where he studied accounting - then worked with a leading business assurance and advisory company.He ended up teaching some of the first-year MBChB class for a number of years in professional and personal development, and isnow a presenter on CapeTalk and 702. We are glad to have him with us.

“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.” — Robert L. Peters

Professor Njabulo Simakahle Ndebele (born 4 July 1948 in Johannesburg), an academic, a literary and a writer of fiction, is the former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Cape Town. We are honoured and privilaged to have a man of his calibre leading shining light on the path MoDILA is on.

Nthato Minyuku-Gobodo Nthato is a development activist and independent consultant for the World Bank. With the World Bank she supports a technical assistance program with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. Nthato is the Deputy President of the South African Planning Institute (SAPI) responsible for enhancing the quality and capacity of the planning profession in South Africa and the continent. We are honured to have her.


Premier of The Western Cape Endorses MoDILA

Meet the Master of this Ceremony

Big Band and MoDILA are apparent to say the least. This development program is targeted at vulnerable youth from high schools in Leiden, Rosendal and Voorbrug. Through this program, which has early intervention as a core element, music is used as a vehicle to equip the youth with valuable life-skills. It is such efforts that MoDILA undertakes and supports through its programs.

Mokena Makeka & Africa Melane

Premier Helen Zille

Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille, shared her belief and vision for Cape Town to be Design Capital for 2014 and affirmed that MoDILA will be the pinnacle of the coming together of various design interventions and developments taking place in Cape Town. We delighted to have the support of The Province.

New African Aesthetic Powered by the Youth of South Africa.

Executive Council member Kaylene Levack gave us highlights of what MoDILA is and what it repesents. The importance of key relationship building across sectors cannot be underestimated if we are to create and fashion the future we envisage. Mokena’s vision provides a platform for such realtionships to be forged. For Kaylene’s Full speech visit or write to

Kaylene Levack

MoDILA is constituted by diverse and passionate creatives, one of which is Africa Melane. Reknowned for his voice and intellect, MoDILA is privileged to have him as a Trustee and were glad to have him as the MC on the evening. You can hear Africa on 567 Cape Talk weekdays.

The Delft Big Band & MoDILA On a night that layed hold of the promise of a brighter future for all citizens through bold and brave leaps of faith, guests were entertained by The Delft Big Band under the directorship of Cape Town Jazz Guru Ian Smith. The 16 piece ensemble gave a rendition of John Legend’s interpretation of “Wake Up Everybody”. And indeed peoples imaginations were awakened. The synergy’s between The Delft

The Delf Big Band

ABOUT MOKENA MAKEKA Mokena Makeka is the Founder and principal driver behind MoDILA. He is the Creative and Managing Director of the award winning architectural and urban design practice Makeka Design Lab. Mokena is a strong advocate of societal transformation through the power of design and he is known for his belief that “good architecture and design is a basic human right” He is an ardent patron of the Arts and strong contributor to Cape Towns’ bid to become the World Design Capital in 2014. To read more about Mokena and his practice, visit: and

Professor Albie Sachs & Pat Pillay

The Forming of Friendships Without support from like minded people and organisations institutions like MoDILA would be highly disadvantaged in its mission to make a siginicant societal contribution.

Mokena & Anton Du Toit, Rhebokskloof MD

In support of MoDILA, the Rhebokskloof Wine Estate generously partnered with MoDILA on the night and has shown their belief in what MoDILA embodies by this show of friendship. Strategic relationships shall be pivotal in seeing a design and art conscious public thriving in the Western Cape and the country as a whole.


FOCUS ON: Musuem of Design, Innovation, Leadership & Art, Makeka Design Lab “Whilst architects have retained their traditional strength of cultural and aesthetic, formal considerations, they have lost their numeracy and the ability to demonstrate that architectural intention and performance need not be diametrically opposed concerns, and in a nation which is still largely design illiterate, the price that society pays for ill conceived and overly simplified solutions to the built environment has been the production diminished public environments, and increased isolation of the architect from the public imagination as a trustworthy and responsible practitioner and agent for change.� Mokena Makeka








You Owned The Night, & We Thank You On a night like this, we were proud and honured to have such incredible people share in this great occasion. These are people whom we believe possess a passion and drive that will play an impotant part in taking MoDILA into the future. This is You. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your attendance and participation on the evening, for your support and encouragement and most importantly for being a friend of MoDILA, on the night and going forward. If you have any inqueries regarding photgraphy on the evening, Please do not hesitate to contact

MoDILA will be the centerpiece of an urban renewal initiative that will locate itself around a design precinct and high impact innovation cluster of technology, innovation art and leadership. Its purpose is to transform the cultural landscape, and act as an education platform of international significance to advance a Pan African project of cultural, entrepreneurial and technological renewal.


Event Team Events like these require a great amount of dedication, sacrifice, and commitement to excellence. The night may be fleeting, but a great deal of work went in to making the wonderful evening a great success. It is only fitting that we express our gratitude to all those who gave their best to make the night a live atmosphere filled with expectancy and promise. MoDILA thanks you all. We would like to extend our gratitude to The Premier of The Western Cape for speaking and sharing the night with us. The office of the Ministry of Arts & Culture for its presence and support of the MoDILA, embodied by Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile The Executive Committee of MoDILA The City of Cape Town, Cape Town Tourism, Wesgro, CPUT, as allies of MODILA and for their support and endorsement of the project Makeka Design Lab for their tireless efforts to create the embodiment of the vision and their dedication to excellence. We would like to thank Rhebokskloof Wine Estates for their generous support and sponsorship. We would also like to thank Spier for the work they are doing in furthering and celebrating the arts and for sponsoring the event with their creative block range. Modern Garden for supplying the night with the beautiful furniture and support Mr. Hans Pleysier for coordinating the refreshments for the evening The Delft Big Band for entertaining us and inspiring us. Special vote of thanks to Joanne Rose Innes and By Invite Only for ensuring that all went well on the evening. We would also like to express thanks to those who have given their time and efforts behinds the scenes to ensure that MoDILA is where it is today and will go where it is destined to be. You are greatly appreciated. We honour your support and dedication and we thank you. Modila looks forward to being a key component of Cape Town as the World design Capital for 2014 and we hope our beautiful city wins.

MoDILA will be the centerpiece of an urban renewal initiative that will locate itself around a design precinct and high impact innovation cluster of technology, innovation art and leadership. Its purpose is to transform the cultural landscape, and act as an education platform of international significance to advance a Pan African project of cultural, entrepreneurial and technological renewal.

MoDILA Launch Edition  
MoDILA Launch Edition  

We are happy and excited to share a momentous occasion with you. See the night MoDILA announced its presence to the world