The nomination period for board members of the World Design Capital 2014 has been extended to 31 July 2012. The Cape Town Partnership, who coordinated Cape Town’s successful World Design Capital 2014 bid, has been mandated by the City of Cape Town to support the setup of the company. Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, Managing Director of the Cape Town Partnership, today announced that nominations have been streaming in steadily since they opened three weeks ago on 27 June 2012. However, numerous requests have come in for an extension, given that the original nomination timeframe coincided with the mid-term school break. To ensure an inclusive process, the World Design Capital 2014 Board Selection Committee has agreed to extend the closing date. The Selection Committee is made up of Luyanda Mpahlwa (Committee Chair), architect, founder and Design Principal at DesignSpaceAfrica; Leshni Shah, Operations Director of Design Indaba; Gavin Silber, Coordinator of the Social Justice Coalition; Rashid Toefy, CEO of the Cape Town International Convention Centre; Mike Marsden, Deputy City Manager, City of Cape Town; Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, MD of the Cape Town Partnership and Martin Smuts, Deputy Mayor of Stellenbosch Municipality. Says Board Selection Committee Chair, Luyanda Mpahlwa, ‘Inclusivity is at the heart of Cape Town’s World Design Capital 2014 vision. We need committed Board members from diverse sectors to bring their skills, experience and perspectives to help us maximise the World Design Capital 2014 opportunity – an opportunity to transform our city and reposition it on a global stage, through design.’ A not-for-profit organisation that is still in the process of name registration, the World Design Capital 2014 implementation company will be responsible for delivering on the requirements of the World Design Capital 2014 Host City Agreement and ensuring alignment with Cape Town’s World Design Capital 2014 vision of bridging historic divides and repositioning the city for a sustainable, inclusive future, through design. The World Design Capital 2014 implementation company will report to an independent, voluntary (non-paying) Board consisting of experienced directors. Potential candidates for the Board can be nominated by organisations or individuals, and will be evaluated for their leadership capabilities, skills and experience, rather than as ‘representatives’ of particular organisations. Board nominees are required to demonstrate capabilities of collaborative leadership, including a commitment to working with diverse organisations and embracing different perspectives. Nominees will also need to demonstrate experience and understanding of areas of expertise including business management, corporate governance, local and provincial government contexts, the design and creative industries, information management, working in partnerships, higher education, finance and contracts, marketing and communications, the media, events and, finally, community engagement.Board nomination forms can be accessed at www.capetown2014.co.za and must be submitted, together with a CV, by 18h00 on Tuesday 31 July 2012 to to firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax on 021 419 0894. The Board will be announced by no later than 31 August 2012.