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Design decisions is 100% female and black owned company by Ms. Temi Stallings.  It is an Exempted Micro Enterprise (EME) with a level 1 BBBEE score and 100% broad based procurement recognition level.  

As an EME,Design Decisions automatically qualifies as a level 1 contributor which gives us 100% BEE recognition.  

This status,  together with our recognition in the design field and global exposure, has made us committed to playing  a vital role in the design field as BEE contributors and share our talent and knowledge with emerging empowered designers and suppliers by encouraging them and promoting their businesses.  

We endeavour to ensure that at least 50% of our procurement is derived from female or black owned enterprises, manufacturers and suppliers.

Temi Stallings was elected Western Cape regional head of the IID (south african institute for the interior design professions) in march 2010 and proposed student membership and made suggestions for socio-economic development programs such as a mentoring program, which includes exposing the black community to the interior design field and encouraging them to pursue it as a career. She is also interested in publishing a resource directory listing all BEE companies in the design industry.


HDSAs (Historically Disadvantaged South Africans)

Design Decisions understands the struggles of HDSAs, particularly black women.  Although we are a very small EME, we do engage the services of other designers to assist us in our projects and will always first select HDSA individuals for the job.  We have never forgotten our humble beginnings and have seen our company grow and shrink over the years.  As it stands, all present interior designers that assist us with projects are black and female and either recent graduates.

Their roles include technical drawings, 3d renderings, specifications, photoshop moodboard layouts, costing and sourcing, estimating, and contract administration duties.

Training and development

We have in the past paid for auto-cad training, corel drawer and 3d rendering training of employees that have expressed interest for  training.  

As Western Cape regional head of IID, our company were involved in structuring the ‘make something from nothing’ project.  The objective was to get sponsorship from corporations and individuals to fund the project in elementary schools and high schools in the townships.  The aim was to improve the class room environment aesthetically with the help of designers working with the students to re-design the classrooms.  A pleasant environment promotes happiness, creativity and intelligence.  

We will also have competitions to design products and have prizes that would encourage their interest in design.  Growing up, I remember making toys and furniture from food cans, tires and wires.  This project, we hope will grow into a positive creative base for children to get more involved in design.  More development will be available on the IID newsletter in the next coming months.

Temi Stallings has already founded a trust called We Count foundation which has similar socio-economic goals for disadvantaged children who are interested in the arts and sports.  In her true entrepreneurial spirit, she developed a South African workout called ‘zulurobics’. Part proceeds of the sale of the DVD will go the foundation. (for more information)


Enterprise development

As an african, it is definitely in our nature to assist in enterprise development since we grow up with extended families.  In the past, working on projects in Nigeria and now Cape Town,  Design Decisions have given interest free loans to small start up companies to buy their delivery van for instance, assisted in preparing work shop drawings for small shop fitting companies free of charge, 100% down payments on jobs contracted out the small businesses where only 50% is the standard advance payment, referring them to other designers or clients and constantly transferring knowledge and skills on site work to apprentices in the small business such as how to set out tiling,  draw a blue line, general checking and double checking that work is plumb and perfect. The percentage of turnover on this is insignificant but the technical help and support as well as referrals has been constant.


We endeavour to ensure that at least 50% of our procurement is derived from female or black owned enterprises, manufacturers and suppliers.  

The only tracking system we do in this regard is where we are not able to give contracts to such companies.  We try to find out the reason and find companies in the future who will be able to meet the requirements of the contract.  This is partly why we plan to publish a resource directory listing all BEE companies in the design industry, which hope will be available through the IID (the South African institute for the interior design professions).   We hope to get this listing from various sources -word of mouth, internet, data base of BEE agencies and companies in the industry, DTI, and publications.

Some of our BEE and black owned or female companies that have supplied us include the following:
1. Manufacturers
     a. Petite  Designs
     b. Petersens
     c.  DAG
2. Installers
    a.  Shop fitters –SRS interiors
    b.  Harwood installers – Wayne flooring
    c.  Tilers – Mr. Issac
    d.  Electricians – Southern Electrical
    e. Upholstery –Lamila design studio
    f. Curtain and scatter cushions –Petite Home Decor
    g.   Post completion cleaning companies – Jacobs cleaning services
3. Artwork –Greatmore studios
4. Delivery companies – Dash exclusive furniture couriers
5. Printers –Koerikai document solutions


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