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UMkhumbane Museum nominated for top Africa Award
The uMkhumbane Cultural and Heritage Museum, which was
completed last year has been 
nominated in the prestigious Africa
Architecture 
Awards.
THE City’s R80 million ultra-modern uMkhumbane Cultural and Heritage Museum in Cato Manor, which has helped alleviate unemployment in the area has been nominated in the Africa Architecture Awards. 

The awards, which will be held on 28 September in Cape Town, aim to recognize and reward projects from around the continent and seeks to celebrate design excellence, honor established architects and encourage emerging designers. With a total of 307 entries received, 139 submissions were for the “built” category. 

The museum has been shortlisted in the top 5 of this category and is the only South African entry that is competing in this field. EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede welcomed the news. “This project has not only revived the Cato Manor area, but it has also helped preserve our rich heritage and boost tourism in the City. Importantly, it has created jobs for people in the area. We pride ourselves about such structures,” she said, adding that the museum is in line with the City’s green strategy. 

The cultural and heritage museum, once completed, will include a heritage center, a forced removal museum, a memorial of Queen Thomozile, a concession and a trade building as well as the Cato Manor Freedom Park. Head of Parks Recreation and Culture Unit Thembinkosi Ngcobo said: “Before the museum was built, we sat down with the service providers and we told them that we wanted it to be the best in the world. We also told them to use some of the world’s best museums to benchmark and that the design must be a combination of both African and modern design.” 

Head of Engineering Unit Greg Evans commended the City’s Architecture Department for their project management skills and seeing the project to completion with creativity and strong design ethos intact.
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