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UMkhumbane Museum wins African award
​In a celebratory mood outside the uMkhumbane Cultural
and Heritage Museum are (from left) Mhlengi Gumede of
Cato Manor Area Based Management, Ward 101 Councillor
Mzi Ngiba, Rodney Choromanski and City Manager Sipho
Nzuza showing off the prestigious Africa award the museum
was awarded for its architectural design.
IT was double celebrations for the City’s ultra-modern uMkhumbane Cultural and Heritage Museum after it scooped an accolade for being the best new building in Africa in the inaugural Africa Architecture Awards just three days before World Architecture Day on 2 October.

An event to celebrate the milestone, which coincided with World Architecture Day, was held at the R80 million museum in Cato Manor on 2 October. The museum, which was designed by local firm Choromanski Architects, was awarded the accolade during a ceremony in Cape Town on 28 September.

The prestigious awards attracted 307 entries from 32 countries, with uMkhumbane Museum being the only South African entry in the “built” category. The awards aim to recognise and reward projects from around the continent and seeks to celebrate design excellence, honour established architects and encourage emerging and future designers. Speaking at the celebratory event, City Manager Sipho Nzuza said the project has revived the Cato Manor area, helped preserve the area’s rich heritage and boosted tourism in the City.

Importantly, he said the museum has created jobs for people in the area. Nzuza said the museum is strategically located in the area with a rich political history. Acting Head of the Architecture Department Nina Saunders applauded everyone involved in constructing the museum. She also thanked the community of Cato Manor, saying they played a critical role in identifying the site.
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