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Landmark for Umkhumbane
​King Goodwill Zwelithini and Mayor James Nxumalo,
joined by Councillors and City officials during the
sod-turning ceremony of Umkhumbane Cultural and
Heritage museum in Cato Manor, display an artist’s
impression of how the museum will look like when it
has been complete. The state-of-the art project will
cost R75 million.
CONSTRUCTION of a R75 million ultra-modern uMkhumbane Cultural and Heritage Museum in Cato Manor, to be built by eThekwini Municipality, has been given the green light by His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini.

The monarch gave his stamp of approval during a sod-turning ceremony of this historical landmark last week. The museum is phase two of a R 300 million cultural and heritage precinct that will include a heritage centre, a forced removal museum, a Queen Thomozile memorial, concession and trade building, as well as a Freedom Park.

His Majesty said the cultural tourist attraction would not only preserve the Zulu nation’s rich cultural heritage, but would also revive the history of Cato Manor.

“With this establishment we hope to transform the Cato Manor community, create employment opportunities and alleviate poverty in the area. Through this museum, we will be able to tell our own stories and educate people about our rich heritage. It will be a green building that is in line with the Municipality’s green strategy,” he said.

Mayor James Nxumalo said the construction was in line with National Government’s vision to create an efficient, effective and development-orientated public service. “This development is part of the Municipality’s social cohesion strategy of uniting people as this area was once a thriving non-racial community of Indians and black people before forced removals. The development also speaks to the Municipality’s Cato Manor Area-Based Management programme of spearheading the socio-economic development and sustainability.”

The museum will house the offices for the monarch. Phase one of the project included the construction of Queen Thomozile Jezangani Ndwandwe memorial. Queen Thomozile is the King’s mother.

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