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24 May 2017
Two Historically Significant Sites to be Unveiled in the City
EThekwini Municipality will end off Africa Month on a high note with the unveiling of two significant and historical sites that will play a pivotal role in preserving the rich culture, history and heritage of the City.
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini will be joined by the Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa, Premier of KwaZulu-Natal Willies Mchunu and Mayor Zandile Gumede to officially unveil the Mpumalanga Heritage Centre and uMkhumbane/Cato Manor Cultural Museum on Saturday, 27 May, and Sunday, 28 May, respectively.
The Mpumalanga Heritage Centre, funded by the National Department of Tourism, was conceptualised after two studies were conducted, namely the Local Economic Development Study and Township Regeneration Study for Mpumalanga township. Both studies recommended tourism as one of the key economic sectors that would stimulate Small Medium Micro Enterprise (SMME) development and job creation in the area. The Heritage Centre will showcase local history of apartheid resistance, local legends and icons, arts and culture, township lifestyle, arts and entertainment.
The completion of the uMkhumbane/Cato Manor Museum is the first phase of a five-year project that will see the emergence of the Cato Manor Freedom Park. The museum will house interactive exhibitions and collections that will showcase the Zulu culture and the role played by the Zulu Kingdom in the country’s liberation and in achieving peace in the province and the country. These include ending the war between the Zulus and the Indian community in Durban in 1949. The museum is also particularly significant as the remains of the late Queen Thomozile kaNdwandwe Zulu (King Goodwill Zwelithini’s mother) are buried on the site.
Details of the ceremonies are as follows:
Official Opening of Mpumalanga Heritage Centre, Saturday – 27 May 2017, 9am, Mpumalanga Heritage Centre (3699 Shezi Main Road next to Mpumalanga Library)
Official Opening of uMkhumbane/Cato Manor Museum, Sunday – 28 May 2017, 9am, uMkhumbane/Cato Manor Museum (2 Kaladen Road, cnr Vusi Mzimela and Mary Thipe Road)
RSVP: Vuyo Ndlovu on 031 311 4838, or Simphiwe Dlamini on 031 311 4850, by Friday, 26 May 2017.
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.
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