Now that word is getting out about our Enviro Reach Programme, the KZN Museum is able to extend its reach to new areas due to the demand from schools. The Enviro Reach Programme is part of the Museum’s outreach education initiative and specifically focuses on high school learners, and is now extending boundaries and making an impact with learners that are plotting their academic future.
Recently the Museum joined the Isiqalo Youth Development Team in a collaborative effort to motivate learners about their future and education. The Isiqalo Youth Development team is an NPO that provides guidance and mentorship for learners from grade 9-12.
The Museum visited three schools in the Mkhabathini area and focused on meeting the learner needs for life sciences, grades 10 - 12 through our interactive and stimulating teaching aids. The presentation made by Marsha Kalika (Chief Education Officer for Outreach) was received with excitement and appreciation by both the educators and learners. The feedback from educators is that these teaching aids bring science to life and they are eager to use it in their lessons. The teaching aids will be delivered to the schools in April and this begins our journey of making life sciences fun and exciting with these new schools.
The visual teaching aids that the KZN Museum produced for Life Science complements the CAPS syllabus, in order for the learners to grasp concepts easily. In partnership with the Provincial Department of Education, the Museum undertook to develop teaching aids for Life Sciences, which cover a total of 8 sections, ranging from grades 10 to 12. The learning aids comprise topics covered in the Life Sciences syllabus such as RNA, Viruses, Bacteria and Mitosis to name a few. The aids are not only meant to stimulate the learners visually but are designed to be interactive, allowing both students and teachers to actively construct a cell or build an RNA strand, which will hopefully result in better memory retention and building vocabulary.
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Due to the upcoming Easter weekend, please be advised that the Museum will close at 11h00 am on Thursday, 1 April 2021. The Museum will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, 6 April 2021.
We apologise for any inconvenience and wish you all a happy and safe Easter weekend.
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Mr Kenny Vusi Xaba, or fondly known as Baba Kenny or Shwabada arrived at the KZN Museum in 1999. He has been part of the many changes that have been made throughout the exhibition spaces. He has made a very direct mark on the Museum, as he has been responsible for most of the paint work in all the display spaces. He is a master of his craft, his ability to square off an area and paint with precision is a lost art and will leave big shoes to fill.

In a personal capacity, we are going to miss Kenny dearly, his upbeat personality, mischievous sense of humour, humility and impressive dance moves will leave an empty space in our department. We wish Kenny all the best in this new chapter in his life. I hope he is able to rest, stay healthy and spend lots of time with his grandchildren (and bring them in for visits at the Museum to show them all he has done).

There is a misconception that museums are static spaces, this couldn’t be more wrong, our institution is constantly changing and evolving. It is an odd space where we try to preserve the past and still make way for the future, change means new life and we wish Kenny well on this new change of life.

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Hamba Kahle Ndabezitha

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Today, as we say farewell to King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, we remember him and the line of Zulu Kings who came before him. We remember the great deeds of uShaka kaSenzangakhona and the civil strife between his half-brothers, Dingane kaSenzangakhona and Mpande kaSenzangakhona. We remember the poignant defiance of British Imperialism by Cetshwayo kaMpande. We remember the Bambatha Rebellion and the unjust treatment of Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo. We remember the role of Solomon Nkayishana ka Dinuzulu in the founding of Inkatha kaZulu as an organization to fight against the Native Affairs Bill of 1920. We remember Nyangayezizwe Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaNkayishana, the father of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu. We remember King Zwelithini for his unwavering support of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, his efforts in developing the youth, and his emphasis on the importance of tradition and heritage. The throne is empty for now. Hambe Kahle Ndabezitha!

Image: The chair of King Cetshwayo in the History Collection of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum Human Science Department. Photo taken by Chiara Singh 2021

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Opening Times

Monday to Friday - 9:00 to 15:30 
Saturdays - Closed 
Sundays - Closed

ENTRANCE CHARGES

Adults (over 17 years) : R10.00

Children (4-17 years) : R 2.50 

School Learners on tour : R 1.50 per child

Pensioners & toddlers : FREE