𝗩𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗔𝗺𝗮𝘇𝘄𝗶: 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘂𝗺 𝗼𝗳 𝗟𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲
In early November of 2020, staff from the KwaZulu-Natal Museum (KZN Museum) visited Amazwi in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown). The Amazwi is an agency of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, and has recently been housed in a remarkable new facility, billed as the first ‘green’ museum in South Africa. The visit was undertaken at the request of the Department with the purpose of learning about the potential pitfalls of such large projects, as the KwaZulu-Natal Museum embarks on a R300 million re-location and re-housing project.
Along with Sandile Miya (Deputy Director), Wesley Flanagan (Head of Exhibitions), and Geoff Blundell (Head of Human Sciences), Patrick Mawesana and Garth Francis of Sakhisizwe Architects and Musa Pepu of Akwethu Engineering and Development (the project managers for the new development) visited the Amazwi facility.
Work on the architectural drawings for the new KZN Museum started during the Covid-19 lockdown and work on the redesign of the permanent exhibitions has also begun. The entire project is expected to take five years and will see the KZN Museum move to the site of the old St. Anne’s Hospital, further along Jabu Ndlovu Street, southwest of the present location. The new facility will include much improved storage for the KZN Museum’s National Heritage Assets and an improved visitor experience.
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