Manor Interactive Cultural Centre
To preserve and enhance the rich and diverse
cultural history of Cato Manor as an educational resource and
enriching the cultural
heritage of the entire KwaZulu-Natal Region.
To involve and organise the previously disadvantaged
communities around technical and developmental issues and proposals,
thus maximising their capacity and empowerment.
To promote the socio-economic opportunities
presented by the area’s past and present context.
To find ways in which a sense of social cohesion and place
can be promoted through the celebration of an area / community’s
Working with memory, in South Africa, is a significant part of the reconciliation
This manifestation of history has the potential of providing economic and cultural
sustainability within local communities by tapping into local and foreign tourism
The development will therefore be of a first world standard, the first in KZN.
- Creating a sustainable model
- Working with memory -Interpretation and
- A business village within a cultural centre
- Opportunities within a branded centre
- An interactive exhibition area -new museum
A themed theatre for Cato Manor
The accessible location of the site will facilitate the development
of a commercial node along the public road edge, adding value to
the evolving central node
within Cato Manor.
Controlled public access allows pedestrian
movement through the site, along the river’s edge and through
a memorial park. The cultural
centre will cater
daily tourist and commuter movement, and will serve as a gateway
to the eco and cultural tours through Cato Manor and surrounding
An environmental awareness centre and nature
trail, integrating the Memorial Park, Workers’ Village and
exhibition area, will
exhibit and initiate an environmental
rehabilitation strategy for the area.
The site has been selected and the land has been secured – part is owned by the
Ethekweni Municipality and part is to be donated by the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Initial geo-technical, environmental, flood line and site survey completed.
The story-line has been completed.
An architectural competition was held to select a project architect.
Most of the project team has been appointed.
Conceptual design is underway.
A due diligence exercise to determine the final scope of the project is underway.
The ethekwini Municipality has spent approximately
R2.7 million to date. Estimated project cost R 60 mill.
Construction phase – about 120 jobs.
Operations phase – about 36 permanent staff and 272 manufacturing
and retail jobs.
Tourism Related – about 100 jobs
Professional/business – about 20 jobs
Entertainment – about 100 jobs
Arts and crafts – 60 jobs
Commerce / business – about 200 jobs.
Memorial Park will serve as a recreational & social
urban facility, for all people. A socio-cultural significant
place, linking past, present and future.
Infrastructure for events such as flea markets,
music and cultural festivals will be integrated into the open