Opening of heritage centre looms

2018-04-19 06:01
PHOTO: andile sitholeAt the meeting held at the building that will be used as the heritage centre in Verulam are city architects, engineers and members of the Verulam Historical Society and ward councillor Johnson Chetty.

PHOTO: andile sitholeAt the meeting held at the building that will be used as the heritage centre in Verulam are city architects, engineers and members of the Verulam Historical Society and ward councillor Johnson Chetty.

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PLANS are afoot to have the eagerly-awaited Verulam Heritage Centre opened to the public soon after the engineers handed over the project to the City architects on Friday, April 6.

This emerged at a special meeting held at the centre to push ahead the plans of the official opening that will be announced soon.

The eThekwini Municipality Architecture Department will survey the building to ensure that it complies with the architectural standards of the department.

Project architect Agas Perumall said: “The City architects intend to hand over the project to the Department of Museum in eThekwini Municipality. The building will be used by the Verulam Heritage Centre and open to the public.”

Mano Murugan said: “The Verulam Historical Society is actually living the legacy of our children and the community of Verulam. The children in this area and surroundings will enjoy heritage and facilities of the heritage of Verulam.

“The community of Verulam will visit the centre regularly once it’s opened in order for them to know where they came from and do research on their history,” said Murugan.

Murugan said once the City architects department is satisfied and the building meets the requirements, it will hand over the building to the Department of Libraries and Museums.

Ward councillor Johnson Chetty said: “As the councillor in this area I am happy about this project.

“The municipality must continue keeping this project alive and support it in order to keep the heritage of the people of Verulam alive.”

The Verulam Historical Society will hand over its archives to the library and museums to be displayed at the centre once it’s up and running.

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