How To Establish A Cultural Village

How To Establish A Cultural Village


A cultural village is an area which is set aside to depict the lifestyles, activities and artefacts of a particular culture, usually in the format of a living museum.



Space and Infrastructure

Approach TKZN to guide you on the amount of space needed for the envisaged buildings and visitor facilities. Establish from the Local or District Municipality if potable water, power and adequate road access are available for the chosen site.


The following questions should be considered:

•   If people are going to arrive in their own transport, is there parking for the number of visitors you envisage?

•  Is there public transport to the site and is there parking for tour buses and the like?

Amenity Value

The following questions should be considered:

•  Does the attractiveness of the surrounding area enhance the value of the site for visitors?

•  Is the site free from unpleasant odours?



The following questions should be considered:

•  Is the site easy to find for people using their own transport or public transport?

•  Is the site within reasonable distance of main roads frequented by tourists?

•  The District Municipality and the Department of Transport have controls for the erection of any signs. Permission

   must be obtained from the Department of Transport to construct new access points onto main roads.



•  Land  Use  Zoning  –  Approach  the  Department  of  Local  Government  and  Housing  and  the  Local  or  District

   Municipality about any special environmental, mining or other zones that could conflict with the intended use;

•  If liquor is to be sold on the establishment, application must be made to the Liquor Board for a liquor licence in terms of the Liquor Act (27    of 1989). For further information on the application for and issue of licences, consult the Liquor Act, a copy of which may be obtained from    the Liquor Board at the Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism;

•  Regulations and By-Laws – Approach the District Municipality for guidelines on fire risk to ensure that you have adequate fire control      equipment and arrangements. Approach the District Municipality to ensure that your plans comply with their regulations on water,  electricity, sewerage, noise and the like;

•  Other Legal Requirements – Since a cultural village may be operated by a Community Trust or Section

   21 Company, it should be negotiated with the Local Municipality whether levies (on turnover) must be paid;

•  Policy – TKZN and the Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism should be consulted for updates on policy.



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