MEC of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde congratulates Cape Town's Zeitz MOCAA, which has just won the award for overall Cultural Destination of the Year in the Leading Cultural Destinations Awards.
The museum, which is just over a year old, also won the award for new culture destination in Africa and the Middle East, while South Africa won for luxury destination of the year.
The awards, dubbed the Oscars of the museum world, celebrates the world's best cultural destinations. The awards were held in London on Friday.
MEC Winde said: "The Zeitz MOCAA is a worthy winner of this award. This museum is unlike anything anywhere in the world and provides a unique focus on African art and celebrates its artists. As a tourist destination, it absolutely cannot be missed and the fact that the jury saw fit to name it as the cultural destination of the year just underlines this."
The awards' shortlist was drawn up earlier this year by a mixed group of experts and taste makers, and the final winners decided on by the awards jury.
The jury is made up of international experts in areas ranging from the visual arts and architecture to gallery curators, designers and art historians.
The museum has racked up several awards since its opening, including the Cultural Architecture category in the ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards; the Best New Public Building in the Wallpaper* Design Awards; and being named as one of TIME magazine's 100 World's Greatest Places of 2018.
Issued by: Western Cape Economic Development and Tourism