DURBAN - A striking new R350million museum in Durban has been standing vacant for two years - and eThekwini Municipality says it does not know when it will open.

While the dormant building has raised concerns in council, city officials said they were in search of a new contractor to complete the project. The doors have remained shut, despite the city hosting a launch party in 2017, and the funeral in October last year of architect Rod Choromanski, who designed the museum with Dean Ramlal.

City spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela said the contractor, Elias Mechanicos Building and Civil Engineering Contractors (Pty) Ltd, achieved “practical completion” on November 9, 2016 and then liquidated on October 12, 2017.