South African Architecture Sinks in Venice

When visitors and architecture stars from around the world flock into Venice on May 26 for the opening of the prestigious Venice Biennale of Architecture there will not be a South African Pavilion.

That’s because there will not be a South African exhibition this year.

Zimasa Velaphi, spokesperson for the department of arts and culture, confirmed the news this week: “The tender will be cancelled in the government tender bulletin and press [because] the tenders received and evaluated did not adhere to all the policy requirements and a decision was taken not to take part.”

The local architecture fraternity and bidders that City Press spoke to are, however, outraged.