The Architectural Competition has been endorsed by the Cape Institute for Architecture. It is a Single stage competition that will require both digital and physical submissions of three A1 posters and a model.
The brief is such that collaborative entries are encouraged. There is no entry fee for the competition.
There will be only one winner announced for the competition and their design will be implemented following Local Authority and Heritage approvals. The construction budget for the memorial is R6 million excl. VAT.
Registration opens: 5th May 2022
Registration closes: 2 June 2022
Competitors notified and Brief uploaded: 9 June 2022
Queries on the brief close: 8 July 2022
Final answers to the queries: 15 July 2022
Submission online and physical submission: 12 August 2022
Competition Announcement: 31 August 2022 and opening of exhibition
To make redress to those men of the South African military labour units who have never been
commemorated by the CWGC by name.
To build a memorial to commemorate the 1666 men of various labour units whose names have been discovered. The number may increase, potentially up to 2500 men, depending on recent discoveries.
To search for those whose names the CWGC don’t have and who remain un-commemorated.
To highlight through national community engagement initiatives the contributions of these military labour units and where possible engage with their families so that we can tell their stories.
To ensure our CWGC records and archives contain the details and stories of these people in perpetuity.
To inspire young people, and communities across South Africa, helping them re-engage with their history.
The competition will be open to all Professional Architects and Senior Architectural Technologists registered with the South African Council for Architectural Professionals (SACAP). Entering Architects, Senior Technologists or their entities shall have a minimum Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Level 4 rating. The competition winners will work in collaboration with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) to develop and complete the chosen design.