by Paul Willemburg MPL – DA Spokesperson for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation
It is disappointing that as we mark National Museum Day today, the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation does not have budget allocated for the preservation of our museums and heritage.
Museums play a critical role in educating our people, particularly the youth about past struggles and heritage.
Museums encourage our people to be more tolerant of our diverse cultures in Gauteng.
It is sad that memorial institutions like the Women’s Heritage Memorial in Tshwane is not fully operational while the Boipatong Youth Memorial is only expected to be handed over to the municipality in the 2018/2019 financial year.
The fact that there is no budget allocated for museums and the current public hearings being held on the Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Systems Bill raises concerns as to what plans have been put in place to implement and fund this bill.
This bill, once passed and signed into law will ensure that indigenous knowledge is protected and preserved for generations to come.
The DA believes that the visible representation of our history and heritage, including museums, monuments and memorial buildings is crucial. These institutions are key in preserving our rich history.
We propose that the Gauteng Provincial Government allocate funds for the running and maintenance of these important symbols of our history.