West Coast museums receive welcome financial boost from DCAS
Museums on the Cape West Coast received a significant financial boost on Wednesday, when a cheque handover ceremony was hosted by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) in Moorreesburg.
Over R217 000 was issued to the Wheat Industry Museum in Moorreesburg, while the SA Fisheries Museum received over R41 000. This enables the museums to continue preserving and sharing South Africa’s history.
Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, delivered the keynote address at the Moorreesburg Town Hall and personally handed over the symbolic cheques to the museum managers. She thanked the staff for their loyal service.
The handover was the fourth of its kind this year, following minister Marais’s budget speech in the Western Cape Parliament.
Cheque handover ceremonies have already taken place in the Cape Winelands, Overberg and Metro regions of the province and well over R6 million in funding has been allocated.
Cape Winelands museums received R3 million in total at a ceremony in Stellenbosch on 4 April. This was allocated to the Huguenot Museum, Montagu Museum, Oude Kerk Volksmuseum, Paarl Museum, Stellenbosch Museum, Togryers Museum, Wellington Museum and Robertson Museum.
Overberg museums received R1.9 million on 9 April during a ceremony at the Glaskasteel Sports Complex. The funds were allocated to the Caledon Museum, Drostdy Museum in Swellendam, Genadendal Mission Museum, Old Harbour Museum in Hermanus and Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp.
A total of over R1.1 million was issued to museums in the Cape Metro on 10 April at Mutual Park in Pinelands. The Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum, the Simon’s Town Museum, the South African Sendinggestig Museum and the Hout Bay Museum received funding.
The Eden and Central Karoo handovers will take place on 25 and 29 April respectively.
DCAS works to help preserve the history and heritage of the Western Cape BETTER TOGETHER.