Five more museums receive funding from DCAS | Western Cape Government


Five more museums receive funding from DCAS

10 April 2019

Five museums in the Overberg region will be able to continue preserving and sharing South Africa’s history, after over R1.9 million was allocated to them by the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS).

The allocation was announced at a ceremony at the Glaskasteel Sports Complex in Bredasdorp on Tuesday, 9 April 2019. Minister Anroux Marais handed over the cheques to the museum managers.

“Nobody understands the importance of history and heritage more than DCAS. It is for this very reason that the department provides affiliated province-aided and local museums with annual subsidies and grant-in-aid payments,” Minister Marais said.

“This funding is part of our ongoing efforts to promote, transform and highlight the crucial role which heritage and museums play in our communities.  As we ceremoniously present our financial support to museums in the Overberg this evening we create public awareness around our affiliated museums and the important work they do in our communities through the management, preservation, research, education and promotion of museum collections in their care.”

The Overberg museums which received funding were the Caledon Museum, Drostdy Museum in Swellendam, Genadendal Mission Museum, Old Harbour Museum in Hermanus and Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp.

“As we strive for lifelong maximum citizen impact, I take this opportunity to thank our valued partners here today and look forward to strengthening our collaboration to the benefit of all who call the Western Cape home,” Minister Marais added.

Tuesday’s funding ceremony is the second to take place this year. On 4 April over R3 million was handed over to managers of various museums in the Cape Winelands region; including the Huguenot Museum, Montagu Museum, Oude Kerk Volksmuseum, Paarl Museum, Stellenbosch Museum, Togryers Museum, Wellington Museum and Robertson Museum.

DCAS works to help preserve the history and heritage of the Western Cape. BETTER TOGETHER.

Media Enquiries: 
Dr Tania Colyn

Head of Communication Service
Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport
Tel: 021 483 9877 / 076 093 4913