2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


CAPE TOWN MUSEUMS FINALLY ACCEPT 
THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA

STATEMENT ISSUED BY NOKUZOLA MNDENDE, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR ARTS, CULTURE, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

The latest edition of Zanazo, Museums of Cape Town Newsletter, containing a message from the new CEO, Jack Lohman, reflects the dawning of a new and promising era in the administration of Cape Town's cultural and historical heritage.

The Museums of Cape Town are a special passion of mine. Sadly, I have in the past, along with many other people, encountered a museum environment far removed from reality. Personally I have campaigned, even in the National Assembly, regarding the way in which African cultural displays were relegated to the natural history museum along with animal exhibits, away from European and other cultural exhibits at the cultural history museum.

The message from the new CEO reflects a realisation that 6 whole years after our liberation we are, in all our rich diversity, part of one nation. This welcome realisation is borne out in the format of the newsletter giving equal space to each of the official languages of our province.

I am especially struck by the insights of Mr Lohman into the future survival of Cape Town Museums. It is indisputable that our museums face great challenges to survive into the future whilst capturing the many colourful facets of this Rainbow Nation.

One can only hope that this vision and realism will affect the appointments of staff and managers to the Museums of Cape Town. In such a way it will be possible to balance the need for representivity with that of merit.

Mr Lohman confirms the UDM's founding principle that, our rich diversity is not an obstacle, but a huge source of creative energy that can be unleashed for the benefit of all.

Enquiries:
Ms Nokuzola Mndende, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Arts, Culture, Science and Technology

Cape Town
25 August 2000