ISSUED BY NOKUZOLA MNDENDE, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR ARTS, CULTURE, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
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
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.
Ms Nokuzola Mndende, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Arts, Culture, Science and Technology
25 August 2000