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Joburg museums decaying, will privatising them create problems?

Mail & Guardian | Steven Sack:

It is generally well known that South Africa’s museums are poorly resourced and inadequately managed. So when one hears that there is a private investor who proposes a takeover of Museum Africa, and that this proposal has begun to acquire some support from the cluster of officials managing investments for the City of Johannesburg, it is time to pay attention.

We all know that Museum Africa in Newtown requires urgent attention. It has multiple heritage collections, many of which were donated to the city by citizens of Johannesburg. It is a large building with serious problems such as rising damp, inadequate staff to care for the collections, and an architectural design that is not helpful for the display of exhibitions and the effective use of the space… Read more

Image: Outside the Museum Africa in Johannesburg (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

2018-10-23T19:29:06+00:00