Arts MEC saves Churchill

2011-04-04 00:00

PLANS are afoot to revamp the Winston Churchill Theatre which was allowed to deteriorate due to underfunding by the Msunduzi Municipality. The new lease of life for the city’s once prominent theatre is thanks to KZN MEC for Arts and Culture, Weziwe Thusi.

Thusi in her budget speech last week said a feasibility study had been carried out on renovating the theatre and an application had been made for funds to the National Department of Arts and Culture.

The Arts MEC received accolades from members of the Legislature, including those on the opposition benches for the achievements of her department, despite having a small budget.

In the new financial year the department has launched an ambitious R36 million programme to build more libraries, museums and community art centres.

Libraries are to be supported with more material, especially for distance education at tertiary level. There will be Internet access provided at rural libraries. Thusi said the department intends rolling out a “Gaming and Wii @ Your Library Project”.

“A pilot will be run in 20 libraries targeting those in previously disadvantaged communities; it will serve as a draw-card to non-readers for computer games such as Nintendo, PlayStations, group game playing on a social and competitive format,” she added.

Thusi thanked the MEC for Finance Ina Cronje for providing funding for the construction of new museums at Mpofana and Nkandla and upgrades at Umtshezi, Okhahlambha and Dannhauser. She said there will also be a revamp of museum collections at the Zululand Historical Museum, the Vryheid Museum, Howick Museum and a community museum will be established at Mpophomeni.

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