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Mashatile announces 28 heritage projects

2012-05-03 22:07

Cape Town - The arts and culture department will conduct 28 heritage projects this year to pay tribute to heroes of the anti-apartheid struggle, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile announced on Thursday.

The department would spend more than R40m on initiatives in honour of former ANC president Oliver Tambo, Mashatile told Parliament in the ministry's annual budget speech.

The government would refurbish Tambo's old house in Bizana, in the Eastern Cape, would build a new road to it and would turn the Holy Cross Church in Ngquaza Hill (to which he belonged) into a heritage site.

Mashatile said the Tambo memorials alone should create more than 250 jobs, and a legacy project in honour of the first ANC president, John Langalibalele Dube, launched in Inanda in February, should employ as many.

The Steve Biko Centre in Ginsburg, also in the Eastern Cape, had to date created 609 jobs, he said.

R1bn heritage route project


"We will use heritage infrastructure development as catalysts for local economic development, job creation and nation building."

Mashatile said the department would create another 10 000 job opportunities over the next three years through its public art programme and the establishment of an art bank to procure and curate artwork in public buildings.

These projects formed part of the Mzansi Golden Economy Strategy, which was meant to contribute to the National Growth Path by stimulating local art and craft production.

The memorial projects form part of the government's R1bn heritage route project, which will be completed over the next few years.

It will include the building of museums and historic sites in both rural and urban towns, and is meant to unite South Africans and strengthen the role of arts and culture in the economy.

So far it has seen the graves of PAC leader Robert Sobukwe and activist Helen Joseph declared heritage sites; those of Beyers Naude and Rashima Moosa will follow in coming months.

Comments
  • Bennie - 2012-05-03 22:39

    struggle struggle struggle !!!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-03 23:32

    Right now I think they should rather spend money on the hungry living than the dead. I am quite sure the dead would prefer that the people for whom they struggled had food, somewhere to sleep and good, clean hospitals to go to... Instead of expensive projects that w ill provide only a few jobs as against the millions with no homes and empty tummies. Don't you think?

  • badimo.rasekgala - 2012-05-04 01:02

    who gives a dam about the dam pathetic heritage and history of ppl getting enslaved in their own land just invest in education

      Hermanus - 2012-05-04 04:06

      I agree with you...memorials are just a waste of good money...laying of wreaths ceremonies, changing of street / town names, having old delapidated 'heritage' sites...I mean for pits sake...what the hell!!! in 30 years from now all us old fogies are going to be gone gone gone and who the hell will then give a flying $%^&* about the 'struggle'. Yes I recognise what these people did to free thewmselves from oppression but for pets sake...let it go now. Even America can't rid itself of the ongoing 'slave trade' debacle...damit man enough enough...cant we all just start looking to the future..remember "He who keeps looking back whilst moving forward is bound to trip over themselves in the end".

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-04 09:00

      True Herman. 1 moderate memorial in a country for 1 person is enough. There are hungry and roofless people who are now living. I like the last part of your comment. It is so true.

  • Hermann - 2012-05-04 05:39

    Ah, there they have solved the housing crisis in the country.

  • Jonny Lee - 2012-05-04 06:02

    We all have moved on, why do they need to cling on heritage while the live in modern houses and Ipads and iohones etc? wake up idiots!

  • Theo Ferreira - 2012-05-04 07:25

    I reckon an airport named after him is enough. No need for a road to nowhere. Imagine how wide that road would need to be to accommodate the millions making the pilgrimage to his house each year... Oh... Wait... Thats right, no-one ever goes there.

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-05-04 07:33

    Mors van geld!!!!!!

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-04 07:40

    Why not put people to work in building a new village for the poor and name it after their "struggle" hero. This would be a better way of spending taxpayer money and uplifting a community.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-04 09:02

      What about building them a clinic or a school in his name and maintain the current, maybe gravel, road to it.

  • billidp - 2012-05-04 09:15

    Whilst paying tribute to a country's heroes is the done thing I have to query whether spending R40 million on this is warranted at a time when there are so many other things it could be spent on.... and the creation of 250 jobs does not seem enough to justify it at this stage.

      Hermanus - 2012-05-04 14:47

      billidp, you've got to look at the BROADER picture here...40 million for heritage $ite$ means more need for $ubcontractor$...and of course we know who own$ tho$e $ubcontractor$!!!

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