New chair appointed for Robben Island Museum

2020-01-14 06:00
Advocate Michael Masutha

Advocate Michael Masutha

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Former justice minister, Advocate Michael Masutha, has officially been appointed as the council chair for The Robben Island Museum (RIM).

Masutha recently visited Cape Town to meet with the RIM management and company secretary to receive a briefing on various pertinent matters affecting RIM, as well as to undergo an induction as a new council member, at RIM headquarters, together with a recently appointed additional council member to the RIM council, Louisa Mabe.

“I’d like to extend my sincerest gratitude to the Minister of sports, arts and culture, Nathi Mthethwa, for the confidence vested in me to carry the baton of good governance and uphold RIM’s institutional values,” says Masutha.

“A special thank you to the RIM council, collectively, for their support since my appointment as a member and chair; and most importantly, to deputy chair, Khensani Maluleke, for his indelible contribution during his tenure as acting chair.”

In December, the former acting chair assured the public that a process was underway in addressing matters related to the forensic investigation report into the management of RIM, and that an update would be shared this year.

“As I take up the role of RIM chair, I am aware of the various challenges that RIM is confronted with at this stage, and part of my visit is to ensure that the necessary arrangements are made for council, at its earliest opportunity, to consider and deal with some of these challenges and I intend to support RIM’s mission and vision as a national museum and World Heritage Site,” says Masutha.

In addition, the new chair, following consultation with the minister in December, undertook to prioritise consideration of the said report by ensuring that council, at its earliest opportunity, considers and disposes matters arising there from; including the alleged irregularities and malfeasance that the report addresses itself to.

Once council has fully considered the report and deliberated on it accordingly, it would be in a better position to take the public into it’s confidence in response to its findings and recommendations.

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