On Wednesday, 26 August, Minister Anroux Marais visited the Togryers Museum in Ceres, one of the many museums reopened across the province following national government’s approval of their compliance to the mandatory health protocols now to be instituted.
Joined by Mayor Barnito Klaasen, Minister Marais engaged with Museum Manager, Bertdene Laubscher on their experiences under the lockdown regulations to ascertain how best we can assist in the recovery phase. We were encouraged to hear that although feet through the door have been relatively slow since opening last week, the museum’s conference facility serves as a great hook for attracting new visitors as shared by the staff during our visit yesterday.
Our Provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport has been working around the clock to assist our affiliated museums with compiling the necessary operational plans and provided these museums with the needed PPE to adhere to all health precautions. This was done to ensure that affiliated museums comply with the national regulations and are able to open safely to the public. With some restrictions now relaxed under Alert level 2, we can now safely explore the best the Western Cape has to offer and each do our part to restore the local economy devastated by lockdown regulations.