Plans for a new Cape Town museum gather dust

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Plans for a new Cape Town museum gather dust

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\n Aphiwe Deklerk | 2017-01-23 18:17:34.0\n \n \n \n \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n \n\n \n\n\n \n \n

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\n A plan for a new Cape Town museum housed at the city’s oldest building is dead in the water.\n

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Two years ago the Western Cape government announced‚ to much fanfare‚ that the museum would be housed in the 132-year-old Standard Bank Building in Adderley Street.

At its launch‚ the provincial government asked the city’s residents to select content which would go on display as the museum would not have a curator. Instead they planned to appoint a manager to administer the works chosen by the people.

At the time‚ The Times quoted Hannetjie du Preez‚ who was head of cultural affairs for the province’s cultural affairs department. She assured that the museum would not be a “stuffy old” place ”that you may remember from school visits”.

It was billed as a private-public partnership between the provincial government and Standard Bank.

The building was also going to be used as government offices.

Now it has emerged that the parties failed to agree on financial terms according to Byron La Hoe‚ spokesman for the provincial Department of Transport and Public Works.

He told The Times that the issue of maintenance and repairs to the building had become a sticky point.

“The building does not belong to the Western Cape government and anticipated high maintenance cost resulted in any idea of starting a museum being rethought‚” said La Hoe.

Tania Colyn‚ spokesperson for the provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport‚ said they are looking at other venues for the museum.

“There is currently no timeline set to this but we are in the process of developing an online presence for the museum‚” she said.

Erik Larsen‚ Standard Bank spokesman‚ is yet to respond to questions.

-TMG Digital/The Times

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