The select committee on education and recreation said in a committee report, after a visit to review the Anglo-Boer War Museum in Bloemfontein, that more must be done to make this piece of history part of the school curriculum.
In the report, the Department of Arts and Culture was urged to make sure the museum is classified correctly.
“This will help to stifle perceptions on which it is seen as an exclusive Afrikaner Museum as the trend was among certain population groups in asserting Afrikaner history as their own.”
The purpose of the review visit was to assess transformation at the museum.
According to the committee, there is still a perception that the museum is not accessible to everyone.
The recommendations of the museum include the inclusion and development of a program for social cohesion and also to clearly define the role women played in war.
The committee noted the museum’s clean audit report and the Department of Arts and Culture was told to put pressure on the Treasury that the audit fees be refunded to the museum.
Meanwhile, Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Arts and Culture, in response to a parliamentary question announced it will cost nearly R205 million to evaluate and record the country’s national heritage assets and especially to make the transition to digital asset.
He noted that all the museums for which his department is responsible, have already begun to evaluate assets and to record them.
Minister Mthethwa said that a detailed cost estimate still needs to be done to upgrade security at museums.