Cape of Good hope Castle has no hope

The Cape Town Castle museum is ruined. On heritage day we went to take some photos of what was left of the Castle of Good hope museum and there was not much left.

The entire Anglo Boer war part of the museum actually depicts bushmen and other nations that were the main feature of the Anglo Boer war. The few paintings show no white people, there was one however.

The entire museum and Castle has changed, the beautiful display in the main living area of the Castle is now just a few tables and chairs. The walls are even painted a ugly purple and it seems to the average white guy that the city of Cape Town and the South African government went on a mission to remove anything that might support white heritage in South Africa.

The only thing that really still shows the time and how things might of been is the building which surprisingly has not been turned into a shebeen or a shack.

To put it lightly, the Cape of Good Hope Castle is not Dutch anymore, the original museum is destroyed and there is not much to see.

The DA also talked about two other museums recently

Here is what they had to say:

The annual reports, of two major national museums, Robben Island Museum and the Nelson Mandela Museum, reveal a disconcerting state of affairs at two of South Africa’s major national monuments.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) will be calling the management of these entities to appear before the Portfolio Committee on Arts and Culture to account for these failures, and see proof that problems are being addressed.

The Robben Island Museum has once again received a qualified audit report as a result of fruitless, wasteful and irregular expenditure amounting to over R2-million, and its failure to present a strategic plan to Parliament. The Auditor-General also noted that the museum’s accounting authorities had failed to implement a fraud prevention policy.

The Nelson Mandela Museum’s annual report also revealed irregular expenditure amounting to R8.7-million. An analysis of the irregular expenditure revealed that no contracts were in place for the provision of security and cleaning services, as well as the non-compliance with supply chain and tendering procedures. Although the Museum has since revealed that corrective action is being taken to remedy these failures, it is still astonishing that this world-renowed institution was being managed without adherence to basic financial management procedures.

The DA regards both these museums as enormously important cultural institutions that need to be preserved for future generations. Robben Island in particular, was declared a world heritage site in 1999 and is a popular destination for tourists. Both these institutions are a significant source of revenue generation and employment creation.

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