Burglary at Museum Africa leads to flooding, security to be beefed up
A burglary at the Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg, has led to flooding and damage to exhibits, including the hip hop music exhibits, after water pipes were broken.
MMC for community development Margaret Arnolds said there were internal processes underway to assess the damage to the facility.
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SO MUSEUM AFRICA WAS BROKEN INTO SOMETIME IN THE WEEKEND AS RESULT THEY BROKE SOME PIPES AND NOW THE SOUTH AFRICAN HIP HOP MUSEUM HAS FLOODED AND DESTROYED..YOU GOTS TO LOVE HOW LIFE ALWAYS THROWS TESTS AT YA..WE SMILE WITH OUR MOPS AND CLEAN UP..AND REBUILD WITH A SMILE...MAYBE @sportartsculturersa @gautengsacr @mbalihlophe @nathimthethwa_sa @geoffmakhubo MAYBE OUR ARTS INSTITUTIONS CAN JUMP IN TO ASSIST..3 YEARS OF WORK DESTROYED.. #SAHIPHOPMUSEUM #SAHIPHOPHISTORY
Museum Africa is home to the largest collection of archive photos of greater JHB – these are largely undigitised, only accessible in person, managed by an increasingly dwindling staff, stored in a basement... I am really worried that these were affected by the flooding.— Dr N. Brodie נחמה (@brodiegal) November 3, 2020
Arnolds said the museum is one of the “flagship” institutions of the city tasked with the “protection, preservation and promotion” of heritage in the country and continent.
She said the city is in the process of “beefing up” security at facilities to avoid burglaries and vandalism.
“I am disturbed by these criminal acts which are undermining service delivery. There are elements who have no regard for the important of heritage institutions.
“These acts come at a great cost to service delivery as resources have to be redirected for repairs, maintenance and security that would have assisted with other programmes.”