Last week the National Lotteries Commission participated in a walkabout and tour of the soon-to-be launched Dr Credo Mutwa Library and Museum in Kuruman, Northern Cape Province.
In 2017, the NLC approved funding for the library and museum for the preservation and display of the work of Dr Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, a well-known African healer, shaman and a writer. The establishment will contribute to the documentation and preservation of the indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) of South Africa.
Tuesday’s tour was led by the Department of Arts and Culture and the Department of Trade and Industry, both key stakeholders in the success of this project. It was a visit to assess the state of readiness of the NLC project. The Deputy Ministers of Trade and Industry and Arts and Culture, and NLC Commissioner, Mrs Thabang Mampane were accompanied to the site by the Executive Mayor of the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality, Cllr Sofia Mosikatsi, and all were pleased with the work done. The team then proceeded to the home of Dr Mutwa for a visit.
The museum comes to life through the NLC’s Proactive Funding initiative, which allows the organisation to pro-actively fund worthy good causes that are aligned to broader developmental agenda of the country. An amount of R 19 652 568 was granted to ensure that future generations can access Dr Mutwa’s work, and to uplift the community of Ga-Segonyane, and others in the Kuruman area.
Funding is currently open for qualifying projects nationally to the tune of 1, 6 billion and will close on 30 March 2019. This funding is for the calendar year 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.