Polokwane Municipality intends to spend an amount of R850 000 on the revamp of the Bakone Malapa Open Air Museum during the last quarter of the current financial year.
The upgrading and renovation of the facilities will not only make it more user friendly for visitors, but will also protect its heritage resources.
According to acting Communications and Marketing Manager of the municipality, Matshidiso Mothapo, physical work on the project will start soon and further funds will be allocated for the completion of the project during the next financial year that starts on 1 July.
“The project will include the refurbishing of the toilets at the entrance to the museum and a paraplegic toilet will be provided. A suspended boardwalk will run through the archaeological site within the museum to ensure the protection of the archaeological resources. Currently visitors just walk over these resources and in the long run erosion will expose the archaeological material and will lead to them being damaged,” Mothapo explains.
The floor of the reception hall and braai lapas will be upgraded and proper signage will direct visitors to the relevant areas and points of interest.
Story & photo: BARRY VILJOEN