News24.com | Robben Island Museum loses greater than 90% of holiday makers as a result of Covid-19, cuts bursary funding

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  • After recording a greater than 90% drop in customer numbers in the course of the 2020/2021 vacation season, the Robben Island Museum has suspended its annual bursary fund for the present tutorial yr.
  • The museum introduced this in a press release on Friday, attributing the sharp decline within the variety of much-needed guests as a result of influence of Covid-19.
  • Through the years, the museum has been funding college students learning within the fields of museums and heritage in addition to social science and historical past.

After recording a greater than 90% drop in customer numbers in throughout 2020/2021 vacation season, the Robben Island Museum (RIM) has suspended its annual bursary fund for the present tutorial yr.

The museum introduced this in a press release on Friday, attributing the sharp decline within the quantity of much-needed guests as a result of influence of Covid-19.

Through the years, the museum has been funding college students learning within the fields of museums and heritage in addition to social science and historical past.

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RIM chief monetary officer Blayne Crocker stated: “Covid-19 and the associated financial onslaught have positioned us in an unprecedented monetary scenario, the place our most urgent problem is our short-term sustainability. We’ll subsequently not be contemplating bursary purposes for 2021.”

RIM would proceed to discover methods to draw guests, significantly home travellers and seemed ahead to being ready to fund training in South Africa for the following tutorial yr, stated Siphuxolo Mazwi, its senior supervisor for advertising and tourism.

“We imagine that RIM will survive the financial influence of this pandemic that has wreaked havoc within the tourism sector, destroying each lives and livelihoods,” Mazwi added.

Crocker stated: “Former political prisoners described Robben Island because the ‘College of Life’, for it’s right here the place methods for a future society primarily based on tolerance, respect and non-racialism have been nurtured. Emphasis was positioned on training [academic and political], sturdy debate and lifelong studying as important instruments within the battle for justice.”


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