Tourism-Hungry South Africa Sees Liberation Struggle Artifacts Gather Dust in Shuttered Museums

Tourism-Hungry South Africa Sees Liberation Struggle Artifacts Gather Dust in Shuttered MuseumsMay 9, 2021

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The Nelson Mandela National Museum in Soweto, South Africa as seen on February 14, 2019. Many of South Africa’s museums have closed because of the lack of tourists in the Covid era. Vladimir Varfolomeev
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Skift Take: At least one of South Africa’s cultural standouts, the Fugard Theatre, closed “permanently,” and elsewhere in the country, beyond the devastating job losses in tourism, thousands of liberation struggle artifacts are at risk because they haven’t been maintained during the Covid era.

— Dennis Schaal

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