All aboard for museum plan

Yoliswa Sobuwa

AFTER just four months as curator of Uitenhage’s three state-owned museums, Balise Mvoko is still the proverbial “new broom sweeping clean”.

Mvoko and her team are planning to rejuvenate the old railway station in Market Street into what she says will be a much-needed tourist attraction for the town.

An amount of R450000 has already been secured over the next two years from the Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, but that is a far cry from what is needed to renovate the station, opened in 1875.

“We are calling on the public to help us restore this Gothic-style building. It is unique and special as a relic of the golden age of steam-train heritage in South Africa. But its value has deteriorated due to lack of funding.The weather has also severely affected the locomotives and carriages. Mvoko said.

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