Costs mount as iconic Bay museum remains shut

Shaun Gillham

WALL OF FAME: A section of the Red Location Museum
WALL OF FAME: A section of the Red Location Museum

DESPITE being closed for four months, Nelson Mandela Bay’s iconic apartheid history centrepiece, the Red Location Museum, has cost ratepayers R2.5-million without a single visitor having benefited.

Meanwhile, even before closure, the number of visitors had dwindled from 30000 to 5500 a month, over a five-month period in 2012.

In response to questions tabled by the DA, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality confirmed yesterday that the monthly operating costs of the museum are about R613561.

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4 thoughts on “Costs mount as iconic Bay museum remains shut

  • February 21, 2014 at 9:24 pm
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    If the museum had been built in a place that is easily accessible to all citizens, tourists and visitors it would most likely have been very busy and successful! St Georges Park or the Beachfront would have been better!Money is thrown away with contempt by P.E. Municipality.R61000 for an unused museum ,R92000/month for a person who does not even work! As a poor pensioner I don’t feel like paying rates for these incompetents.I pray that the D.A. will take this city!

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  • February 20, 2014 at 7:33 am
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    i personally think that museums should not be there just to make money. they should be there as an extension of our continued education. whenever i go on holiday i look for the different museums in the area i am in and go and visit, you see and learn a lot from them. it is a pity that more people do not make museums part of their life.as a child and a teenager i spent many a happy hout in our local museum.Dallas

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  • February 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm
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    i have been a facilitator for a well-known NPO in the bay for 2 years and during that 2 year period i have visited the red location museum countless times, taking the students i had for visits to this reminder of our heritage. the first time i walked into the museum and saw the forgotten faces and Vuyisile Mini exhibits i cried. this mesuem holds so much that we as citizens of Port Elizabeth need to see and know about. its a shame that visits to the mesuem have dropped so much and its a shame that its closed. since monthly running costs for this white elephant is at such a high, why doesnt the local government put effort into bringing the meseum back to life. i mean arrange schools trips there, get the tourism board to add the mesuem onto their itinery as a stop for the many tourists that come our way! im sure that this can be made possible and im sure that this way atleast half of the money paid to run the place could now come from paying visitors.

    i promised my family that i would take them to the museum soon not knowing that its been closed and i must say, i am highly disappointed!

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  • February 19, 2014 at 12:51 pm
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    why is the red location museum still closed??? this is costing the people of P.E. R613561 a month for what? do the powers that be think that P.E. has money to burn. who is responsible for this mess??? or has that person died a sudden death.

    what a waste and a shame. we realy, realy need a new gouvernment as tyhis one is making a serious mess and abusing the power they have been given. Dallas

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