Minister of Arts & Culture, Dr Z. Pallo Jordan Pledges over R160-Million to Make Facilities Accessible for People with Disabilities

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12 Dec 2007

The Ministry of Arts & Culture has pledged R162-million over the next three years to make cultural facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.

The plan was announced by Minister Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan as part of the Government’s plan to improve the plight of people with disabilities.

He said the funds earmarked for the three forthcoming years are R39-million for 2008, R43-million for 2009 and R80-million for 2010.  

“We have detailed information on the provision that has been made for the upgrading of security and access for person with disabilities at the Department’s public entities.

“These would include places like museums, playhouses and other institutions that bring people together to not only enjoy artistic expressions but witness and experience the heritage of our beautiful country,” said Minister Jordan.

In fact, buildings and structures built since 1994 have disabled access, while older ones have had to be renovated and adapted.

At present the Department is in the process of ascertaining the requirements of the Public Entities in terms of security and accessibility.

A service provider will be appointed in the near future to report on the current status.

“The upgrade of security and accessibility for persons with disabilities is a priority to make the arts accessible to all the people of the country,” said Minister Jordan.

Noteworthy is that buildings sponsored by the Ministry, like the Luthuli Museum in Kwa-Dukuza, at 3223 Nokukhanya Luthuli St, KwaZulu-Natal, have disabled access from planning stage.

For further details, call Sandile Memela, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Arts & Culture at 082 800 3750 or Premi Appalraju, Media Liaison Officer at 082 903 6778.