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Afrikaanse Taalmuseum says it is committed to transformation program

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The museum has recently been in the limelight after Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa faced opposition over a proposal to drop the word “Afrikaans” from its name.

Photo: Afrikaans Taalmuseum/Facebook.

CAPE TOWN – The Afrikaanse Taalmuseum in the Western Cape said on Friday it was committed to an inclusive storytelling about the monument and its history.

The museum has recently been in the limelight after Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa faced opposition over a proposal to drop the word “Afrikaans” from its name.

The museum’s board and management briefed parliament on its annual report on Friday and no mention was made of Mthethwa’s controversial suggestion.

The museum’s board and management have said they want to rectify misconceptions about the Afrikaans language and symbolism of the monument on the slopes of Paarl Mountain.

Museum director Michael Jonas said that before the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum received up to 80,000 visitors a year.

“We need to include progress made since 1975, we know Afrikaans is a controversial language, with a lot of baggage, but it’s exactly part of a narrative to have an inclusive narrative that deals with the history of the institution and Afrikaans as a whole.”

Board member Logan Munsamy said the museum is committed to the transformation program.

“We have responded appropriately through a statement to the media to correct the wrong thinking on the part of conservative Afrikaans communities.”

The council said that while there were still many challenges to overcome, it would assure lawmakers that it was making progress in dispelling negative connotations about the Afrikaans language.