Mogale Arts & Heritage Development Company NPC (Mogale Arts) is delighted to announce that it has received funding of R457 220 from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) for its Boekenhoutfontein Old Schoolroom Project.

The purpose of the project is to convert a building at Boekenhoutfontein, historic home of President Paul Kruger, into a venue to be used for the promotion of history tourism in the greater Magaliesberg region. One of the main goals of the project is to create employment opportunities in the tourism sector for previously disadvantaged groups, and most particularly for women and Black people.

The NLC has generously provided Mogale Arts with funding for the following items:

  1. Conversion of the Old Schoolroom into a venue that will accommodate up to 60 people for talks and video presentations about various aspects of the history of the greater Magaliesberg region.
  2. Salaries for qualified staff to complete training manuals and to conduct training of tourist guides from previously disadvantaged groups for history tourism in the region.
  3. Production of booklets, maps and road signage to promote museums, monuments and other historic site in the region. The Old Schoolroom at Boekenhoutfontein.
  4. Erection of a memorial to Emily Back, a young woman who displayed great courage by tending to the wounded during the Battle of Koster River on 22 July 1900.
  5. The NLC has also provided funding to cover various other administrative costs of the project.

The NLC relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act guides the way in which NLC funding may be allocated. The intention of NLC funding is to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable, and to improve the sustainability of the benefit organisations. Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organisations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLC contributes to South Africa’s development.

Mogale Arts is grateful to the NLC for its support, and looks forward to commencing work on the Old Schoolroom project. The Old Schoolroom is located on the property of Kedar Heritage Lodge, which is a very important anchor point for the Magaliesberg Battlefields Tourism Route. The Pieter Kruger House, which is next to the Old schoolroom, is being developed as a museum to speak about Black people, women, children and concentration camps during the South African War.

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