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“Letters for Lulu / Postcards for Paul” 2010
On Sunday 31 October 2010, President Zuma reshuffled his cabinet. Paul Mashatile has replaced Lulu Xingwana as Minister of Arts and Culture. So halfway through our campaign, “Letters for Lulu” has become “Postcards for Paul”!
In 2009 the Archival platform initiated â€œLetters for Luluâ€ (in the spirit of the popular â€œtips for Trevorâ€ campaign), calling to write letters to Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana highlighting problems in the South African heritage and archives sector. A number of letters were received and handed to the Minister . See The Ministers response, and our reply.
In August 2010 the Department of Arts and Culture published a call for expressions of interest from suitably qualified interest from suitably qualified and experienced individuals to sit on a Panel of Experts to draft a national museums policy framework, noting that the national museums policy framework will not apply just to government funded museums, but the whole country, people with expertise relating to community museums and private sector museums were urged to apply.
So, this year weâ€™re inviting you to write a postcard, rather than a whole letter, drawing the Ministers attention to issues that should be addressed in the national museums policy framework. In thinking about his, you may want to alert the Minister to the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities or threats of the sector or offer an innovative suggestion to address the challenges confronting museums.
You may submit your postcard, just a paragraph or two, in three ways. You can either write a comment in the box below, or send an email to the Director of the Archival Platform, All suggestions sent to us electronically will be printed onto the postcards, left, and handed to the Minister.
We know that people may prefer, for many reasons not to use their actual names on a postcard. Please sign your contributions with the name or designation youâ€™d like to use, e.g. SAMA Conference delegate, or museum professional, Mpumalanga, if youâ€™d prefer that we donâ€™t use your name on the submission.
While the Archival Platform is not officially in a position to advise the Minister on policy, we are all, as members of civil society, in a hard won democracy, entitled to express our views constructively thatâ€™s what good citizens do, itâ€™s our right and our duty!