26 February 2015


The education officer of Albany Museum Ms Nozipho Madinda organised a focus week called Myths and Legends of South African Reptiles. The facilitator of the lesson was Mr Basil Mills of National English Literacy Museum.
Mr Basil Mills speaks with forked tongue; He is a maker of dreams and stories as he told many young people about our colourful continent and our rich heritage of myths and legends of South African reptiles. He gave fascinating facts about these animals, their different senses, teeth, scaly skin, eyes and habits and the strange things that they do to catch prey.

He told them stories of the artist mountain tortoise “uFudo”, the seven headed snake and many other stories to create and engender the sense of care, intrigue and value in caring and protecting our wildlife and resources. He passed down his wisdom about his reptile friends so that his audience would gain respect and knowledge for them, and not fear them.

He also gave reasons why the museum, nature conversations, library and schools are so important to the young folk’s lives today. They were shown aspects of interesting traditions of tribal folks and their lore with their art, sculptures, pottery and basketworks to illustrate the lessons of old  in our vibrate Africa.

Basil encouraged them to read as much as they could and to visit libraries and museums as they are treasure troves of mementos and memories of fact and fiction. Like Rudyard Kipling in “Just So Stories” Basil mesmerised the children with his bi-coloured python and snakes to give them a sense of magic and diversity that is Africa. The lesson was so exciting and interesting to the learners. The Albany Museum Education Department would like to thank Mr  Mills for his wonderful lesson.

13 November 2014


The education officer of Albany Museum Ms Nozipho Madinda organized museum careers day. It was held at Albany Museum, the second oldest museum in South Africa on the 30th October 2014. The purpose of the event was to make the students aware of museum’s careers. These careers are very challenging and there is still need to be transformation of the sector to reflect South African demographics. The museum careers are accessible to everyone.

The following museum careers were presented: Fresh water invertebrates by Dr Helen James, Dr Tshoanelo Miya the Ichthyologist, Ms Phumeza Mntonintshi the Anthropologist, Ms Amy van Wezel the curator of History, and Mr Phumlani Cimi the Botanist. Speakers from different departments implored the pupils in grade 9-11 around Grahamstown, nine schools attended this event. Mr Mbuyiseli Sandi the education senior specialist from the Department of Education and Mr Mark Mandita the education officer from the Amathole Museum spoke about the importance of education and museums in our community.

The marimba band of Graeme College and Ntaba Maria traditional dancers entertained the attendees. The education department of Albany Museum would like to thank the presenters for their wonderful presentations. Once again I would like to thank the National Lotteries our funder, this event was successful because of National Lotteries. The education department of Albany Museum would like to express sincere gratitude to all museum staff for assisting during this event.

02 October 2014


The Albany Museum Education Department has selected four learners to attend Robben Island Spring School and two learners to attend Nelson Mandela Winter School Camp to be held at Nelson Mandela Museum Youth and Heritage Centre. The Robben Island Spring School will start on the 3rd to the 10th of October 2014 whereas the Nelson Mandela Winter School Camp will start on the 5th to the 11th of October 2014. The Winter School Camp takes place each year during winter vacation which is usually between the month of June or July this year; it was postponed to summer school vacation in the month of October.

The Albany Museum education officer Ms Nozipho Madinda is conducting these programmes because Albany Museum, Robben Island Museum and Nelson Mandela Museum are partners. The education officer of Amathole Museum education officer Mr Mark Manditha will also take part in the Robben Island Spring School.

These programmes are enriching the learners. These educational programmes provide creative, exciting, fun and challenging environment for social and personal growth. And also give youth a first rate learning experience in dealing with human rights and responsibilities. These educational programmes are also providing opportunity to young participants and their educators to explore and engage in issues of culture and heritage. The theme for Robben Island Spring School 2014 is “20 years of Democracy-Youth in Conversation about Political Violence”. The theme for Nelson Mandela Winter School is “Celebrating Nelson Mandela’s legacy to empower youth”.

 The following learners will attend Robben Island Spring School:
ü         Mfengwana Nelisa Gr11 – Nombulelo High school
ü        Khaya Ngqokoqhwane Gr11- Kuyasa Combined School
ü  Simnikiwe Mini Gr9 – Raymond Mhlaba High
ü  Yamkela Jacobs Gr11 – Hector Peterson High

Nelson Mandela Winter School learners:
ü  Mzukisi Mntumni Gr 11 – T.E.M  Mrwetyana Secondary School
ü         Lian May Gr11 – Mary Waters High School

01 October 2014


The Albany Museum  Education Officer Mrs Nozipho Madinda and Albany Museum staff were attended three heritage day events to the following places Grahamstown Police Station, Department of Sport Recreation Arts & Culture  provincial event at Motherwell stadium and the last one was at Humansdorp at Kouga Cultural Centre.

Those three events were successful. Speeches were given, cultural dances and different kinds of foods that is cultural food were cooked for example umngqusho, isigwamba, ulusu nerostile. Heritage Day is the day that all people celebrate their cultures in different ways.

In the provincial event all the departments were exhibited. The Albany Museum exhibitions were the most attractive exhibition. The artefacts and banners of Albany Museum were different from other stalls. The education officer of Albany Museum was busy explaining the exhibition to the visitors.

I would like to thank the exhibitions officer Mr Paulas Janse, the maintenance officer Mr Heine Kohl for their assistance and the Albany Museum staff as a whole for their cooperation.


05 August 2014


Albany Museum through its Education Department and Mobile Services once again brought smiles and relief during Mandela Day. The HOD of the Education Department Mrs Nozipho Madinda invited Sakhingomso pre-school, Shaw hall, NV Cewu primary and Samuel Ntsiko Primary. Mandela has spent 27 years in prison fighting for freedom for all and dedicated 67 years of his life in the struggle for humanity.Such change no matter how little it is does not really need money, but skills and innovation especially for educators and learners.


The Albany Museum staff presented topics about their departments. The departments such as Geology, Entomology, History, Visitors Service, Fresh Water Invertebrates and Anthropology. The motivational speaker for the day was Mr Sizwe Bethela the deputy chief education specialist (DCES) of the department of education. He emphasized on changing the lives of the people in our communities.  Songs and poems about Mandela everyone singing and clapping endlessly.

09 June 2014


On the 29th of May 2014 the HOD of Albany Museum Education department   Mrs Nozipho Madinda donated with photocopier and books at Carlisle Bridge farm school. She was accompanied by the museum staff.  Carlisle Bridge farm school is one of the previous disadvantage schools even though it is among the most performing school with many learners.

The principal of the school Mrs Thozama Shwempe was so excited and thanked the Albany Museum for the donation and also the DCES Mr Sizwe Bethela had a word of thanks for the wonderful donation. He encouraged the learners to visit the museum because the museum has the resources and education programmes.


The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture in partnership with the Albany Museum was celebrating International Museums Day at Albany Museum. Guided by the theme   “Museum Collections Make Connections”. The commemoration and the collaboration of the International Museums Day (IMD) is an annual event that began in 1977. Since then 18 May of every year, museums all over the world create awareness about their function, vision and mission, take time to make with the public on a more personal level and also make a concerted effort to introduce their museum collections to communities. The core functions of the museum are to research, exhibit and educate.

The aims of the programme are to expose the learners, especially those from previously disadvantaged communities to museums its role and importance as a learning institution. Our focus this year is to take the  schools from Ndlambe local municipality to visit the museum. The learners from the following schools, Kuyasa Primary, Nomzamo High, Velile High, Nompucuko Combined, Ukhanyo High and Ikamvalesizwe High attended the event. We took them to the following  research departments Anthropology,Fresh water Invertebrates and Archaeology to see the museum collections.The learners wrote an essay about   “Museums Collections Make Connections”. The first prize won by the learner that came from Velile High, the second prize of a digital camera won by the learner came from Nomzamo High and also the third prize won by a learner that came from Nomzamo High and it was a parker pen. It was an exciting competition. 

The leaner from Velile High represented the Cacadu District in the Provincial International Museums Day it was held at Adelaide on the 27 May 2014. I would like to thank our new MEC of department of sport recreation arts and culture Mrs Penny Majodina and the Senior Manager, Museums and Heritage Mr Similo Grootboom for their wonderful speeches. And also I would like to spread my sincere gratitude to my guest speakers and the Albany Museum staff during IMD at Albany Museum. The event was organised by the education officer of Albany Museum Mrs Nozipho Madinda and Mr Zandisile Sakata of Cacadu District Museums and Heritage.

speakers and the Albany Museum staff during IMD at Albany Museum.