by: Zongezile Matshoba
Makana Municipality has responded positively to the outcry that Albany Museum has been making for a number of years, and exempted it from rates (see Grocott's Mail, 17 May 2011).
Many were starting to worry of the possibility that the museum may have to close down. Out of the little subsidy that the museum gets, over 50% of its operational budget goes to the municipal rates, water and electricity. The rest has to pay telephone accounts, fleet management, buildings maintenance and insurance among other things.
Albany Museums is a non-profit organization. The entrance fee that is charged to visitors is far less that even the money many pay to attend other entertainments like film or music show. Educators, learners, researchers and other communities who come for behind-the-scenes consultation do not pay.
Albany Museum Closure: What would it mean?
Historic museum at risk of closure