28 October 2011

Archaeology giant to rule the road

By: Zongezile Matshoba

The Museum’s Archaeology newly acquired Isuzu 4 x 4 has come at a right time with Celeste Booth, the Assistant Curator itching to traverse those unchallenged territories. The Archeology department is deeply involved in Stone Age and pre-colonial history research, rock art and is leading the environmental impact assessments in the Eastern Cape.

Just like a new born’s baby shower, a welcoming get together on Friday between the Museum and Kenrich GM Motors in Grahamstown welcomed the ongoing strong ties. The car dealer has been supplying the Museum with some of the fleet, while the rest came from Toyota. Champagne popped all over, snacks and drinks were in abundant, but presents were the only missing link. Why? It was not the birth of a baby, but that of a giant ready to race hundreds of kilometres.

Dr Billy de Klerk, Curator of Paleontology department thanked Dr Johan Binneman, the Curator and Head of the Museum’s Archaeology Department, for raising such funds all these years, thereby contributing to the depleting Albany Museum fleet.

Museums are non-profit in nature, and have to raise their own money to buy cars. They are not even furnished with government’s fleet that the various government departments enjoy provincially and nationally.

The bakkie is well branded with both the Museum and car dealer’s signage clearly visible even at a distance. The branding has been designed by Thabang Tshobeni, the Museum’s Exhibition Officer.

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