19 October 2012

New breed of heritage practitioners

By: Zongezile Matshoba

CONGRATS: Luvuyo Mayi holding
his IHRMP Cerificate 
Luvuyo Mayi, renowned for his passion of fossils under the guidance of Dr Billy de Klerk, and Khululwa Gxekwa, a volunteer at Albany Museum, joined over 40 graduates who sang and danced in jubilation after completing the heritage course at Rhodes University recently.

The first ever course in Integrated Heritage Resources Management Practice is a newly formed qualification aimed at speeding the process of unearthing scarce heritage practitioners.

"This has been established to develop professional in the sector," said Professor Heila Lotz-Sistika.

It has been developed by the South African Heritage Resource Agency in conjunction with the university.

Several stakeholders involved in the successful development and implementation of the course also paid tribute to its over 91% success rate.

Xolisile Fina, Provincial Coordinator of the Construction Seta said that the calibre of these cadres show that they are "role models that will be followed by others ... trail blazers that will push boundaries ... first fruits ... the Chosen Ones".

That was further emphasised by Mbhazima Makhubele, a Deputy Director in the national Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), who echoed that they are "heritage practitioners on the ground who will continuously improve their knowledge ...as culture and heritage are at the centre of national agenda".

 Somadoda Fikeni also reaffirmed that the graduates, as master seeds that have been planted, must go and be ambassadors of heritage. Fikeni, the Chairperson of Sahra, was thanking everyone for making the programme a success.

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