Some of the driving considerations of the project were the preservation and celebration of heritage, the promotion of education, community development, tourism growth, the promotion of careers in the heritage sector, job creation through the empowerment of local entrepreneurs, artists and crafters, and nation building. In light of this, Totem Media developed a heritage workers' training programme specific to the needs of the Moruleng Cultural Precinct. We also developed a digital archive that will be managed by the Mphebatho Museum and ultimately housed in their New Library and Archive. Construction of the Library and Archive will begin on completion of this current phase of the Moruleng Cultural Precinct.
The precinct is close to completion, as recent photographs testify:
The old Dutch Reformed Mission Church. It has been lovingly restored and now houses an exhibition that focuses on how the
Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela were influenced by, and responded to, colonisation and Christian missionary teaching. It also serves as a community centre.
The interior of the newly renovated Dutch Reformed Mission Church
The rear of the precinct as seen from the Mphebatho Museum
A sample of the exhibition