The National Museum participated in the Youth Career Expo in Creative Industries which was held at PACOFS on 15 June 2023. Learners from schools in Mangaung and out of school youth participated in the career day. They had the opportunity to learn about different career opportunities within creative industries.
The career day was hosted by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture. Deputy Minister Nocawu Mafu opened the exhibition. She conducted a walkabout of the exhibition and spoke with the exhibitors.
In her keynote address, she said that it was important for young people to remember where they are coming from and where they are going. On the morning of 16 June 1976, between ten and twenty thousand black students walked from their schools to Orlando Stadium in Soweto for a rally to protest about being forced to learn in Afrikaans in their township schools. Many young, fearless leaders were shot & killed by the apartheid police. 1976 lost their youth and they lost their lives for us so that today we can talk about freedom.
The Museum was well represented at the exhibition by the various human and natural science departments. They spoke to the learners and gave them information on museum careers. Both Oliewenhuis Art Museum and ArtBankSA were on hand to represent the creative side and give learners more information about the visual arts.
The Museum’s in house design team were responsible for the creative displays at the exhibition. The Karoo Palaeoentomology Department demonstrated how fossils are prepared and gave information on our fossil heritage in South Africa.