Monday, January 24, 2022

Electric fault, smoke force closure of National Museum

An electric fault at the National Museum, resulting in a billow of smoke covering the public galleries, has forced the closure of the museum.  
The Department of National Museum and Monuments, Director Steven Mogotsi revealed in an interview that smoke filled the galleries after an electric fault.
“At the moment we are unable to reveal what could have caused the smoke. But the investigations are on-going. Once investigations are complete we will be in better position to explain,” said Mogotsi.
Mogotsi explained that the fire engines were called in.
He stated that they took a decision to close the public galleries after they were advised that all electrical appliances should be switched off. He said other departments such as the Department of Building and Engineering and Services (DBES) are investigating the incident that led to smoke engulfing the public galleries.
Mogotsi said the public, tour operators and group visits would not be allowed to enter the museum until the investigations were complete.
He said that it was important that an investigation is carried because the electric faults could cause fire and burn all cultural artefacts in the museum. 
“We would have lost since these cultural artefacts are not insured. We have to make sure that a place where we keep our cultural artefacts is safe,” said Mogotsi.
He emphasized that they would speed up the process because the museum was used by many for viewing and research purposes

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