Former Trade minister, Neo Moroka, helped to bring back to life the Friends of the Museum with a donation of P1, 000 becoming the first to register for membership of the organisation in its second life.
The museum was established as a private institution administered by a board of trustees in 1967 and the Friends of the Museum came into existence in 1980.
It was financed largely through government grants until 1976 when the government took over.
The museum views as its function “to play a custodial role in the collection, preservation, documentation, protection and promotion of Botswana’s cultural and natural heritage”.
In the past, the Friends of the Museum have helped to build what has now come to be known as “The Little Theatre” which has hosted music concerts, fundraising activities for various organisations, film shows, dinners, theatrical shows and public art exhibitions.
The Friends have also facilitated research in archaeology, history and the natural sciences.
It has also built large collections of works of art, historical, ethnographic and biological artefacts.
Minister Moroka recalled the radio programme, Pitse ya Naga, and encouraged the Friends of the Museum to consider its revival.
Chairperson of the interim committee of The Friends, Thulagaganyo Mogobe, encouraged greater interaction between the museum and the larger community.
“What you may regard as a small contribution may very well be a huge contribution to the development of the museum,” Mogobe said.
Mmoki, Moreri Moreri, implored ministers Moroka and cabinet colleague, Kitso Mokaila, to assist the museum.
The Gaborone Youth Singers brightened up the stage where the Friends of the Museum moved after the official work was done in the exhibition Halls.
The choir recently returned from the Old Mutual-sponsored South African national choir competition, arguably the largest such festival on the continent.
Group coordinator, K. Modiba, found the trip to be a resounding success with the Gaborone Singers taking fifth place in what he refers to as the western style presentation, ostensibly and Italian work.
He believes that the style in which the choir sings was more amenable to concert presentations whereas trends now dictate that material should presented with a ‘show’ in mind.
He gives that reason for the less impressive showing in the African based genre where the Gaborone Singers came 10th.
He says for the first time they were able to attain a percentage score above 60 per cent in the western genre which he considers ‘a major achievement”.
In the build up to the final event of the year, Modiba says that they staged what was called the “Sesigo” concert covering operatic and African presentations culminating in a Marabi.
The final show should come before the end of the year, says Modiba.