Background on the institution
DITSONG MUSEUMS OF SOUTH AFRICA is an amalgamation of eight national museums, seven in Tshwane and one in Johannesburg. These museums have diverse collections covering the fields of fauna and flora, palaeontology, military history, cultural history, geology, anthropology and archaeology. The target audience for these museums are children, youth, adults, students, tourists (foreign and local), researchers and the public in general.
Legislative Mandate of DITSONG
The mandate of DITSONG in terms of the Cultural Institutions Act is as follows:
- Collection, conservation and safe management of national heritage collections on behalf of the South African nation.
- Carry out research and publish such information for the cultural, social and economic use locally and internationally.
- Design, implement and manage exhibitions and public programmes with a view to supporting the national educational curriculum, economic development and other socio-economic objectives of the Government.
- Render heritage-based service to other museums (national, provincial, local and private) as well as to individuals and tertiary institutions.
Sustainable museums accessible to all.
To transform and enhance museums and heritage sites as vehicles for nation building and social cohesion through active conservation, innovative research and relevant public programmes for the benefit of present and future generations.