The National Department of Arts and Culture has allocated R168 million for the construction of the Sarah Baartman Centre of Remembrance at Hankey during the next financial year.
The memorandum with the depart-ment’s budget also reveals that the new English Literary Museum in Grahamstown will be completed in 2013/4.
Planning on the new museum started in 2008/09.
The Sarah Baartman Centre is to be developed on 80 hectares of land adjacent to her graveside.
Speaking at the launch of the architectural competition for the project in 2009, then Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan said the Centre would be “a multi-purpose space of national significance” and “the gateway into the Baviaanskloof” so assisting with the promotion of Kouga as a tourist destination.
Jordan said the Centre would include a library, exhibition spaces and an indigenous plant garden and nursery.
The garden and nursery, he suggested, could serve “as a very useful research facility as well as to uncover the hidden aspects of the Khoekhoe indigenous knowledge, while classifying, cataloguing and creating a modern data base and audit of cures, medicinal plants and other indigenous species”.
Jordan said the Sarah Baartman Centre of Remembrance would be linked to the development of the Khoisan Heritage Route which would be a nationwide project.
Several sites were under considera-tion, he added, including Adam Kok’s grave in Griqualand.