Free Entry to 17 Museums for the Vaccinated Over Long Weekend, SA Not Swayed

Free Entry to 17 Museums for the Vaccinated Over Long Weekend, SA Not Swayed

  • The Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport has promised free access to 17 museums in the province over the Heritage Day long weekend
  • The offer is only available to fully and partially vaccinated people, who will need to produce their vaccination cards to gain admission
  • Social media users were quick to react to the announcement, with many stating they weren't fazed by the move to dangle the carrot

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In a stunning revelation by the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS), fully and partially vaccinated people will be granted free access at 17 affiliated museums over the Heritage Day long weekend.

Anroux Marais, the province's cultural affairs and sports minister, announced that affiliated museums will grant access to the facilities based on visitors presenting their vaccination cards.

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A total of 17 museums in the Western Cape will allow free access to vaccinated people. Image: Essdras M Suarez/ The Boston Globe.
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In all, 17 museums will open their doors to the vaccinated public. The museums are scattered across the province, including popular heritage museums such as the Bartolomeu Dias Museum in Mossel Bay, the Beaufort West Museum and CP Nel Museum in Oudtshoorn.

Drostdy Museum in Swellendam and the Genadendal Museum have also joined the party, TimesLIVE reported.

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Marais, who is appealing to the public to get vaccinated as soon as possible, said the move is to encourage more people to queue up for the vaccine, and in the process, achieve herd immunity.

In the name of promoting heritage

“Visitors usually pay to access our museums across the province, but to encourage all to get vaccinated, we are waiving this fee to increase our vaccination numbers," explained Marais.
"We also want to promote our affiliated museums as we [continually to work to] contain, adapt and recover in the province,” said Marais.

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Although the Western Cape hopes to promote its affiliated museums, Marais said it will also commemorate South Africa's rich cultural heritage.

Social media users were quick to react to the announcement, with many stating they weren't fazed by the apparent dangling of the carrot.

Mzansi not swayed by promise of free entry

Briefly News dived into the comments to bring readers the reactions.

@NgovSir said:

"Here we go doing what we do best, CoCT."

@KwaziChris1 wrote:

"Even if you promise heaven, I won't."

@sabza1_za shared:

"Try all tricks you want, we just not gonna vaccinate trust me."

@mikecarver17 observed:

"Coercion....we see you CoCT and @Our_DA!"

You might be able to get vaccinated at a nightclub in the Western Cape

In related news, Briefly News previously reported that since coronavirus vaccination for all adults opened up on Friday, 20 August, health officials have come up with different and creative ideas to attract young people in their numbers.

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Young people in Western Cape might soon be able to get their coronavirus jab at a nightclub, according to Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo of the Western Cape.

"I'm not joking when I say I will go to the clubs, Long Street and find you and bring the jab if need be," said Mbombo.

According to a report by OFM, Mbombo is calling the initiative ‘a jab before you jol’ that will give young South Africans the opportunity to get their Covid-19 vaccine before getting entering nightclubs in the province.


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