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Jatti Bredekamp retires post as chief executive officer of Iziko Museums

Professor H.C. Bredekamp. Photo: Carina Beyer, Iziko
CAPE TOWN — After eight years at the helm of Iziko Museums of Cape Town, Professor H.C. “Jatti” Bredekamp, the first black CEO of the organisation, has retired as chief executive officer.

Appointed in 2002, during his term Bredekamp was instrumental in securing government commitment and funding for the renovation and upgrade of the National Mutual Building, located on Church Square; earlier this yearthe building was officially launched as the Iziko Social History Centre.

During his tenure Bredenkamp also oversaw the resuscitation of South African National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) following an absence of nearly four decades. South Africa was expelled from ICOM in the mid-1970s, because of the UNESCO cultural boycott against apartheid. Despite attempts to re-establish the ICOM structure in South Africa after 1994, it only materialised in 2006 when Bredekamp was asked by ICOM International to champion the cause from an Iziko perspective. South Africa was readmitted as a member in October 2006.

Bredenkamp’s successor is Rooksana Omar, a former director of the Luthuli Museum in KwaZulu-Natal.

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