The Boksburg and East Rand Historical Association, in collaboration with the Boksburg City Improvement Project (CIP), is embarking on a project to renovate the NG Kerk Moedergemeente (Klipkerk) on Voortrekker Street and build a room for a museum on the church’s premises, urging the community to support this initiative aimed at preserving history.
Derek Fox, representing the CIP, envisions the museum holding historical items from the association, including portraits from the 1920s, old mining equipment, books, and Rotary items with a rich history. He believes the Klipker is the ideal museum facility, the second oldest building in Boksburg, set to turn 130 next year.
“It’s a legacy project. The community needs to stand together to ensure history is preserved. Many beautiful old buildings in Boksburg are not maintained,” Fox stressed, highlighting the need for community support.
The entire project is estimated to cost R1.5 million, with R680,000 allocated for the church’s restoration. Fox outlined plans to improve the safety of the building, including erecting palisades and fixing the roof. He urged community members to contribute to conserving history for future generations, highlighting that assistance is vital.
Tess Uren, chairperson of the Boksburg and East Rand Historical Association, expressed excitement about the planned museum, emphasising its long-overdue nature. She highlighted the educational value, with schools and residents able to visit for an enlightening experience, especially for architecture students interested in the church’s construction.
During their monthly meetings at Alan Woodrow Park, Uren underscored the association’s commitment to preserving history and encouraging community involvement and contributions. She sees the museum as a resource for research and a valuable tool for learners working on school projects.
To support their refurbishment mission, stakeholders are hosting a fundraising Christmas market outside the church on December 16 from 10:00 to 16:00, featuring stalls and entertainment by Paul Nissen from Four Jacks and a Jill fame. The event promises great prizes and raffles, contributing to the preservation of Boksburg’s rich history.
For additional information, interested individuals can contact Derek at 082 886 0651.
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