Iziko Museums Council Announcement

  • Posted: Dec 14, 2010

The Chairperson of Iziko Museums Council, Advocate Brenda Madumise, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Rooksana Omar as the new Chief Executive Officer of Iziko Museums.

The 12 national museums located in Cape Town were amalgamated under the Iziko banner a decade ago, and have since undergone a significant period of transition. Professor HC (Jatti) Bredekamp, the recently retired CEO of Iziko, served an eight year tenure which commenced in 2002. During his term, Professor Bredekamp established a strong organisational foundation, which will continue to be built upon.

Ms Omar joined Iziko on 1 May 2010 as the CEO (Designate), as she prepared for her new role. Ms Omar is the former Director of the Luthuli Museum, a National Cultural Institution in KwaZulu-Natal. In this capacity, she provided leadership on both a strategic and operational level, successfully delivering relevant and dynamic programmes whilst ensuring strong governance, compliance and unqualified audits.

Ms Omar previously worked in senior leadership roles as the Acting Director of the eThekwini Heritage Department and Director of the Local History Museums, Durban. She is the past President of the SAMA (South African Museums Association), serves as a member of ICOM (International Council of Museums) South Africa’s Executive Board, is currently the 2nd Vice President of the Commonwealth Association of Museums and has a depth of skills, expertise and knowledge, acquired through extensive and diverse experience working in the Heritage Sector for 29 years, since 1981.

The Council of Iziko Museums is confident that with this appointment, Iziko will continue to have both the leadership and the staff to build on its existing strengths and develop in new directions. Ms Omar’s energy and inspiration will enable her to lead and direct Iziko in an exemplary manner and to deliver future sustainability and growth. We are optimistic that our key objectives as a respected national heritage institution, including our strategic focus going forward on making Iziko increasingly accessible to diverse audiences and becoming a heritage destination of choice, will be achieved during her tenure.

IMAGE: Ms Rooksana Omar, the new Chief Executive Officer of Iziko Museums.

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