Iziko has three operational units, namely Core Functions,Operations and the Department of Institutional Advancement in the office of the CEO.
Core Functions includes Natural History Collections, Social History Collections, Art Collections, Education & Public Programmes and Exhibitions.
Operations include Finance & Administration, Customer Services, Facilities Management and Human Resources.
Institutional Advancement is responsible for fundraising and the management of the organisations’ Marketing and Communications.
Natural History Collection
The Natural History Collections Department is located mainly in the South African Museum where it is responsible for all animal and fossil research collections. Our main collection strengths are: marine invertebrates and fishes, insects (particularly ants, bees and wasps), vertebrate osteology, Karoo mammal-like reptile fossils, fossil ammonites, and Cenozoic fossils from the West Coast Fossil Park. Speciality areas of our scientists include ants, parasitic wasps, sharks and rays, cephalopod molluscs, ammonite fossils, palaeoecology of Gondwana, and the reconstruction of past environments from the analysis of micromammals in owl pellets.
Dr Hamish Robertson
Director: Natural History Collections
Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3897
Social History Collections
The Social History Collections Department encompasses the cultural heritage of South Africa past and present. It holds significant collections in pre-colonial, maritime and colonial archaeology, southern African material culture and colonial history, as well as international and contemporary collections. It is responsible for some of the most significant historical sites in Cape Town, including the former VOC Slave Lodge. The Department focuses on interpreting, conserving and managing these heritage resources to engage, educate and inspire diverse audiences. It is committed to researching and developing exhibitions and public programmes that uncover formerly untold histories and include the lives of ordinary people.
Dr Lalou Meltzer
Director: Social History Collections
Tel: +27 (0)21 467 7218
The South African National Gallery, the country’s premier art museum, houses outstanding collections of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. Temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, new media, sculpture, beadwork and textiles from the Permanent Collection are presented regularly. They provide insight into the range of aesthetic production in South Africa, the African continent and further afield.
The Michaelis Collection is housed in the Old Town House on Greenmarket Square. It comprises a world-renowned collection of Netherlandish art from the 17th Century.
Mr Riason Naidoo
Director: Art Collections
Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3974
Education and Public Programmes
The Education and Public Programmes Department promotes education by facilitating public access to our Collections and museum sites. We support exhibitions with education programmes and tours, learning support material and public programmes.
We operate resource centres, including the Planetarium, that are unique spaces for learning about our diverse heritage. As part of our commitment to audience development and community outreach, we frequently present community-based programmes or produce learning resources for use in communities and classrooms.
Dr Wayne Alexander
Director: Education and Public Programmes
Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3813
We develop exhibitions in collaboration with our Collections divisions and through public partnerships with other institutions and interest groups.
The Institutional Advancement Department of Iziko develops public awareness of Iziko Museums as a brand denoting African museums of excellence. We encourage the public to visit our museums and to celebrate with us South Africa’s diverse heritage.
The Marketing unit strives to:
- increase visitor numbers to Iziko through dissemination of information, through special events and publications, and by forging partnerships with educational and entertainment organisations;
- determine visitor needs and to utilise this information to ensure that Iziko Museums provide an exciting and relevant learning experience for all visitors; and
- generate funds through venue hire and by procuring corporate sponsorship generate interest in Iziko through publicity and media cooperation.
The Communications and Publications unit manages internal and external communications and produces Iziko’s corporate and marketing publications. It also manages copyright, the website, and Iziko’s internal printing and binding services.
Finance and Administration
The Finance and Administration Department is a service and support unit that empowers and adds value in meeting and exceeding the expectations of internal and external customers through a highly committed and competent team. The department is responsible for the financial management of Iziko. This incorporates the principal areas of financial management including accounting, procurement and asset management.
The Customer Services Department covers the day to day operations at our fourteen sites, including the duties of front of house, security, and cleaning staff, and general upkeep. It assists Finance & Administration by collecting gate income, and assists with the functions and events organised by Institutional Advancement.
The Human Resources Department manages the payroll as well as the following Human Resources functions:
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Workplace Relations
- Learning and Development Programme