Premier Loto and their charity wing, Premier Projects, renovated parts of the museum to help the institution continue its cultural work in the heart of Maputo.
Work included the installation of a new lighting system for outdoor exhibits and repairs to the air conditioning system.
The Fortaleza of Maputo is an important museum for the culture and history of Mozambique. The Fortaleza hosted approximately 25,000 guests last year, which included national and foreign visitors.
The museum is used by many schools. Guests can learn the history of the fort and Mozambique through various activities.
As with many cultural institutions, maintenance has proved difficult. Funding has not been easy to find.
The donation by Premier Loto and Premier Projects was well received by those in charge at the Fortaleza of Maputo.
Professor Doutora Alda Costa of the Fortaleza commented: “Currently, the monument faces additional financing difficulties for its maintenance. These difficulties worsened with COVID-19 and the measures taken that forced the temporary suspension of some activities, spaces that produced revenue and, consequently, the reduction of the visiting public.
“We therefore welcome Premier Loto's willingness to support the Fortaleza by helping it in its mission of preserving and disseminating the cultural heritage and history of Mozambique.”
A spokesman for Premier Projects added: “We are delighted to be able to put our support to the Fortaleza and ensure some of the spaces within the fort can be used to the best of their ability.
“On Victory Day, an important day in Mozambique’s history, it is vital we all remember the history of this nation and continue to give young people the chance to learn their past.”
You can visit the Fortaleza of Maputo at Av. Samora Machel 25 June Place, Maputo 1100 Mozambique. When visiting the fort, please ensure you follow the latest COVID-19 prevention guidelines.
This donation from Premier Projects and Premier Loto follows their gifts of important PPE to health centres in the Matola 2 region.