Things To Do in LwandleLwandle Migrant Labour Museum
Where? Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum, Old Community Hall, Vulindlela Street, Lwandle
When? Please enquire.
How? Call +27 (0)21 845-6119
How much? Falls into price group R1 to R100 per person. Confirm with the provider.
The Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum is 40 kilometres (30 miles) outside Cape Town. It is a memorial to the system of migrant labour, single sex hostels and the control of black workers through the identity document which controlled the lives of black South Africans under apartheid - the infamous pass book.
The museum reminds residents and visitors of the horrific living conditions that the migrant labour system imposed. Lwandle was established in 1958 with hostel type accommodation for workers in the nearby fruit and canning industry. These hostels were only intended for single men. Hostels provided very basic accommodation with four to six men occupying a small confined space, with an entire block sharing rudimentary ablution facilities. In the 1980s, as the control of the flow of people from rural areas was eased, these hostels became even more overcrowded. Facilities were not provided to sustain the increased population.
The museum is easy to find. It is situated on the N2 outside Somerset West, en route to Hermanus and the Garden Route. At the museum you can learn more about the migrant labour system, walk through an original historic hostel, meet members of the community and view the whole township on a guided walking tour. The Lwandle Township Walking Tour is highly recommended! You will feel comfortable and be safe in good hands whilst meeting very special people.