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The Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum can be found in the small township of the same name, about 40 km from Cape Town, on the N2 between Somerset West and Gordon’s Bay.

The Museum demonstrates and teaches us about the horrific living conditions that the migrant labour system imposed on the South African worker by allowing visitors to walk through an original, now restored, historic hostel. Now mostly a residential area, the remaining block was opened as a museum on Workers’ Day in 2000 by poet and ex-resident Sandile Dikeni.

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, providing very basic accommodation with four to six men occupying a small confined space. An entire block would have to share rudimentary ablution facilities. In the 1980s, hostels became even more overcrowded with more families moving up from the rural areas looking for work and facilities were not provided to sustain the increased population.

Lwandle Musuem also details the oppressive Apartheid system of migrant labour and the control of black workers through the infamous pass books. Here visitors can meet members of the community as well as see the whole township on a guided walk.

Things to see and do

  • Labour Hostel
  • Township Guided Tours
  • Apartheid Exhibit
  • Migrant Labour Exhibit

Admission

Guided Tours, R50 per person

Self-Guided, R20 per person

Prices are subject to change, please confirm directly with the Museum

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