Local heritage rooted in Hostel 33

2018-09-27 06:02
Hostel 33 in Lwandle was officially declared a Heritage Site on Monday 24 September.

Hostel 33 in Lwandle was officially declared a Heritage Site on Monday 24 September.

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Hostel 33 in Lwandle was officially declared a heritage site on Monday 24 September by the MEC of Cultural Affairs and Sport Anroux Marais and Western Cape Heritage CEO Dr Mxolisi Dlamuka, who emphasised the importance of the museum telling the history of the people subjected to evictions in the 1950s and 1960s.

“The Western Cape Government celebrates diversity. We believe that different cultures unite to create a better province,” Dlamuka said.

Museum board member Siboniwe Tyeku said that since its inception 18 years ago the museum has become a very important part of the community.

She also encouraged the youth of the community to learn about the history of the place they come from.

MEC Marais thanked all the role-players involved in ensuring the declaration of the site.

She said: “Together with the expert assistance of Heritage Western Cape and the City of Cape Town’s facilitation, the historical significance and the representative and symbolic nature of Hostel 33 is now officially acknowledged, and will rightfully be promoted in the public domain as a Provincial Heritage Site.”

Provincial heritage site status will communicate clearly and definitively that the heritage community and agencies consider this site a major and important heritage asset that warrants serious and focused conservation attention from all parties.

Provincial heritage site status immediately provides the full protection to these sites described in the National Heritage Resources Act (1999).

The Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum is the only museum dedicated to the memorialization of migrant labour in the country.

Initially the intention of the museum and its chief exhibit Hostel 33, was to preserve, restore and interpret the only remaining migrant labour hostel in Lwandle - Hostel 33.

Hostel 33 was restored to be an integral part of the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum and its activities – as a site for visitors, as an educational resource and as memorial to the migrant labour system which underpinned the existence of Lwandle.

The hostel is the only hostel in the area that has been left in its original form.

Masa Soko, manager at Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum, was quoted in a City Vision article of 23 August saying the declaration will lead to the museum not being seen as an “ordinary museum” but as a one of importance in the province as, uniquely, it speaks about the life of hostel people.

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