Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum, Somerset West  
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Walk through an original historic migrant labour hostel. The only preserved hostel in the Wesrtern Cape, Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum 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.

With the onset of democracy in South Africa, the ANC led government turned the hostels of Lwandle into family type accommodation. Residents of the area felt that at least one hostel should be preserved to sustain a memory of how the system of apartheid had operated and decided to establish a museum. On Workers Day (1 May) 2000 the museum was officially opened by the poet and ex-Lwandle resident, Sandile Dikeni. The museum's exhibits commemorate the trials, tribulations and triumphs of migrant workers and hostel life in Southern Africa. Here 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 walk.

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*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Chelaya Country Lodge

Sleeps 71 Somerset West Country House in Somerset West
1.01km from Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

Situated in the seaside suburb of Somerset West in Cape Town, Chelaya Country Lodge offers an idylli...

from R850
1 night, 2 adults

The Monkey Town Manor House

Sleeps 8 Somerset West Guest House in Somerset West
1.38km from Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

Monkey Town Manor House overlooks the magnificent gardens of the property stretching over five hecta...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Hoogeind Manor

Sleeps 12 Somerset West Guest House, Somerset West Self-catering in Somerset West
1.46km from Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

Hoogeind Manor is situated just outside Somerset West, only 30 minutes drive from Cape Town Internat...

from R1000
1 night, 2 adults

Capelands Wine Estate

Sleeps 8 Somerset West Bed and Breakfast in Somerset West
1.81km from Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

Welcome to Capelands Wine Estate, where our emphasis is on freshness. Our accommodation offers cott...

Now and Then
from R300
1 night, 2 adults

Now and Then

Sleeps 13 Somerset West Self-catering in Somerset West
1.95km from Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

Now and Then is situated four kilometers from Somerset West in the peaceful tranquillity of green vi...

from R1300
1 night, 2 adults

Jonker House

Sleeps 7 Somerset West Self-catering in Somerset West
1.98km from Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

Jonker House is a very spacious three-bedroom, two-bathroom home located on a smallholding just outs...

from R650
1 night, 2 adults

Firlands Farm Cottage

Sleeps 4 Gordons Bay Self-catering in Gordons Bay
2.23km from Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

This is a beautiful self-catering loft apartment situated on a smallholding, at the foot of Sir Lowr...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults


Sleeps 2 Dennegeur Self-catering in Dennegeur
2.35km from Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

Meerhof23 is located in residential area in Somerset West. Set in an estate this accommodation is wi...

from R2835
1 night, 2 adults

Seaview Lake House

Sleeps 6 Dennegeur Self-catering in Dennegeur
2.59km from Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

Anshalla Accommodation

Sleeps 10 Strand Backpacker in Strand
2.67km from Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac, Anshalla Lodge offers three affordable units within a few minutes of...

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