Women's Month

On August 9 1956, 20,000 women staged a march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act. They left petitions containing more than 100,000 signatures at prime minister J.G. Strijdom's office door. They stood silently outside his door for 30 minutes. The 'pass' was an identification document which restricted a black South African's freedom of movement under apartheid. The pass allowed black women to enter 'white' areas and had come into force under the Urban Areas Act (commonly known as the pass laws) of 1950.

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Join us for a site visit to Sibhudu Shelter near Maidstone: Sunday 15th March 2020

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Our second event of the archaeological year is a visit to Sibhudu Shelter inland of Maidstone (North Coast). Nick Conard and Manu Will of the University of Tübingen are excavating there in February and March 2020, so our visit allows us to see archaeology-in-action and to chat directly to the archaeologists involved.

Sibhudu is a well-known site containing Middle Stone Age deposits dating from about 30,000 to more than 100,000 years ago. Excavations there since 1998 have made a major contribution to our understanding of human lifeways and cognitive evolution. Heritage authorities are currently working on a nomination to declare Sibhudu one of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites, along with the sites Blombos, Diepkloof, Pinnacle Point, Klasies and Border Cave. This declaration will be framed as “The Emergence of Modern Humans: The Pleistocene occupation sites of South Africa World Heritage Site”.

If you find yourself fascinated by this time in our history – when the world was a very different place – then this excursion is for you!

Please RSVP by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by the 11th of March, if you would like to attend.

We will meet at 10.00am at the Usave Maidstone Grocery Store on the right-hand side of the R102 going north, shortly before the robot at the Noodesberg Road (R614) turnoff, Fairbreeze. 

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Opening Times

Monday to Friday - 8:15 to 16:30 
Saturdays - 9:00 to 16:00 
Sundays - 10:00 to 15:00

ENTRANCE CHARGES

Adults (over 17 years) : R15.00

Children (4-17 years) : R 5.00 

School Learners on tour : R 2.50 per child

Pensioners & toddlers : FREE