National Women's Day at Iziko Museums of SA

Iziko Museums of South Africa
08/02/2016 15:19:36

“Wathinta umfazi, wathint’ imbokodo. When you strike a woman, you strike upon a rock.”

Iziko Museums of South Africa commemorates the 1956 women’s march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, as this year marks the 60th anniversary when 20 000 women who marched to petition against the country’s pass laws. National Women’s Day is celebrated with musical concerts and educational discussions and programs by government departments, learning institutions, the community and students around the country.

Iziko Museums of South Africa is offering *FREE entrance to their museums on 9 August (*excluding Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope) to celebrate this momentous day. The public is invited to both a significant and powerful programme which includes exhibitions that are aimed at empowering women to strive for excellence.

Visit the oldest house museum in the country, Iziko Koopmans-De Wet House Museum, with exhibitions such as the Marie Koopmans-De Wet which demonstrates the lives of Marie Koopmans-De Wet and her sister Margaritha. Marie Koopmans –De Wet was known at the time seen as a woman who spent her life devoted to helping orphans and widows in the British refugee camps during the South African War. There you will also find one empowering exhibition You strike a rock by the curator, Lynn Abrahams, Iziko Social History Collection, which opens on 9 August 2016.

The exhibition, Umama, which celebrates the extraordinary mothers of our struggle leaders and their sacrifices to strive for greatness will be on display at the Iziko South African Museum (ISAM) on the day. Other exhibitions such as African Dinosaurs, Nature’s Best Photography and Buzz About Honeybees and Pollination will also be on display in celebration of our nurturing mother Africa at ISAM.

The Iziko Annexe Building at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) will be hosting an exclusive exhibition Unique Visual Narratives from Namaqualand by Curator Desireé Brand, who lives in a rural wine producing area where she has been part of the community of visual art practice and development for two decades. The exhibition opens on 4 August and runs until 26 August 2016. Body mapping workshops will be held on Tuesday, 9 August 2016 to celebrate National Woman’s Day and on Saturday, 27 August. The workshops are process driven. Applications to participate in any of the workshops can be sent to and must include a motivational letter of 250 – 300 words.

Join Iziko Museums of South Africa in partnership with Artscape and Woman Zone for their annual Women Humanity walk which starts at the Iziko Slave Lodge in Adderley Street at 09.00 and proceed to the Artscape Plaza. Women are invited to wear their doeks or headdresses appropriate to their culture. In support for the disabled there will be a decorated flatbed truck heading up the Walk. Iziko museums are also disable friendly for visitors who are always welcome to visit.

Iziko Museums acknowledges the incredible work of the women in history and encourage both locals and visitors to visit the Mother City to explore and reflect on women’s contribution to our history, art, culture and society.

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About Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko)

Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium, the Social History Centre and three collection specific libraries in Cape Town. The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections that reflect our diverse African heritage. Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation that brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure. The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium). Visit our webpage at  join our online community on Facebook ( or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.

Issued by: Merle Falken, Communications Co-ordinator
Institutional Advancement, Iziko Museums of South Africa
Telephone: 021 481 3838
Facsimile: 021 461 9620
On behalf of: Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa Account:
Brighton Khoza
021 481 3838
079 989 3812
Iziko Museums of South Africa
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