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    Forced Removals, Migrant Labour and Identity in Cape Town: a youth perspective - 2008

    This exhibition was a collaboration between the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum and the District Six Museum, and was officially opened at Lwandle Museum on the 21 March 2008 and at the District Six Museum on 10 May 2008.

    The 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 through the story of the Lwandle community, situated near Strand, about 42 kilometers outside Cape Town.

    Youth from the communities of Lwandle and District Six were invited to participate in a Heritage Ambassador Programme which saw them conceptualise, conduct research for and create an exhibition about the impact of migrant labour and forced removals on the lives of their families. Trained in oral history research youth participants set out to discover family histories and the routes people travelled to settle in Cape Town, as well as the journeys they were forced to take having lived there for generations. Creating body maps and locating themselves physically in these stories, participants were able to nurture an understanding of the impact of migrant labour and forced removals on their own lives, and on their communities.