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Celebrate the Bo-Kaap as a National Heritage Site!

Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum

Explore The Effendis of 71 Wale Street, Bo-Kaap exhibition at the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum

Media images and interview requests and enquiries, please contact:
Zikhona Jafta 021 481 3838 or email

The Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum makes up one of 19 areas in the historic neighbourhood of the Bo-Kaap that have recently been declared National Heritage Sites. Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, made the announcement on Tuesday, 30 May 2019, stating that a number of mosques, schools, homesteads and the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum were included in the decision. 

The Bo-Kaap Museum, like all museums, is a space for preserving heritage and tradition. With the declaration of this space as a heritage site, Iziko seeks to successfully be able to preserve and celebrate a unique aspect of South African culture – hoping to ensure the continuation, safety and growth of heritage and tradition in the Bo-Kaap.

Visit the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum to celebrate it as a National Heritage Site, and explore The Effendis of 71 Wale Street, Bo-Kaap – an exhibition that remembers and honours the lives of the Effendi family who previously lived in this house.

Mahmoud Fakir Effendi contributed greatly to the Bo-Kaap community both through his school and through his religious teaching and writing. The history of Effendi and his descendants is closely connected to the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum, and in this exhibition, Mahmoud Effendi and his family’s story is told for the first time within the museum – the very space in which they once lived.

Forcefully removed from their home during in 1978, The Effendis of 71 Wale Street, Bo-Kaap seeks to make the Effendis family story known, reliving their experiences of great joy and deep pain through photographs, objects and stories both on loan and told by the Effendis.



Issued by: Ellen Agnew
Communications Coordinator: Iziko Museums of South Africa
Telephone: 021 481 3830 Email:
Issued on behalf of the Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa


About Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko)

Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium and Digital Dome, 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 public benefit 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, Groot Constantia and Planetarium and Digital Dome). Visit our webpage at, join our online community on Facebook (, Instagram (@izikomuseumssa) or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.

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