Public Lecture and Dialogue on the Land Question in South Africa

DITSONG: Museums of South Africa (DMSA) aims to become a catalyst for social cohesion, nation building and economic transformation. This is partly achieved through establishment of dialogues between diverse cultures.

The land question continues to be contested by different ideological persuasions in South Africa. The majority of left organisations and movements believe that the land should be equitably distributed. Organisations and movements to the right believe that land redistribution will affect food production and would lead to hunger and starvation, citing examples in Zimbabwe and elsewhere. In contrast, left organisations and movements believe that the land question is firstly about one’s birth right and secondly, that this right can be exercised in order to earn a living.

Recently, Parliament debated the matter and undertook national road shows to hear the views of the people. On the 4th December 2018, Parliament adopted the report on the expropriation of land without compensation with 209 members of Parliament voting for, and 91 members of Parliament voting against the motion. As expected, the votes were according to ideological and historical differences.

The DITSONG: Museums of South Africa as a cultural and heritage institution is a perfect space where cultural, linguistic, and heritage rights could be safely discussed and debated without fear or favour. As the museum, we wish to provide space to different communities, interests groups and civil society formations to come and debate this matter with a special focus on the following questions:

(a)     Who owns the land? Is it individuals, banks, the state etc.?

(b)     Whose land will be expropriated without compensation and on what basis?

(c)     What would be the impact on food production?

(d)     How will the transfer of land be managed?

(e)     Who will be the beneficiaries, and who will be the losers?

(f)       Does ethnicity and race matter in this debate, and why?

(g)     What was the CODESA and Multiparty talks resolution on the land question in South Africa?

(h)     Why did the negotiators arrive at such a conclusion?

(i)       What is the place of heritage institutions in this debate, and do they have a stake?

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Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum

The Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum preserves and presents South African agricultural history in a unique manner.The Museum showcases the history of the development of agriculture in South Africa from the Stone Age until 1945.

It has a large collection of farming implements, tractors and animal-drawn vehicles.
Visitors will find a historic farmyard (1880-1920) with indigenous domesticated farm animals like Nguni and Afrikaner cattle, Colebrook pigs, Painted Persian sheep and indigenous chickens. By prior booking, visitors can see and experience various demonstrations, including candle-making, cow-milking, roasting of coffee beans and baking of bread.

Homemade jams, cookies, soap and Ndebele beadwork can be purchased at the Museum farm stall. There are two house museums and two Ndebele homesteads from different eras. The Museum distils and sells its own mampoer and liqueurs. An annual Mampoer Festival takes place at the end of May each year.

Museum View

Admission Fees

Guided tour schools (for every 50 children one teacher get free entrance)
R 30 p/p
Guided Tour – Adults
R45.00 p/p
Guided Tour – School Children
R30.00 p/p
Child (0-3 year )
Normal entrance – Adults
R30.00 p/p
Normal entrance – Children
R 20 p/p
Night accommodation
R 150 pp/night
Voortrekker Badges
Free Entry per educator: per group of 50 learners

Conferencing Facilities

Facilities hire:

  • Lapakraal (houses 80 people)
  • Auditorium for meetings and conferences

Additional Services:

Photography services


Bread is baked in the outdoor oven (on request). Other homemade products include cookies, apricot, tomato, makatan, peach and fig jam, Boer seep, tallow candles and traditional Ndebele beadwork.


  • Mampoer festival

The Mampoer festival is the annual highlight of the Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum. It is held in collaboration with the Distillers Guild of South Africa, with the main purpose to maintain the tradition and culture of Mampoer distilling in South Africa. Mampoer distillers, who are members of the Distillers Guild, come from all over South Africa to compete in the national championships at the Museum.

The festival is a joyful event, with a mampoer- and liqueur tasting tent, a beer tent, flea market, food stalls, lots of entertainment, cultural demonstrations and traditional food, e.g. “pap-en-kaiings” and ginger beer.

  • Farm Festival


An exhibition of veteran farm machinery is held annually at the Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum. The exhibition is presented jointly by The South African Federation of Veteran Tractors and Engines (SAVTEC) and the WPAM.
The club members collect tractors, implements, stationary engines and farm equipment in their own right and these will be on display together with items brought by members of sister clubs. These exhibits and demonstrations together with those of WPAM will be a truly exciting and rarely seen experience.


1. Farm stall (at the old farmyard)

Sell traditional homemade products, Mampoer and liqueurs

2. Tant Kotie se Kontantwinkel


Please note that the Restaurant is closed until further notice.

Contact Information

Physical Address:

Farm Kaalfontein, Rayton

Postal Address:

PO Box 677, Rayton 1001

GPS Coordinates:
25°46’ 44″ S 28°32’ 57” E

Directions to the Museum:

N4 from Pretoria to Witbank
Rayton/Cullinan/ Babsfontein off ramp
Turn right on the R104 (old Bronkhorstspruit road)
Drive for 4 km, turn left at Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum sign

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 012 7362035/6

Fax: +27 012 736 2037


Admission Daily:

Weekdays 08h00-16h00

Weekends 09h00-16h00


Lapakraal. Self-catering , 80 bed facility

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