Duncan Village Heritage Museum reflects on preserved ancient history of Duncan Village

By Sesona Mqheliswa

Duncan Village Heritage Museum was founded in 2018 by Nompumelelo Tshaka – Nyikana and her daughters Sihle and Lihle which is a Non Profit Company that portrays the history of Duncan Village. This initiative came about out of the desire to recall, record, maintain, and celebrate Duncan Village Township’s history with pride and quality, to foster pride in citizenship in the children and residents of Duncan Village, and to remind them of their township’s previous greatness. Its goal is to highlight what was with the goal of reviving what is and putting Duncan Village back on South Africa’s good side and the world at large.

“Duncan Village Museum will indeed become a national key point as we tell the history of this once beautiful and vibrant township”, said Nompumelelo Tshaka– Nyikana, director of the museum.

Not only does the museum preserve Duncan Village Township’s rich history, but it also provides opportunities for public education, learning, and development. Future generations will not only rely on the internet to learn about Duncan Village’s history, but will also have access to a solid memorial where they can hear about it all.

The Duncan Village Heritage Museum is currently working on a number of projects that will be announced throughout the year. It also has various community engagement projects, such as training community people to become tour guides and community ambassadors (which has been completed), documenting history, and collecting antiques, encourage debates and create a forum for storytelling. The museum promotes heritage in schools through a variety of activities, including performances that reflect the rich legacy of the Eastbank and Westbank (Dance, theathre, music), Sports activities, for example, Indigenous games, weightlifting, cultural festivals, and school initiatives based on rich heritage, for example, Street name research, tourism product outreach programs, and oral history research.

The Duncan Village Heritage Museum has formed partnerships with the East London Museum (guidance, storage of information, curating, etc.), Gompo Library, local Schools (debates, adoption of heritage sites), DSRAC (events planning, e.g. International Museum Day, Women’s Day Event), and the WSU Media School in a project that involves collaborating with 3rd year WSU students in various media forms telling the African story.

The Museum has a facebook page @duncanvillagemuseum where people can contact them online. People can contact ‪078 624 6039‬ or through WhatsApp or send an Email to: mpura48@gmail.com

The museum is located in Duncan Village at the corner of Ndende/Kese and Mdaka Streets. It has established itself as one of the most prominent historical and cultural storytellers of unwritten eKasi tales.

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