Noord-Kaap Afrikaanse Taalmuseum 2017

Photo: Janine Brown and Johannes Blaauw at Marydale in 2017

On the heels of an extremely successful language tour to record Northern Cape stories, the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM) in Paarl is once again heading to the province to dig up more gems for the present and future generations. Ms Janine Brown, Educational Officer, will visit Phokwane, Magareng, Dikgatlong, Kgatelopele, Siyancuma and Sol Plaatje municipalities from 29 October to 4 November 2017 as part of the oral history project. It involves converting oral, yet unwritten stories as well as stories about heritage into digital images, sound and word.

“We are expanding our museum collection to be more representative of the broader Afrikaans-speaking community’s language heritage,” she says. “The recording of oral tradition plays an important role in preserving a language and its history, in particular regarding previously undocumented histories. This includes giving communities and people who have not previously had a voice, the opportunity to tell their stories.”

Inhabitants of the areas of Hartswater, Pampierstad, Ganspan, Jan Kempsdorp, Warrenton, Windsorton, Barkley West, Delportshoop, Koopmansfontein, Daniëlskuil, Campbell, Schmidtsdrif and Kimberley are kindly invited to participate in the project, especially because it is so important for their descendants. “We have already included language phenomena from the Kamiesberg region in our museum exhibition and educational programmes,” says Brown, adding that they also plan to take the project to other provinces.

The ATM previously collected stories in Emthanjeni, Renosterberg, Kamiesberg, Siyathemba, Gamagara, Thembelihle, Siyancuma and Orania. Brown will report on this at a conference on Northern Cape Regional Afrikaans and Literature from 2 to 3 November in Kimberley.

“The topics that we repeatedly encounter in the Northern Cape include water, including stories about drought and the water snake, language identity, people’s literary art such as nicknames, games and sayings, as well as transport as a lifeline,” explains Brown. “The latter has to do with how the life and times of people and villages, including ghost towns, are affected by the railways and roads.”

For more information, including the other towns that will be visited, contact Brown on 021 872 3441 or 076 017 6026 or For more information on the ATM, visit or follow the Language Monument on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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