Iziko Museums Closed on Workers’ Day and Election Day

  • Posted: Apr 30, 2014

Iziko Museums of South Africa will be closed on Workers’ Day 1 May, 2014 and on 7 May, 2014 for Election Day.

May Day, also known as International Workers' Day, has come to represent the struggle of the international labour movement to achieve workers' rights.

The 2014 South African general election will be held in order to elect a new National Assembly as well as new provincial legislatures in each province. It will be the fifth fully inclusive democratic election since the first was held in 1994, after the end of apartheid.

As a reminder, two prolific exhibitions at the Iziko South African National Gallery will have their final run during the month of May.  Rotimi Fani-Kayode: Traces of Ecstasy ends on 15 May, 2014 and Objects in the Tide of Time: Highlights from the Iziko Art Collection ends on 18 May, 2014.

Iziko is an isiXhosa word meaning “hearth” – traditionally and symbolically the social centre of the home; a place associated with warmth, kinship and ancestral spirits; where food is prepared and shared, stories are told and knowledge is passed from one generation to the next.

Similarly, the museums that make up Iziko are spaces for cultural interaction – where we can gather, share, learn and connect with our history, art and natural world.

The three flames in our logo represent Iziko’s art, social and natural history collections. The light generated by the flames symbolises Iziko’s pursuit of knowledge, education and inspiration.

Our museums bring people together, connecting them with each other and the world around them.


Issued by: Melody Kleinsmith

Communications Coordinator: Institutional Advancement, Iziko Museums of South Africa
Telephone +27 (0) 21 481 3861                                   Facsimile +27 (0) 21 461 9620
Cell 073 107 4955                                                              E-mail mkleinsmith@iziko.org.za
Website http://www.iziko.org.za                            


On behalf of: Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa



Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium, 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 non-profit 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 and the Planetarium). ). Visit our webpage at www.iziko.org.za, join our online community on Facebook (www.facebook.com/IzikoMuseums) or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.



  • Human Rights Day: 21 March
  • Freedom Day: 27 April
  • International Museum Day: 18 May
  • Africa Day: 25 May
  • Youth Day: 16 June
  • National Woman’s Day: 9 August
  • Heritage Week: 22-28 September
  • National Aids Awareness Day: 1 December
  • Emancipation Day: 1 December
  • Day of Reconciliation: 16 December
  • Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium: Free only on International Museum Day and Heritage Day

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