• 24 Bath Street
  • Montagu, Western Cape
  • 6720

Herbal Heritage of Montagu

Posted by Mareletta Mundey on 13 June 2018 11:30 AM CAT
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Traditional Medicines Project

There is a rich heritage of traditional medicinal remedies in the Montagu district. This knowledge was handed down by the Khoisan, who lived in the Langeberg Mountains   and were expert users of the veld, to the coloured people who became farm labourers. This knowledge was absorbed by the settler farmers as it was virtually impossible to obtain medical services.

For the past twelve years the museum has been involved in a conservation research project dealing with the traditional medicinal plants of this district.

An important aspect of the project is the collecting of information about herbal remedies used in the past, as many of the older generation pass away and meaningful knowledge is lost. The remedy for an ailment is carefully written down and included a museum publication titled Herbal Remedies: Montagu Museum.

The colourful local names for the plants used in the remedies are carefully noted aas well as the area where found, and specimens are taken to Compton Herbarium for identification.

The Museum is busy compiling a complete collection of water colour sketches of all the medicinal plants used in these remedies for easy identification.

An indigenous medicinal plant garden has been created at the back of Joubert House, our house museum. The aim is to cultivate examples of all the medicinal plants of the district for public viewing, information and environmental education.

The museum also exhibits examples of herbs cut and dried in the traditional manner, slaves and various infusions.

Further research is being undertaken in conjunction with the National Botanical Institute and Department of Pharmacology, University of Cape Town.

Visitors are invited to contact Montagu Museum for further information and for lecture tours.

Montagu Museum

Longstreet 41, Montagu, 6720


Tel: 023 614 1950

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Montagu Western Cape Town of the Year - Kwela

Posted by Mareletta Mundey on 05 June 2018 11:30 AM CAT
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Kwela Dorp van die Jaar 2018 / Kwela Town of the Year 2018

-Stem vir MONTAGU!!!! – Vote for Montagu!!!!

By now everyone should know that Montagu was chosen as the Western Cape Town of the Year – which puts us directly inline for the National (including Namibia) Town of the year.

Thanks to great promotion and many Social media postings and most importantly VOTES – we got to this privileged position.

The secret was already out when the recognizable KIA and Afrikaans.com branding was very visible all over town in April.

On 10 and 11 April the Kwela team already spent many hours in Magical Montagu to film as many as possible of the beautiful places, people and things to do for a special insert that announced Montagu as the Winning Finalist of the Western Cape in the Kwela Town of the Year Competition.

 Now that all 9 finalist towns have been announced – the voting lines is open (from 27 May until 1 June, 12:00 midday).

The winning town will be announced on 17 June 2018 on Kwela, KykNet, at 18:00. The winning town walks away with one -million- rand TV airtime on KykNet for a year.

It is only VOTES that count at this point- so please do not hesitate to vote immediately – Just sms to 33157 – MONTAGU!!

You can send 30 sms’s from a cell number.

Homebrew Films, the producers of Kwela, will produce a 45 second advert about the town that will be flighted for the year.

There will also be a huge KIA Dorp van die Jaar Makiti (party, Festival, jollification) in the winning town and everyone is invited.

Music, food, fun and loads of that winning town spirit. Also, this Makiti will be filmed and flighted at a later stage on KykNet – publicity that is indeed invaluable for our lovely town.

So, all that remains now: STEM VIR MONTAGU!!!!!  VOTE FOR MONTAGU -SMS 33157



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