The Smuts House Museum seeks to represent faithfully the life-style and multi-facetted career of one of South Africa's greatest sons, General J. C. Smuts, and to promote the holistic vision which he expounded in his life and writings.
Dear Patrons, please take note that as of 1 June 2019 the entrance fees to the Museum will be amended to: R50.00 / adult and R30 / student and pensioner. We have kept our prices as low as possible in the foregoing years but need to align ourselves with other Heritage Sites. Bear in mind the entire homestead is private property and we benefit from no grants or subsidies. Many thanks for your support.
Supper Talk : The Friends of Smuts House, 18:00 for 18:30, Thursday, 16th May, 2019,
THE CHALLENGES OF SUPPLYING TSHWANE CITIZENS WITH ELECTRICITY AND WATER
Speaker: Darryl Moss, Councillor, City of Tshwane
When the Democratic Alliance took over the administration in Tshwane, as a minority administration and in coalition with a number of small parties, we understood that the City was in a bad situation. The financial position was dire, and there was a huge backlog in the supply of bulk infrastructure as well as a significant backlog in infrastructure maintenance. However we did not understand how bad it really was. The water, sanitation and electricity networks were on the verge of collapse, and the backlog in bulk services such as water and wastewater treatment, reservoirs, substations and in-feed stations from Eskom was dire. On top of that an inefficient and often obstructive administration did not have the will to improve the situation.
This talk will highlight the deficiencies in the supply of water, power and wastewater services and the plans the DA administration has put in place to overcome these.
COST: Members: R120 Visitors: R150
*NB Reservations close noon on Tuesday, 14th May
Venue : Smuts House Museum, Jan Smuts Ave, off Nellmapius Rd, Irene.
All payments by EFT please. Your assistance would be appreciated:
If you are unable to EFT please advise so we can make suitable arrangements.
Banking details for Friends of Smuts House:
Bank: Nedbank, Centurion
Account Name: Friends of the General Smuts Foundation
Branch Code: 162145
Account No: 1621173909
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The three brochures below are available at the entrance desk at a cost of R15 each. These 16 page brochures supply much background information about the Big House, Jan and Isie Smuts and the various displays in the Museum. The brochures contain many useful images and will serve as valuable keepsake for your visit.
Photo of General Smuts extracted from the recently published book "Dankie Generaal" with the kind permission of its author Nico Moolman. Smuts is one of the Anglo-Boer War generals Moolman thanks for their contribution, through the strength of their leadership, to his own fascination with the Boer War and whose lives in many ways, consciously or subconsciously, helped shape his own.
To quote further from the publisher's notes:
"Hierdie pragtige kleurboek bevat meer as 100 rare foto’s uit die Anglo- Boereoorlog waarop Nico die afgelope paar jaar in sy ‘speurtogte’ as leke-historikus afgekom het. Dit sluit in etlike glasnegatiewe uit die oorlog waarvoor hy ’n spesiale skandeerder moes laat maak het om dit te digitaliseer. Die foto’s bied ’n baie intieme blik op Boerekrygers en Britse soldate te velde en in hul kampe en bevat wonderlike detail oor praktiese werklikhede van die oorlog. Tussendeur die foto’s vertel Nico die verhale van sy ontdekkingstogte oor die jare. Van die dagboek van 'n Boerekrygsgevangene wat op die vullishoop van die DBV gevind is tot die oorlogslagveld wat hy herontdek het."
"This book contains a selection of rare photos from the Anglo-Boer War, including a number that have been beautifully colourised. It also tells the fascinating story about the author’s far-reaching efforts to preserve these photos and objects from the war."
A life-sized statue of former South African Prime Minister, Jan Christiaan Smuts, has been unveiled at Rustenburg in the North West. The unveiling forms part of this month's heritage celebrations. The sculpture depicts Smuts on his horse Charlie. Click on the image below to view the 2 minute SABC News video.
We are extremely grateful to Zander, Tiaan, Johan, Adrian and Christopher (engineering and quantity surveying students) who recently renovated the railing of the Smuts House Museum in Irene. Please view their work on YouTube HERE
The Big House - Home of the Smuts Family
|Museum Reception||Catering Manager||Executive Liaison Officer|
|FRONT OF HOUSE||JAN DU TOIT||SHARON WONFOR|
|Tel: +27(0)12 670 9017||Tel: +27(0)12 670 9013||Cell: +27(0)79 393 3282|