South African National Museum of Military History
South African National Museum of Military History (22 Erlswold Way, Randburg) – located in the northern part of Johannesburg, this museum, which initially highlighted South Africa’s involvement in World War II, was expanded to cover subsequent conflicts that involved the country’s armed forces (known as the SADF – South African Defence Forces). Such conflicts include the SADF’s military intervention in Angola and its battles with the Cuban forces there. The Museum is also regarded as the spiritual and symbolic home for all soldiers and veterans in South Africa. As a result a number of veterans’ organizations use the Museum as their headquarters.
The museum also showcases the heavy artillery and other military equipment that was a part of the SADF’s history. Interestingly, there’s even an exhibit dedicated to the Umkhonto-we-Sizwe (MK), the armed wing of the African National Congress, from its establishment in 1961 until integration into the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in 1994. That, along with exhibits covering World War I, and the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). Among the visitors this museum is likely to attract are those who have followed the development of the country’s arms industry during the Apartheid era. Admission: R25 (adult), R15 (seniors/children over 1 year). Free for children below 2 years. Hours: 9 am – 4:30 pm (daily).