Category: Have your Say
Responding to an earlier post by Lucy Campbell, Kobus Faasen compares the lives of three prominent indigenous women who were introduced to “the people from the sea” at an early age. Malinche (modern-day Mexico), Pocahontas (Jamestown, North America) and Krotoa (Cape of Good Hope, South Africa).
In the year in which South Africans mark the centenary of the iniquitous Natives’ Land Act, this poignant post, circulated to subscribers on Ben Khumalo-Seegelken’s mailing list,is a timely reminder of the traumatic impact of forced removals on individuals and their families.
Sebinane Lekoekoe comments on the celebrations that mark Moshoeshoe Day and shares information about this important king and other figures that have led the Basotho nation since his time.
Emile Maurice reports on a panel discussion focusing on the question, ‘What do we mean by ‘hidden voices’ in the arts after apartheid”. Convened by the Iziko South African National Gallery and the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, the discussion was sparked by the exhibition “Uncontained: Opening the Community Arts Archive”.
In a provocative article published by the Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS) Richard Pithouse argues that the memory of oppression and resistance is suppressed in our country and points to the consequences of this.
Vusumuzi Khumalo uses the story of her sister’s teenage pregnancy to raise questions about archives. She concludes that insufficient attention has been paid - in the archives - to social problems.
Have your say! How do archivists reconcile research and privacy interests when it comes to the disclosure of personal information?
Lizabé Lambrechts reviews a recent publication on the history of the Eoan Group.
Lucelle Campbell, reflects on the boom in the ‘black hair business’ and wonders what informs the choice of women who straighten their hair.
Graham Dominy provides some background on South Africa’s efforts to preserve the Timbuktu Manuscripts and offers some thoughts on a way for the international community to assist in protecting the manuscripts in the immediate future.
Graham Dominy reports on a symposium organised by Unesco and the National Archives of Tunisia to examine the role of the National Archives,archivists and records managers in the country during the time of transition.
Jesmael Mataga responds to the December posts dealing with the issue of cannibals and shared his insights into the way in which the practuce of cannibalism is represented in oral narratives, missionary accounts and cannibal sites.
Sebinane Lekoekoe raises some concerns about the archives of the Catholic Church in Lesotho.
Ruth Abankwah responds to Mbongiseni Buthelezi’s article “Orality, recordkeeping and corruption: is good recordkeeping un-African”
Emile Maurice reflects of his ongoing interest fascination with the art of Picasso and shares some intriguing South African links.