Category: Have your Say

Public memorial lectures as platforms to celebrate intellectual heritage

Vuyani Booi considers the upsurge in memorial lectures that commemorate the struggle icons. He argues that while universities use these to reposition themselves in ways that are ‘politically correct’ they need to embrace the intellectual legacies more holistically.

Re-Placing the Past

Duane Jethro reflects on the dynamics of heritage formation in Berlin and South Africa with reference to the work of two important German artists and the Sunday Times Heritage Project.

By indirections, [we] find directions out.” – Polonius in ‘Hamlet’

Robert Greig reflects on the public and personal repositories of evidence that informed the narrative of his just published novel, In Forests based on the story of Ros Ballingall who reportedly disappeared in the Knysna Forest in 1969.

Who is entitled to a state funeral and what does it tell us about commemoration in South Africa?

Dineo Skosana considers debates that have arisen around the decision to accord the late Senzo Meyiwa and official provincial funeral.

People in the city

Lucelle Campbell comments on the plight of homeless people in Cape Town and the deep historical divisions that entrench inequalities in the city.

Governance-based evidence and service delivery protests

Isabel Schelnack-Kelly, responding to an Archival Platform post on the AGSA’s report on local government 2012-2013 considers the link between governance-based evidence and service delivery protests. She argues that the lack of credible information compromises accountability and fuels protests.

University of Fort Hare: Post-graduate Archives and Records Management diploma

Vuyani Booi offers an overview of the University of Fort Hare Post-graduate Archives and Records Management diploma programme

Memorialising a barbarous act of aggression: the first Maseru raid (1982)

Sebinane Lekoekoe, writes about the 1982 cross-border raid, in which 42 people were killed and many others wounded, from the perspective of the citizens of his country, whose sovereignty was violated. He asks how this act could or should be memorialised and how survivors, who still suffer, might be compensated.

De Kock ordered my sister’s killing – and no, his debt is not paid

Jane Quin’s op-ed published online by the Daily Maverick on 27 June 2014, shortly before de Kock’s parole application was considered by the Minister of Justice raises an issue that will resonate with many South Africans: the quest for justice and the failure of the state to follow through on the recommendations by the TRC. In this op-ed Jane reflects on the killing of Jacqueline Quin and husband Leon Meyer, known in exile as Joe, four other MK operatives, Nomkhosi Mary Mini, Lulamile Dantile, Vivian Stanley Mathee, Monwabisi Themba Mayoli (all South African citizens) and three Lesotho nationals Mankaelang Mohatle, Boemo Tau and Amelia Leseuyeho in a cross-border raid in Lesotho in 1985.

Refections on Jane Quin’s Maverick piece

In her post Reflections on Jane Quin’s piece, De Kock ordered my sister’s killing: an no he has not paid for it, Theresa Edlmann touches on the unresolvedness of notions of reconciliation, justice and accountability in post-apartheid South Africa, and how they form part of the complex legacies of the TRC 16 years after the last hearings took place. Edlmann concludes that what is needed right now is compassion and wisdom from both government and society, to enable a healing and re-humanising process governed by respect, not political expedience, trite notions of reconciliation or simplistic understandings of justice.

Cultures butchered in a foreign land?

Sebinane Lekoekoe visits the Musée du quai Branly and reflects on the manner in which cultural objects removed from one land are displayed in another. He argues that the communities of origin should play a significant role in deciding how their material is displayed so that it’s significance is not lost.

“Accountability, Transparency and Access to Information”:  A report on ICA’s 2103 Conferen

Graham Dominy reports on the first annual conference of the International Council on Archives (ICA) which took place in Brussels in November 2013.

Archival Digitization and the Struggle to Create Useful Digital Reproductions

In a post first published on the Activehistory.ca website Krista McCracken discusses the challenge of preserving context when digitising collections.

Plan of Action for Archive and Paper conservation in museums & archives in South Africa

Monique Vajifdar, an art conservator, posted a proposal to the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) in October 2013 and submitted it as a comment on the Archival Platform website. Vajifdar is stll awaiting a response from the DAC.

South African Taste

Duane Jethro explore the relationships between taste, sensibilities, place and heritage in contemporary South Africa.