Archival activism strengthening democracy: The Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG)

Established in 1995 as a partnership between Black Sash, Human Rights Committee and Idasa, the PMG makes information about Parliamentary Committee meetings available through its website. This is the only source of this type of information. It is also often the only website on which documents which should be easily available in the public domain – policies, strategic plans and annual reports are to be found.

What does the Department of Arts and Culture Annual Report 2014/2015 have to say about archives?

One would expect a close reading of the Department of Arts and Culture Annual Report 2015/2016 to offer some insight into the extent to which the National Archives and Records Service of South Africa (NARSSA) is delivering on its mandate, its achievements and the challenges it has encountered in the year under review. This is not the case.

SAHA and the National Archives win Golden Key Award at National Information Officers Forum

Congratulations to the National Archives and the South African History Archive (SAHA) for winning Golden Key Awards at the National Information Officers Forum.

Selected photographs from the Times Media digital archive now available online

Selected photographs frm the Times Media digital archive now available through Africa Media Online

Ahmed Timol inquest papers made public forty-four years after his death

Forty-four years after the death of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol, the inquest papers have been made public. These documents were handed over to
the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation by Mia Ahmed Loonat, one of the lawyers representing the family at the time. The documents have since been digitised by Wits Historical Papers Research Archive and made available online.

William Kentridge donates his film, video and born-digital works to the Eastman Museum

Acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge donates his film, video and born-digital works to the George Eastman Museum in the USA. According to the Museum’s website, “The gift comprises both original negatives and positive prints covering Kentridge’s entire career as a filmmaker, as well as all of the master elements of the renowned artist’s works in electronic and digital media.”

Google digitises Kenya’s National Archives

The Google Cultural Institute, in collaboration with the Kenya National Archives, has launched the digitised National Archives – an initiative that celebrates and promotes Kenyan history, Africa’s heroes and cultural heritage.

The Archival Platform is preparing a report on archival activism in South Africa

The Archival Platform is preparing a research report on ‘archival activism’ – i.e. “the mobilising of archive by archival and related practitioners in support of struggles for social justice”. If you’re interested in sharing information about an initiative that fits this definition, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

First batch of records transferred to the Northern Cape Khotso Flatela Archives Repository

On 1 October the Northern Cape Khotso Flatela Archives Repository rang with the sound of joyful singing in celebration of the transfer of the first batch of records to the new provincial archives building.

Archival Platform Dialogue Forums

Between 1 March and 31 July the Archival Platform engaged with stakeholders across the country through a series of National, Provincial and local Dialogue Forums. These Forums played a useful role in bringing diverse stakeholders together to discuss common interests and shared concerns

The Archival Platform is NOT calling for the privatisation of archives

It has come to our attention that the Archival Platform is reported to be calling for the privatisation of the network of national and provincial archives and records management services that constitute the national archival system. This is most certainly not the case. 

Western Cape DCAS launches a Transveral Oral History Framework

On Wednesday 234 September 2015, the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport launched a Transversal Oral History Framework and the Dulcie September Travelling Exhibition.

Archival Platform invited to brief the Portfolio Committee on Arts and Culture.

On 1 September 2015 the Archival Platform was invited to meet with the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Arts and Culture to present its report, State of the Archives: an analysis of South Africa’s national archival system

SACSIS has Stopped Publishing

The South African Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS) has closed.

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