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British Pathé Publishes Archive On YouTube

Film archive British Pathé has released its entire collection to YouTube, making more than 85,000 rare 20th Century videos available to the public.

Western Cape Digitisation Policy: for comment by 30 April 2014

The Western Cape has published a draft digitisation policy for the Western Cape Government and Municipalities for comment.

50th Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s landmark “Speech from the Dock”.

The 20th of April 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Madiba’s renowned ‘Speech from the Dock’. To mark this anniversary the Nelson Mandela Foundation has released a rare photograph of Madiba taken on the 12th of June 1964 when he was leaving the court.

The PAIA Civil Service Network shadow report 2013

This report shows that the right of access to information, fundamental to promote accountability & combat impunity, remains under threat in South Africa.

Swiss government refuses to lift parital closure of apartheid era records

Twenty Years into South Africa’s Democracy the Swiss Federal Government refuses to uplift the 2002 extraordinary partial closure of the Federal Archives regarding the records of Swiss Private Sector Involvement with Apartheid South Africa and its Government.

Address by President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of National Reconciliation Day

In his address on the occasion of National Reconciliation Day, the unveiling of the statue of former President Nelson Mandela and marking of 100 years of the Union Buildings, Presiden Jacob Zuma This new Madiba monument will not merely enhance the attraction and gravitas of the Union Buildings as a national heritage site. said that the satue of Mandela would remind us of the values Madiba stood ofr, his towering vision and stature and his dedication to the struggle against apartheid and, remind us of how far we have come as a nation in just a few years.

SACSIS ‘Person of the Year”: Thuli Madonsela

The South African Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS) have named Public Protector Thulisile (Thuli) Madonsela ‘Person of the Year’!

Memory of the World: Call for nominations

Call for nominations for collections to be inscribed in Unesco’s Memory of the World Register

UK National Archive - Archiving the Arts

The UK National Archives has embarked on an exciting programme to “archive the arts” - an initiative we need to emulate!

Arson suspected in Metrofile fire

Investigators believe that the fire which razed a Metrofile storage warehouse in Westmead, consuming millions of critical records, could have been started on purpose.

Newly declassified files from the UK Foreign Ofice show how Britain destroyed colonial records

British officials burned and dumped at sea documents from colonies that were about to become independent in a systematic effort to hide their “dirty” secrets.

Archive News: Progress on the NAAC

Julie Parle, writing in the Southern African Historical Society Newsletter of October 2013 reports that, after years of stasis, a new National Archives Advisory Council was inaugurated by the Deputy Drector General of the Department of Arts and Culture, Mr Vusi Ndima in May 2013.

Dulcie September files released to SAHA

The much anticipated documents that shed light on the life of Dulcie Evon September, a renowned anti-apartheid activist, has finally been released to SAHA. Given that SAHA, and other bodies alike, have previously made many thwarted attempts to obtain records on September, the acquisition of these files is a considerable breakthrough.

Address by Michele Pickover at the launch of the Ronnie Kasrils Papers at Wits

In her presentation at the official launch of the Ronnie Kasrils Papers and Wits Michele Pickover spoke out strongly about the significnce and state of South African archives and the role that a counter-hegemonic Research Archive– such as Historical Papers – can play in acting as a counterweight to the power of ruling groups or those holding power in society.

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