In the Headlines
Investigators believe that the fire which razed a Metrofile storage warehouse in Westmead, consuming millions of critical records, could have been started on purpose.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just 72 hours before he was due to leave the city of Cape Town, Dr Mustafa Yayla, a Turkish scholar in African Studies, found a rare Arabic-Afrikaans Amaji manuscript from Cape Town’s own hidden Timbuktu treasure house.
Freedom Park CEO Fana Jiyane presented his insttutions Annual Report to the Parliamentary Committee
The Water Research Commission (WRC), in collaboration with North West University (NWU) Vaal Campus, is answering the call for the establishment of information storage facilities in the form of a water archival repository system for South Africa. Water sector managers, engineers, scientists, researchers and administrators, have all expressed a need for keeping water-related historical records for appropriate use.
The Parliamentary Monitoring Group reports on the presentation by the Department of Arts and Culture’s 2nd Quarter Expenditure and Performance Review Report to the portfolio committee.
The Parliamentary Monitoring Group reports on the District Six Museum presentation to the Parliamentary portfolio committee.
The Parliamentary Monitoring Group reports on the Department of Arts and Culture briefing on the African Union African Renaissance Charter to the portfolio committee
The Parliamentary Monitoring Group reports on the presentation of the reports of the Auditor General to the portfolio committee.
David Larsen describes Africa Media Online’s work building digital archives for a number of historic schools.
The Department presented the 2012/2013 Annual Report. The Auditor General’s report was unqualified, but it had raised a number of matters regarding performance information and the low percentage of targets achieved. The DAC had achieved 55% of its goals while spending 99.4% of its budget.