In the Headlines
This report shows that the right of access to information, fundamental to promote accountability & combat impunity, remains under threat in South Africa.
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.
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.
The South African Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS) have named Public Protector Thulisile (Thuli) Madonsela ‘Person of the Year’!
Call for nominations for collections to be inscribed in Unesco’s Memory of the World Register
The UK National Archives has embarked on an exciting programme to “archive the arts” - an initiative we need to emulate!
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.