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UN calls on member states to release records relating to the death of Dag Hammarskjöld

Chris Saunders asks whether South African authorities will give effect to the United Nations Resolution calling for the release any relevant records in their possession that relate to the death of Dag Hammarskjöld in September 1961.

NMF comments on the ICA HRWG Basic Principles on the Role of Archivists in Support of Human Rights.

In their comments, the NMF point to three ‘profoundly flawed assumptions underpinning the principles: the document embraces a concept of the archivist as an impartial custodian; the document assumes that is is addressing the contexts of a stable, mature and well functioning democracy and; the uncritical assumption of ‘the law’, ‘the state’ and ‘the profession’ as sources of authority.

The UNESCO PERSIST project: survey on digital content selection

Collecting and preserving born digital heritage is a major challenge. Tthe UNESCO PERSIST project, a cooperation between UNESCO, the International Council on Archives (ICA), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), LIBER, the National Library of the Netherlands and the Digital Heritage Netherlands Foundation (DEN), is now setting out to collect and share worldwide best practices and guidelines on selecting policies and digital strategies.

Reckoning with oppressive pasts: The Mandela Dialogues challenge orthodoxies

The international Mandela Dialogues process has seen the generation of a document which challenges many orthodoxies in what is called transitional justice theory and practice. It is published as a contribution to deliberations in the many countries facing the challenge of reckoning with oppressive pasts.

The First Fifty Years - a project collating Cape of Good Hope records

The First Fifty Years - a project collating Cape of Good Hope records brings together a wealth of information about the people who lived and settled in the Cape in the 17th century and their entangled lives. It includes information that is invaluable to those researching their family histories as well as those with an interest in the early history the Cape of Good Hope.

The SASA: Archival conference on public programming, outreach and advocacy

The SASA conference brought a range of interesting initiatives – and challenges into view, and a timely reminder that archives are preserved so that they can be made accessible and used! 

SHIFTY SEPTEMBER: Celebrating 30 years of seditious sounds

In Heritage Month The South African History Archive (SAHA) pays tribute to the Shifty Records music label, combining exhibitions, documentary screenings, panel discussions and, of course, concerts to celebrate the Shifty story of musical activism in the struggle for democracy in South Africa.

Social Networks and Archival Context Releases Prototype Historical Research Tool

The prototype is an aggregate of biographical information about people, both individuals and groups, who created or are documented in historical resources. Users can explore the lives of individual people, organizations, and families; browse featured descriptions; and discover and locate connected historical resources that document these lives.

Draft National Museums Policy for comment

The Department of Arts and Culture has released a Draft National Museums Policy for comment in 2013. Further drafts were issued in August and October 2014

Address by Minister Mthethwa at the Policy Debate Vote 14, National Council of Provinces, (NCOP 2014

On 24 July 2014 Minster Nathi Mthethwa addressed the NCOP announcing that, “Our plan for the next five years responds to the unfinished business of economic transformation as a framework for the economic vitality of our social and cultural fabric. It restores social transformation as a pillar for nation building and unity”.

Address by Minister Mthethwa at the Budget Vote of DAC, 2014

On 17 Juy 2014 Minister Nathi Mthethwa delivered the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) Budget Speech which he titled, “Unleashing the economic power of the arts” and in which he affirmed the DAC’s commitment to sustaining and growing a nation “at peace with itself and the world.”

Peter Alcock’s KwaZulu-Natal research

New Paper from Peter Alcock, :The Hills Above Pietermaritzburg: An Appreciation” now available to download from our website.

Bringing Nat Nakasa Home

Almost 20 years after his death in New York in 1995, Nat Nakasa’s remains may be repatriated for reburial in his homeland.

Archival Platform registry of archival and memory institutions and organisations now online!

With close to 600 individual archives, museums and other organisations and institutions listed thus far, the registry is intended to provide the public with a ready- and easy-to-use collection of information and data pertaining to archival repositories and other institutions that may assist them in their personal and/or professional research.

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