The registry contains information about a wide range of South African archival and memory institutions and organisations, and international collections that hold material related to Southern Africa.

Sorted by Date / Title

Voortrekker Monument and Heritage Foundation (Voortrekkermonument en Erfenisstigting)

The Heritage Foundation (Non-Profit Company) was founded in 2002 with the purpose of looking after endangered heritage objects, specifically those that the Afrikaans speaking people of the population consider of value.

The Heritage Foundation raised ±R13.8 million towards the construction of the Heritage Centre on the grounds of the Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site, and also raised nearly R2.5 million for the Research Trust, to be awarded for relevant research.

The Bothas in Southern Africa

This web site deals with all the Bothas in Southern Africa and it focusses on the history, genealogy and background of the Botha families.

Each of the Web Pages on the website deal with a definitive part of the history and/or background of these families as well as certain sections which the author either found interesting or frustrating in completing. Simply place your cursor on the topic in the table below and click on it.

The intention is to eventually have a complete listing of the Botha ancestors. In order to have such a listing, a request is made to all people who have Botha ancestors to please forward your research relating to the Botha surnames to the author for inclusion in the Register.

Ferguson Family Tree, South Africa

The owner and creator of this Family Tree, Deryk Ferguson, dedicated it to his Mom and Dad , Stephen and Daphne Ferguson. It pays close attention to the family genealogy of the Ferguson family in South Africa.

A short history of the FERGUSON Name: It is derived from the Scottish and Irish surname Fergus. (Son of Fergus) from the Gaelic given name Fearghus, Fear meaning Man and Ghus meaning Vigor, Force. (Man of vigor and force).


South African Family Tree Website

The owner, Gina Sheperd, can assist you with researching your South African ancestry on a fee basis.  Fees are calculated on a case by case basis and according to the needs of the client.


Amabatha Heritage Society (AHS)

The Amabatha Heritage Society (AHS) a Heritage Organisation which which was formed to preserve the history, customs and heritage of the Mbatha Clan. We then expanded our scope to include the whole of the Nguni Nations.


Wakahina is an online collaboration which keeps the African heritage, Culture & Clan surname praises.

National Research Fund (NRF) of South Africa

The NRF was established through the National Research Foundation Act (Act No 23 of 1998), following a system-wide review conducted for the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (DACST). The new entity incorporated the functions of the research funding agencies that were previously servicing various sections of the research community, namely the former Centre for Science Development (CSD) of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the former Foundation for Research Development (FRD) that included several National Research Facilities.

Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI)

The Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) is an independent research institute based in Johannesburg. Established in May 2010, the Institute brings theoretically-informed social science research into the service of answering some of the major questions facing the public sector.

PARI approaches this from two angles: 1) analyses of the organisational dynamics of the public sector and 2) research into social change, citizenship and governance.

Ithuba Arts Fund

The Ithuba Arts Fund launches upcoming artists into the professional world of visual arts. It provides an opportunity for new faces and new work in Johannesburg to be supported, developed, promoted and finally showcased in a group exhibition with Ithuba providing financial, marketing and logistical support. Artists are selected based on a call for submissions each year.

In 2012, Ithuba opened a new gallery at 100 Juta Str in Braamfontein, where work by past, current and future Ithuba artists is shown. The space hopes to be an accessible resource for emerging artists in the city.

Artspace Johannesburg

Artspace Johannesburg was established in 2001 by Teresa Lizamore. It is located in Rosebank, Johannesburg on the gallery “art strip” on Jan Smuts Avenue. Since it opened its doors, Artspace’s objective has been to service the growing market of buyers who have begun to invest in South African art. Artspace shows and promotes the work of both emerging and established South African artists, and runs a mentoring programme pairing young and upcoming artists with more established artists.

Gardens of the Golden City

Gardens of the Golden City was the brainchild of Denise Voysey and Esther Townsend, of the Randburg Horticultural Society, with the encouragement of Peggy Morgan (all are past chairladies). Starting on a very small scale in 1997, garden clubs in and around Johannesburg were invited to join in by finding gardens in their areas which would be appreciated by the garden loving public.

Yeoville Bellevue Community Development Trust (YBCDT)

The Yeoville Bellevue Community Development Trust (YBCDT) is a non-profit non-governmental organisation, registered as a Trust with the Master of the High Court. The nature of the YBCDT’s work is such that (at present) we rely completely on funding from government, corporates or funding agencies. YBCDT have kept going the last three years with income from government and from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). This applies to our operational costs (which are not high – we run a very modest office) and our project costs for the Africa Week Festival, Yeovue News etc. However, these sources of funding are not as easily available and so we are looking at other options for financial support.

Catholic History Bureau

The Catholic History Bureau attached to St Charles Church in Victory Park is a remarkable archive. It contains old books, newspapers, brochures, photographs and more related to the Catholic Church in South Africa.


ABLEWiki is a publicly accessible, open access repository that documents and also creates awareness of our built environment heritage. It is an initiative of the Universtiy of Pretoria.

National Forum for the Law Enforcement of Heritage Related Matters (NALEH)

The National Forum for the Law Enforcement of Heritage Related Matters (NALEH) is a forum that brings together the arts & culture and law enforcement sectors to fight cultural crime. The NALEH Committee consist of representatives of both the public and private sector with an interest in fighting cultural crime. This includes representatives from the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI) of the SAPS, SA Customs Administration, the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), Interpol, the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA), the National Heritage Council (NHC), the South African Museums Association (SAMA) and the South African National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-SA). NALEH has no secretariat and depends on the support of the constitutive organisations.

Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa (PSSA)

The Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa (PSSA) was founded in 1979, and is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes. The object of the Society is to advance the science of palaeontology in Southern Africa, to serve the common interests and facilitate the cooperation of all persons concerned with the study of evolution, comparative anatomy and taxonomy. The Society is particularly concerned with the conservation and preservation of fossil sites and the promotion of heritage awareness.

Institute for Human Evolution (IHE)

The Institute for Human Evolution (IHE) aims to be at the cutting edge of palaeoanthropological research; the IHE function aims to promote South Africa’s heritage to a wider audience; to stimulate a new generation of scientists with an interest in human evolution; and to contribute to the development of young researchers especially from previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa, through outreach programmes at university, school and community level.

Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST)

In 1994, at the same time that South Africa as a democracy was born, the world-famous Sterkfontein Caves in South Africa was on the verge of being shut down due to lack of funding and resources.  Local land-owners and fossil lovers rallied together to establish the Palaeontological Scientific Trust or PAST – a non-profit trust that would be dedicated to preserving Africa’s rich fossil heritage, and promoting ongoing scientific research in the region.

Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research (BPI)

The Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research (BPI) is part of the School of Geosciences in the Faculty of Science of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.


South African National Military Veterans Association (SANMVA)

The South African National Military Veterans Association (SANMVA) is a national organisation which unites military veterans’ organisations; whose members have experienced the sufferings of conflict and war, and whose forces fought side by side or faced each other in combat, and want to contribute to the maintenance of a democratic and united South Africa established in terms of and based on the principles of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996.

Department of Military Veterans (DMV)

The initiative of establishing the Department of Military Veterans (DMV) forms part of government’s commitment to support and recognise Military Veterans for their contribution to bring about the realisation of a peaceful, democratic and prosperous South Africa.

Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO)

Since 1961, the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) has been South Africa’s music rights champion. They protect the rights of composers and authors (music creators) both locally and internationally. Collecting licence fees from music users – television broadcasters, radio stations, in-store radio stations, pubs, clubs, retailers, restaurants and all other businesses that broadcast, use or play music.

South African Antique Dealers' Association (SAADA)

The South African Antique Dealers’ Association (SAADA) was established in 1963 to promote the interests of the dealers, give clients peace of mind and encourage high standards of ethics. In today’s modern world this history and tradition ensures that you receive accurate and authentic information on every purchase, including a written guarantee upon request.

South African National Community Theatre Association (SANCTA)

The South African National Community Theatre Association (SANCTA) is a community association whose objective it is to raise the quality, status and profile of the community performing arts in order to make them viable once again and regain their place in the cultural life of communities. SANCTA sets about to achieve its objectives by running fully adjudicated regional festivals culminating in an annual Festival.

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA)

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) promotes mutually beneficial, equitable and sustainable business-arts partnerships for the benefit of the whole of society. They do this through research and seminars that examine the arts-business relationships.

BASA provides a bespoke service to businesses, and celebrates successful business-arts partnerships – all with the aim of ensuring the relevance and sustainability of the arts in South Africa.

National School of the Arts (NSA)

Art, Dance, Drama and Music are the four gates of admission to this prestigious full-time high school on the ridge in Braamfontein, South Africa. The school is situated in Johannesburg’s cultural arch, with its back to inner Johannesburg and facing the warmth and space to the north.

Culinary Arts Association of South Africa (CAASA)

The Culinary Arts Association of South Africa (CAASA), formed in 2008, is driven by passionate professionals in order to create and enhance a greater awareness of indigenous foods and cultures in Southern Africa and beyond.

Benoni Museum

The Benoni Museum is house in the old municipal health clinic on the corner of Elston Avenue and Rothsay Street. Opened in 1994 this museum displays an historical event which took place in 1922 - the Rand Revolt.

National Heritage Council (NHC) South Africa

The National Heritage Council of South Africa is a statutory body that is responsible for the preservation of the country’s heritage. Since its existence on 26 February 2004 it has managed to place heritage as a priority for nation building and national identity.

South African National Heritage Trust (SANHT)

The National Heritage Trust for South Africa (SANHT) is an initiative being driven by The Conservation Trust, a non-profit organisation based in Johannesburg. It focuses on heritage conservation initiatives in the Parktown Ridge Heritage area. However, spurred by the many unsustained efforts to protect valuable heritage assets in South Africa, the Trustees agreed to explore the possibility of establishing a National Heritage Trust for South Africa which would have as its overall objective the protection, preservation and conservation of heritage assets in the country.

Vaal Teknorama Museum

The Vaal Teknorama Museum, officially opened in 1992, has two permanent exhibitions: 1) the Local Leaders Hall and 2) the Sedibeng Heritage Hall.

  Both of these reflect a comprehensive history of the Sedibeng area.  There is also a temporary exhibition hall which exhibits items from contemporary, local and ethnic artwork, to Anglo Boer War photos and the Sharpeville Massacre.

Oral History Association of South Africa (OHASA)

The Oral History Association of South Africa (OHASA) is a product of the post-1994 political transformation and a baby of the Department of Arts and Culture. The seed that brought about the birth of OHASA was planted in 1999 when the then Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (DACST) was mandated by Cabinet to conceptualise and spearhead the National Oral History Programme (NOHP) for South Africa.

OHASA’s primary objective is to promote and facilitate the recording, preservation, access, popularisation and study of oral history in South Africa. This includes poetry, music, oral praise, oral performance and oral tradition.

Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging (ATKV) / Afrikaans Language and Culture Association

Die Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging (ATKV) is in 1930 in Kaapstad deur twaalf mense gestig as ’n organisasie waar mense die lekkerte van Afrikaans-wees met mekaar kon deel. Vandag is dit dié Afrikaanse kultuurtuiste met ongeveer 70 000 hooflede en 30 kultuurprojekte per jaar wat bykans 55 000 inskrywings genereer en meer as 220 000 mense regstreeks betrek! Ook op sakegebied het die ATKV vooruitgang gemaak met sewe asemrowende vakansieoorde oor die lengte en breedte in die mooiste dele van Suid-Afrika.


The Afrikaans Language and Culture Association (Afrikaans: Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging), ATKV, is a society that aims to promote the Afrikaans language and culture. The association was founded in 1930 in Cape Town. Since its inception and up to the end of Apartheid in 1994, membership was only open to members of the Afrikaner Christian community. Membership was opened to include people of all ethnicities, sharing the same values as the ATKV (i.e. speaking Afrikaans and belonging to the Christian faith).

South African Police Service Museum and Archives

The South African Police Service Museum and Archives was officially opened on September 23 1968.  Exhibitions are divided into those dealing with crime and another with cultural history.  The crime section includes notorious cases including that of Daisy De Melker, who poisoned her victims.  There is also a section on political crimes such as Steve Biko’s murder and the events at Sharpeville.  The evils of the drug trade and child abuse are depicted.  The cultural history section depicts the history of the police from 1913 onwards.

Artists’ Books in South Africa

The website, Artists’ Books in South Africa, explores research, practice, production, collecting and documenting of artists’ books in South Africa.

NIROX Foundation

NIROX was established in 2007 and is a private foundation set in 15 hectares of an extensive nature reserve in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. NIROX is comprised of an international artists’ residency programme, a local artists’ accommodation programme, a sculpture park and related function facilities.

Sober & Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art (SLICA)

The Sober & Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art (SLICA) was founded on 1 April 2011 and developed as an extension of Sober & Lonely’s artistic practice to create a platform of sharing and engagement between like-minded people and organisations.

Sober & Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art (SLICA) is a mobile platform, and hosts various events, suburban residencies, talks and exhibitions at different locations in Johannesburg, South Africa and the world.

Creative Freedom Magazine

Creative Freedom is a magazine about creative people and their projects in the arts and entertainment industry in South Africa. It profiles cool art, comic books, video games, movies, animations, television shows, studios, events and any other projects that are interesting and creative.

Bailey Seippel Gallery

The Bailey Seippel Gallery is a photo gallery situated at Arts on Main in the heart of Johannesburg’s CBD. The gallery features unique archival photographs and material from Bailey’s African History Archives as well as contemporary African documentary photographers.

David Krut Projects

David Krut Projects is an arts, design and projects gallery space at 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg. It is one of four spaces in our organisation, the others being at the Arts on Main complex near downtown Johannesburg, Montebello Design Centre in Newlands, Cape Town, and Chelsea New York.

Fried Contemporary

Fried Contemporary is housed in a converted residential property in Pretoria. The Gallery aims to promote young, upcoming and previously unrecognised artists working in a contemporary idiom, and showcases the work of a number of leading artists based in Pretoria. The gallery also runs a variety of art classes.

In Toto Gallery

In Toto Gallery features local and international, historical and contemporary works of art and is located in the suburb of Birdhaven. The Gallery’s name is taken from the Latin phrase meaning “In total - encompassing everything”.

Resolution Gallery

Resolution (Res) Gallery, founded by Ricardo Fornoni, Steven Goldblatt and Simone Fornoni, is an art gallery involved in promoting and selling digital media art, from limited edition prints to interactive installations, and mixed media artworks. Owner and curator of the gallery, Ricardo Fornoni, additionally operates his printing studio from the Res Gallery space.

Art Afrique

Art Afrique launched on 24 July 2008. The Gallery specialises in African and South African art - some already well known and featured in the finest private and corporate collections around the world - and some newly discovered.

Centre for Historical Reenactments (CHR)

The Centre for Historical Reenactments (CHR) aims to respond to the immediate demands of the current moment through an exploration into the historical legacies and their resonance and impact on contemporary art.

Museum of African Design (MOAD)

MOAD (Museum of African Design) is a multi-disciplinary exhibition, event and performance space with a core objective of advancing problem solving ideas for Africa and beyond. MOAD was developed from a factory warehouse built in the 1920s.

The Museum features floor space of over 1500 square metres, with 15 metre high ceilings, ground floor retail space and an on site workshop space for artist and artisan collaborations.

Ifa Lethu Foundation

Ifa Lethu, a nonprofit Foundation based in Tshwane, South Africa is devoted to the development and economic growth of the creative sectors in the country.

Centurion Art Gallery

The Centurion Art Gallery aims to show a variety of art forms, reflecting the cultural diversity of South Africa. Promoting visual literacy, making the visual arts accessible to the layman. Exhibiting emerging talent, promoting particularly Tshwane artists.

Alf Khumalo Museum of Photography

The Alf Khumalo Museum of Photography displays and archives the photographic work of veteran photojournalist Alf Kumalo that spans over 5 decades documenting ordinary and extraordinary momemts in the country’s history.

Art Map South Africa

Art Map South Africa is aimed at providing artists, curators, writers and researchers from other countries with a first point of entry into the existing infrastructure for contemporary visual arts in South Africa, as a basis for networking, creative collaboration and research. <?p>


Assemblage is a non-profit organisation which intends for the visual arts community of Johannesburg to connect, to share ideas, information and advice and to collaborate. It provides an inclusive forum where visual art students, graduates and professionals can network.

South African Society of Archivists (SASA)

The South African Society of Archivists (SASA) is a professional association representing those working in archives and records management in South Africa.

South African Rock Art Digital Archive (SARADA)

The South African Rock Art Digital Archive (SARADA) is a Rock Art Research Institute (RARI) initiative launched in aim to preserve the institute’s substantial collection of historical documents, photographs, redrawings and slides through digitisation.

Wits Rock Art Research Institute (RARI)

The Rock Art Research Institute had its small beginnings in 1979 when Professor David Lewis-Williams moved from the Social Anthropology Department at the University of the Witwatersrand to the Archaeology Department.

A few years later, in 1983, he started a research project focused on surveying and recording the rock art of the Harrismith district, South Africa. This project was headed by Professor Lewis-Williams, with Bruce Fordyce as the only other researcher, and was funded by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). This project grew and the necessity for interpretation of the rock art, not just finding the rock art sites, became a primary focus.

Origins Centre

Opened by President Thabo Mbeki in 2006, the Origins Centre is a world-class museum dedicated to exploring and celebrating the history of modern humankind, telling the story of the emergence of human beings and humanity in southern Africa.

ABSA Money Museum

The is home to the most complete collection of South African numismatic items in the world. It is situated in the stylish Absa Towers West building in the heart of the cultural metropolis that is the Johannesburg CBD.

South African Education Trust (SADET)

The South African Democracy Education Trust (SADET) was established as a project Trust after President Thabo Mbeki indicated his concern about the paucity of historical material on the arduous and complex road to South Africa’s peaceful political settlement after decades of violent conflict.

Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA)

The Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) operates as a development agency for the visual arts in South Africa, promoting connection, access and innovation in our industry. This website has been developed as an up-to-the minute resource, providing information, advice and tools for artists, businesses and organisations, as well as providing a platform for research, awareness and discussion around key industry issues.

Bailey's African History Archives (BAHA)

The Bailey’s African History Archives (BAHA) holds 40 years of material from all the editions of Drum Magazine and its various sister publications - Golden City Post, Trust, True Love and City Press. The Archives contains a wealth of information from politics to culture and complexities of the vast Anglophone African nations


South African Data Archive (SADA)

The South African Data Archive (SADA) was established in 1993 when the director of the Danish Data Archive (DDA) was invited to the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) as a consultant to undertake a feasibility study on the viability of establishing a data archive in South Africa. SADA has since been incorporated into the National Research Foundation (NRF) which was established in April 1999 by the National Research Foundation Act.

SABC Sound / Radio Archive

In the SABC Sound / Radio Archives, broadcasting material of cultural and historical value is preserved, ensuring an audio image of South Africa for future generations.

Rand Water

The Rand Water Board (now Rand Water) was founded in 1903 with the objective of securing a permanent and reliable water supply for the ever-growing population and industries on the Witwatersrand. Since then, it has grown rapidly to become one of the largest bulk water supply authorities in the world. Currently they supply water to approximately 12 million people, covering an area of more than 31 000 square kilometres. They also supply water to more than two-thirds of the country’s industries and mines.

Museum Africa, Johannesburg

Museum Africa currently is a virtual museum whose goal is to construct a combination museum and library to house the world’s largest collection of primary source documents, books and artifacts pertaining to continental Africa’s history. Its primary function is to provide public access and a centralized location for the purpose of conducting research on individual African cultures.

Melrose House

Named after the famous Melrose Abbey in Scotland, Melrose House was built in 1886 by prosperous Pretoria businessman George Jesse Heys. Today this elegant house museum stands as a superb example of the transition of Victorian to Edwardian architectural styles and interiors. The interior is characterised by colourful stained glass windows, paintings by English artists, carpets in rich colours, ornate ceilings and fireplaces, as well as valuable porcelain ornaments, the majority of which belonged to the Heys family.

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is the regulator of telecommunications and the broadcasting sectors. It was established in July 2000 in terms of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Act No.13 of 2000. It took over the functions of two previous regulators, the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA) and the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA). The two bodies were merged into ICASA to facilitate effective and seamless regulation of telecommunications and broadcasting and to accommodate the convergence of technologies. ICASA derives its mandate from four statutes. These are the ICASA Act of 2000, The Independent Broadcasting Act of 1993, the Broadcasting Act of 1999 and the Telecommunications Authority Act No. 103 of 1996.

The repository of the IBA was begun in 1996 upon appointment of a Records Manager. The organization itself began in March 1994, following the introduction of the Independent Broadcasting Authority Act in 1993, and the repository houses records relating to the history of broadcasting policy development at the IBA up to final position papers; licence applications and conditions relating to broadcast licences issued and applied for in the categories of community and commercial/private radio and TV as well as general administrative records relating to the setting up and running of the Authority.

Library and Information Association South Africa (LIASA)

Library and Information Association South Africa (LIASA) is a professional non-profit organisation, uniting and representing all institutions and people working in libraries and information services in South Africa.

Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA): Archive

GALA is a centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) culture and education in Africa. Our mission is, first and foremost, to act as a catalyst for the production, preservation and dissemination of knowledge on the history, culture and contemporary experiences of LGBTI people.

First National Bank (FNB) Archives

Up to 31 May 1997 the archives formed part of the First National Bank Museum, which was established in 1979 to, inter alia, identify, document, research and bring to the public the important historical documents accumulated by the Bank. The Museum was closed to the public on 31 May 1997 and the archives now exist as a single entity.

Dutch Reformed Church of Africa Archives Repository (Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk v Afrika)

Prof. Dr. S.P. Engelbrecht as first archivist of the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk since 1924, gained permission in that year from the then Minister of Interior Affairs Dr. D.F. Malan to conserve the records. In 1957 he became full time archivist. In 1959 the Dirk van der Hoff building was built to accommodate the archives of church offices. In the 1950’s he moved his Collection to the church, containing the core of all the records. In 1954 Prof. Engelbrecht retired and Dr. H.M. Rex became head of the archives. Since 1981 Mr. F.S. van Rensburg heads the archives.

Documentation Centre (Department of Defence Force Archives)

The Department of Defence Archives (DOD Archives) was established as the SA Defence Force Archives on 14 May 1968 following the approval by the Minister of Education of a separate military archives. Prior to this date an organisation for the preservation of the archives of the SA Defence Force did exist but it had no legal status. Presently the DOD Archives is part of the Documentation Centre.

Department of Foreign Affairs Archive

The archives at the Department of Foreign Affairs houses biographies of, and other materials relating to, all our diplomats from 1910-1997.

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Archives

The CSIR Archives maintain the central collection of CSIR documents, corporate publications and audiovisual material (photo’s, slides & videos) with historical value. The first archivist was appointed at the CSIR in January 1970, but the historical documentation had been kept since the establishment of the CSIR in 1945 in the Registry Department.

Brenthurst Library

The Brenthurst Library is one of the finest privately owned Africana libraries. It grew out of the personal collections of its founders, Sir Ernest Oppenheimer and his son Harry Oppenheimer, with the choice of material reflecting their interests and preferences. The library includes books, pamphlets, manuscripts, artworks and maps.

Barlow World Limited Archives

The Barlow World Limited Archives was established by Rand Mines Limited in 1963 to assist the author of the company’s 75th anniversary book. When Barlows acquired Rand Mines in June 1971 it was decided to establish an archives department on a proper footing and appoint an archivist, i.e. Maryna Fraser, who assumed the position in 1973.

Armaments Corporation of South Africa Limited (Armscor): Archive

The Amscor Archive was established in 1985 as part of Armscor’s Historical and Archive Services Section which was at the time not subjected to the Archives Act of 1962, Act No. 6 as amended. The Armscor Archive has since its creation been developed and organised in accordance with the principles of modern archival practice and theory.

Afrikaans Protestant Church Archives (Afrikaanse Protestantse Kerk)

The archives of the Afrikaans Protestant Church include the documentation relating to the establishment of the church; own publications for membership instruction (Sunday School/catechism); books for adults for Bible study and about topical subjects; church administrative matters; own church marriage registers.

ANC Archives

The University of Fort Hare was officially designated as the repository of the ANC Archives in 1992 by Pres. Mandela. The archive was opened to the public in 1996. The Archive Project is co-ordinated by the Archives Department which is based at the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg. All collections are sorted at the headquarters before being transferred to Fort Hare for final proccessing and public access.

ABSA Group Archives

The Absa Group Archives focuses on banking and business history; history of the Absa Group and its predecessors and numismatics.

National Archives Repository (Public Records of Central Government since 1910) [SAB]

According to the National Archives and Records Service of South Africa Act (No. 43 of 1996 as amended) all central government offices are expected to transfer their archival records which have been in existence for 20 years to the National Archives Repository. A policy regarding the acquisition of non-public records is being drawn up. It will be designed to fill the gaps in official memory and to redress the imbalances of the previous collecting activities.

Records of central government, provincial government (Gauteng and former Transvaal), commissions of inquiry and transitional government processes. Official publications, library material on archival science and history, cartographic material and photographs. Non-public records received as donations.

Gauteng Provincial Archives and Records Service (GPARS)

The Gauteng Provincial Archives and Records Service (GPARS) is administered as a sub-programme of the Directorate of Library and Archival Services in Gauteng.

The Gauteng Provincial Archives are responsible for the records of the Gauteng Province (part of the former Transvaal Province), established in 1994.

Transnet Foundation

The Transnet Foundation, believe in that investing in the people of South Africa is the foundation of the country’s economic success and sustainability as a whole. The Foundation is dedicated to build a healthier, better educated, safer and skilled population that is positive about our country and motivated to grab the opportunities that empower them to live fulfilled lives.

South African Preservation and Conservation Group (SAPCON)

In November 1986, after the symposium on the Preservation of Library Materials at the South African Library in Cape Town, and workshop for practising paper conservators held at the J.S. Gericke Library at Stellenbosch, the Paper Conservation Group (PCG) was formed.

At a second workshop held at the Restoration Laboratory of the Parliament in Cape Town in November 1987, the name was changed to South African Paper Conservation Group and the organisation was formally constituted.

Modderfontein Conservation Society

The Modderfontein Conservation Society is a volunteer body that helps preserve the Modderfontein Reserve which is located in Modderfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa. They give guided walks around the Reserve and they hold a monthly talk on a nature related topic at the Modderfontein town hall. The Reserve is a great place to take a nature walk or spot birds so please keep a close eye on out their schedule of events on their website for various walks and talks.

South East Witwatersrand Family History Society

The South East Witwatersrand Family History Society was established in June 1987 with a view to furthering genealogical interest among residents of the East Rand.

Johannesburg Heritage Foundation

The mission of the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation (JHF) The JHF’s is to drive the preservation agenda in Joburg which it does through a spectrum of activities including weekly tours, a powerful schools education programme, various listing and plaquing initiatives and ongoing advocacy.

Standard Bank Heritage Centre (incorp. Archives & Historical Services)

The Standard Bank Heritage Centre contains a priceless collection of archival material related to the bank. It is open to researchers, historians, genealogists and members of the public by appointment. Minutes of meetings, correspondence, signature books, old photos, staff records, annual reports, inspection reports and so much more form part of the collection.

National Film, Video, and Sound Archives (NFVSA)

NFVSA collects audio-visual and related material which was made in or about South Africa. Material is deposited and donated by the film, video and sound industries, as well as private persons. Some material is purchased or exchanged. State generated material is transferred periodically in terms of the National Archives and Records Service of South Africa Act (No. 43 of 1996 as amended).

National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Head Office

Areas of specialisation: , commissions of inquiry and transitional government processes. Official publications, library material on archival science and history, cartographic material and photographs. Non-public records received as donations.

James Hall Museum of Transport

The James Hall Museum of Transport in Pioneers’ Park in La Rochelle, Johannesburg, is a must for anyone keen on vehicles, history, or just meandering through a small sector of South Africa’s past. The museum is a treasure trove of information and displays dealing with over a hundred years of land transport in all its forms.

Adler Museum of Medicine

Located at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Adler Museum of Medicine is a tribute to the medical fields of dentistry, medicine, optometry and pharmacy. It was founded in 1962 by Dr Cyril Adler and was originally housed at the South African Institute for Medical Research.

Egoli Heritage Foundation

The Egoli Heritage Foundation formed as a result of the merger of three iconic Johannesburg Heritage Organisations: 1) the Johannesburg Branch of the Simon van der Stel Association (now Heritage SA), 2) the Johannesburg Historical Foundation and 3) the Sandton Historical Society.

African Heritage Consultants CC

African Heritage Consultants CC offers a one stop integrated multidisciplinary service in the field of heritage. To be able to deliver an outstanding service African Heritage Consultants CC has developed a team of experts to cover the whole field of heritage resources by professional and experienced expertise.

Heritage Education Institute of Southern Africa (HEISA)

The Heritage Education Institute of Southern Africa (HEISA) connects you with a spectrum heritage experts across the subcontinent. HEISA believes that education is the key to get the Heritage Sector working.

Voortrekker Monument

The majestic Voortrekker Monument is situated in the northern part of South Africa in the Pretoria (Tshwane) region in a nature reserve. It is a unique Monument which commemorates the Pioneer history of Southern Africa and the history of the Afrikaner and is situated in a beautiful setting.

Getty Images

In 1995, Mark Getty and Jonathan Klein founded Getty Images to bring the fragmented stock photography business into the digital age. And that’s exactly what they did. Thee were the first company to license imagery online - and have continued to drive the industry forward with breakthrough licensing models, digital media management tools and a comprehensive offering of creative and editorial imagery, micro-stock, footage and music.

Harold Strange Library of African Studies

The Harold Strange Library of African Studies primarily houses a collection of printed material, it does however, have an interesting and significant archival collections. Areas of specialization include: History of Johannesburg and the Witwatersrand; languages and literatures of Southern Africa; Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902; theatre in Johannesburg; Historical buildings of Johannesburg; Southern African shipwrecks; and various political parties in South Africa.

General Smuts Foundation

In 1969, the the Big House was acknowledged as a National Monument by notice in the Government Gazette, No. 2551 of 31 October 1969.  In 1994 the name of the General Smuts War Veterans’ Foundation was changed to The General Smuts Foundation.

DITSONG: Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum

The Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum preserves and presents South African agricultural history in a unique manner.

DITSONG: Kruger Museum

The Kruger Museum and its contents bear witness to the forceful personality of the man who lived there as leader of a small republic in southern Africa, at a stormy and unsettling time of his people’s long struggle against British imperialism. The Museum consists of the original house in which S.J.P. Kruger, President of the old Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR), and his family lived during the last years of the 19th century.

DITSONG: Tswaing Meteorite Crater

This crater is one of the best-preserved meteorite impact craters in the world. The name Tswaing means Place of Salt in Setswane, and refers to a saline lake that covers the crater floor.

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