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.

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The Conradie Family of South Africa

This webpage provides access to some genealogical information about the South African Conradie family.

Kotzee (Kotzé) Family of Winburg

This document, authored by Robin Morgan Pelteret of Cape Town, South Africa, is constituted of his research into the origins of a family into which he married, namely the family Kotzee (Kotzé) of Winburg, Orange Free State, South Africa.

Cape Town Family History Society

The Cape Town Family History Society was established in 2002 by a group of family genealogists who felt an awareness to promote and encourage the recording of family history. It is an open Society for anyone interested in their family who lived in or around Cape Town and its suburbs.

The Cape Town Family Society actively promotes and assists those genuinely interested by holding regular training programmes. These programmes teach how to start your research, where to find the facts, how to collate them together and finally how to present them to the following generation who hopefully will appreciate all your efforts.

South African

Genealogical Research Service South Africa: Don’t let distance get in the way of searching for your roots… Research your roots, find out where your ancestors were born, trace their descendants and build your family tree from the historical facts you unearth.

Horst Kleinschmidt - A Personal Journey

Horst Gerhard Hermann Kleinschmidt writes on this website that ‘over the past number of years I have been writing a fairly regular Newsletter on my research into my family history and on events in my own past. I also write to the newspapers on South African politics and concerns I have about our young and fragile democracy. Besides that I write to my ‘Ubumelwane’, my neighbourhood in the Southern Cape Peninsula about problems concerning our unequal and racially divided suburbs. And I often comment on the fisheries administration in South Africa where I worked at the end of my career.


The purpose of this website is to bring all these writings and related photographs under one roof.

Jewish Digital Archive Project (JDAP)

The Jewish Digital Archive Project (JDAP) began in 2011. The project is based at the South African Jewish Museum.

The Jewish Digital Archive is collecting photography, film and oral history interviews for their archives for educational purposes such as academic research as well as for public genealogical interest.

The JDAP, previously housed at the Kaplan Centre at the University of Cape Town, can be compared to other broader archival initiatives at UCT for example: The Center for Popular Memory , The Michaelis Photographic Archives, and The University of Cape Town’s Library Manuscripts and Archives . However, The Jewish Digital Archive Project’s fundamental purpose is to connect members of the Jewish Community in Southern Africa.


Tombouctou Manuscripts Project

The Tombouctou Manuscripts Project, first conceptualised in 2002, was officially established in 2003 to research and document manuscript tradition in Africa.

Over the past seven years a Project team has been involved in the study of manuscript tradition in Africa, including manuscript translation, digitalisation and historical studies of book and library traditions.


South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI)

The South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) delivers biomedical discovery appropriate to both international and African context. Researchers at SANBI perform the highest level of research and provide excellence in education.

SANBI was founded in 1996 by computational biologist Winston Hide, the founding director, as part of the faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of the Western Cape. The SANBI research team includes faculty in the areas of genetic diversity, gene regulation, cancer, sleeping sickness and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

West Coast Fossil Park

The fossil site of Langebaanweg is located in the West Coast Fossil Park, approximately 150 km north of Cape Town (a 11/2 hour drive), and is world-renowned for its exceptionally well-preserved fossil faunal remains that date to the terminal Miocene/early Pliocene (circa 5.2 million years ago).

Iziko Bertram House

Bertram House, situated at the top of Government Avenue in the centre of Cape Town, reopened its doors to the public on 9 December 2010 after extensive renovations. This house is the only remaining example of the English Georgian-style red brick houses that were once common in Cape Town. It was built c. 1839 by the English immigrant and notary, John Barker, who named it in memory of his first wife, Ann Bertram Findlay.

Iziko South African National Gallery

The South African National Gallery is the national art gallery of South Africa located in Cape Town. Its collection consists largely of Dutch, French and British works from the 17th to the 19th century. This includes lithographs, etchings and some early 20th-century British paintings. Contemporary art work displayed in the gallery is selected from many of South Africa’s communities and the gallery houses an authoritative collection of sculpture and beadwork.

Iziko SAS Somerset

The SAS Somerset is permanently moored for public viewing in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Table Bay Harbour, Cape Town.

NOTE: This museum is not currently open to the public.

Iziko Rust en Vreugd

Rust en Vreugd was built as a home for Willem Cornelis Boers, a high-ranking official of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) known as a fiscal, around 1777–1778.

Iziko Cape Town Planetarium

The Cape Town Planetarium which is housed in the South African Museum building in Cape Town, is a celestial theatre in the round, utilising the complex Minolta star machine and multiple projectors to transport the audience through the wonders of the universe.

Iziko Maritime Centre

The Iziko Maritime Centre features an overview of shipping in Cape Town, and the earliest existing model of Table Bay harbour, completed in 1885 by prisoners and warders of Breakwater Prison, forms part of the exhibitions.

Village Museum, Stellenbosch

The Stellenbosch Village Museum currently comprises of four houses of historical interest and their gardens. Each of these beautiful homes represents a different period in the architectural development of Stellenbosch.

V.O.C Kruithuis

The V.O.C Kruithuis is unique in South Africa as it is the only remaining powder magazine in the country dating from the days of the Dutch East India Company (V.O.C) and it can almost be said to have become a symbol of this town’s rich and varied architectural heritage.

Josephine Mill Museum

The Josephine Mill Museum is the darling of the Cape Town Historical Society which was bequeathed the building by its heir, Myra East, in 1975.

At the time, the Mill was in a sad state of disrepair. Abandoned in the latter half of the 1930¡¯s, much of the building had lain exposed to the elements for decades. A few records hinting at its construction and workings during its illustrious years of operation ¨C between 1840 when it was built, and 1863 when its machinery fell silent ¨C inspired the society to attempt its renovation and reconstruction.

It took 13 years and generous donations to complete the restoration project, but by 1988 the fine iron waterwheel was turning once again supplying the surrounding community with freshly milled, stone ground flour, just as it had done, for so many years before.

Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

The Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum is 40 kilometres (30 miles) outside Cape Town. It is a memorial to the system of migrant labour, single sex hostels and the control of black workers through the identity document which controlled the lives of black South Africans under apartheid— the infamous pass book.

Cape Medical Museum

The Cape Medical Museum provides a captivating glimpse into the history of Western and traditional medicine in the Western Cape. The building in which the museum is housed was built in 1902. It was once the private residence of the Medical Superintendent of the now defunct City Hospital for Infectious Diseases.


Gugulective is a collective of artists who share a common set of interests around the position of the contemporary arts in an urban township context.

Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA)

The University of Cape Town’s Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) facilitates new collaborative and inter-disciplinary creative research projects in the disciplines of Music, Dance, Fine Art, Drama, Creative Writing, Film and Media Studies.

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.

João Ferreira Gallery

The João Ferreira Gallery was established in Cape Town in 1998 by art dealer João Ferreira. The Gallery aims to cultivate critical appreciation and stimulating discussion around visual art by regularly hosting new shows of work by contemporary artists.

Maboneng Township Arts Experience

The Maboneng Township Arts Experience is a national public arts exhibition that turns homes in townships into galleries and the outdoor spaces into performance districts. It currently happens annually over two days in 3 townships around the country - Alexandra in Johannesburg, Gugulethu in Cape Town and Madedeni, Newcastle in Kwazulu Natal.

Museum of Design, Innovation, Leadership and Art (MoDILA)

The Museum of Design, Innovation, Leadership and Art (MoDILA)-project was established in response to the need for an international scale, continuous flagship cultural event space with an African focus and to locate Cape Town as a global hub for design and innovation and societal leadership studies.

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Archive

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Archive is an online website which contains all our students’ essays from previous years at AIMS. Please browse the links in the column to the left or search for an essay using the search form above.

Van Riebeeck Society

The Van Riebeeck Society was founded in 1918 with the purpose of making primary sources available in a readable and enjoyable form to anyone interested in Southern African history.

Creative Cape Town

Creative Cape Town is a programme of the Cape Town Partnership, a collaboration between public and private sectors working together to develop, promote and manage Cape Town city. Creative Cape Town was started in 2006 with the input of more than 30 specialists working in and for creative and cultural industries.

ARTerial Network

The Arterial Network is a dynamic network of individuals, organizations, donors, companies and institutions engaged in the African creative and cultural sector.

Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI)

The Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) was set up in 2001 to promote and grow craft as an economic sector in the Western Cape province of South Africa. A not-for-profit company, the CCDI is a joint initiative of the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

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.

Cape Town Partnership & CCID

The Cape Town Partnership was formed in 1999 as a non-profit (Section 21) organisation to mobilise and align public, private and social resources towards the urban regeneration of Cape Town’s Central City. It was initiated by the City of Cape Town, the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) and the Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, among others.

Zamani Project (African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes Project)

The Zamani Project attempts to capture the spatial domain of heritage, with a current focus on African heritage, by accurately recording its physical and architectural nature and dimensions.

The Zamani Project was initiated in 2004 in the Geomatics Division of the University of Cape Town and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation from 2004 until 2012. Presently the project is funded through the independent “Zamani African Cultural Heritage Sites Trust”, which was established by the Philanthropist and UCT Alumni, Duncan Saville.

South African Book Development Council (SABDC)

The South African Book Development Council (SABDC) was launched on 17 June 2007 in Cape Town. The SABDC is the representative body of the South African Book Sector, its members include all key stakeholders in the book value chain.

Cape Town Archives Repository

In 1876 the Cape government appointed a commission whose most important task was to collect, examine, classify and index the archives of the Colony. In 1879 Dr George McCall Theal was charged with the part-time supervision over the archives. In January 1881 he was succeeded by the Rev HCV Leibbrandt. All colonial archives dating before 1806 were transferred to the Government Public Library.

From 1886 the archives were housed in fireproof rooms in the basement of the Parliament. Leibbrandt devoted much of his time to the binding of documents and the publication of his well-known Précis of the Archives of the Cape of Good Hope. In 1908 Leibbrandt retired and his post was not refilled. In 1909 a commission was appointed “to have the custody on behalf of the Colonial Government of the Archives”. Two officials were appointed to arrange and inventorize the archives after office hours. Mr CG Botha was transferred to the Cape Archives as chief in 1912 and the commission held its last meeting in February 1913.

As a result of the re-organization of the archives service in 1919, the Cape Archives became an integral part of the SA government archives administration. From 1934-1989 the Cape Archives occupied the building of the University of South Africa in Queen Victoria Street. At the end of 1989 the Cape Archives moved to its present location, a custom-designed building in Roeland Street and subsequently assumed the name Cape Town Archives Repository.

Cape Tercentenary Foundation

The Cape Tercentenary Foundation came into being with the following mission in mind: to preserve, promote and encourage literature, the visual and performing arts, and the natural and cultural environment in the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape Provinces.

Vernacular Architecture Society of South Africa (VASSA)

The Vernacular Architecture Society of South Africa (VASSA) is a voluntary organisation that aims to support the study and preservation of vernacular architecture in South Africa.

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.

Graaff-Reinet Heritage Society

The Graaff-Reinet Heritage Society is involved in preservation activities in around this historic Eastern Cape town. Graaff-Reinet is the fourth oldest town in South Africa and is often described as the ‘heart of the Great Karoo’. The society is an affiliated branch of Heritage SA, the largest and oldest organisation of its kind in the country.

Hugenot Society of South Africa

The members of the Huguenot Society of South Africa endeavours to preserve and promote the Huguenot heritage in South Africa through various activities, and undertake research into the history and genealogy of Huguenot families in South Africa.

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.

South African Air Force Museum (SAAF Museum)

The South African Air Force Museum (SAAF Museum) at Swartkop is the largest military aviation museum in South Africa. The museum uses both chronological and subjective layouts to tell the exciting story of aviation development from the days of the Paterson Aviation School at Kimberley to modern-day jets. Exhibits include a variety of aircraft and missiles, as well as family-orientated and historically interesting aeronautical displays. All exhibits and displays are well identified to permit touring without guides. Photography is encouraged, although flash equipment will be required for most of the interior shots.

Simon van der Stel Foundation

The Simon van der Stel Foundation is a conservation body which strives to preserve our architectural heritage. This comprises buildings and other structures of historical importance.

SA Military History Society (SAMHS)

The South African Military History Society (SAMHS) was formed in 1966 in Johannesburg by a core group of amateur historians with the purpose of studying and promoting awareness of military history. Since that time, it has grown to a Society of over 500 members primarily located in four branches, namely Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and the Eastern Cape (Port Elizabeth), as well as members located throughout the world.

South African Archaeological Society (ArchSoc)

The South African Archaeological Society, also known as ArchSoc, is a registered non-profit organisation. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in archaeology. The Society promotes archaeological research in southern Africa and makes the results available to its members and the public through lectures, outings, tours and publications.

British Concentration Camps of the South African War 1900-1902: Database (BCCD)

The British Concentration Camps of the South African War, 1900-1902 database is a University of Cape Town initiative is an ongoing project and a number of registers have yet to be completed. Because of the complexity of the sources, most of them produced under wartime conditions, and the incomplete nature of the project, the database does contain duplicates and inconsistencies.

The New Church Art Museum

The New Church Museum is owned by Piet Viljoen, and is the first privately owned contemporary art museum in South Africa. It has been set up to exhibit Viljoen’s private collection of contemporary South African (and African) art.

The Clock Tower Gallery

The Clock Tower Art Gallery, at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, represents a wide selection of highly acclaimed South African artists. The subject matter ranges from realism to abstact art, but is all intrinsically true to South Africa, not only in the actual end result but in the inspiration of many of the artists.

Goodman Gallery

Goodman Gallery is at the forefront of contemporary art in South Africa. Its focus is on artists — from South Africa, the greater African Continent, and other countries — who engage in a dialogue with the African context.

Irma Stern Museum

One of South Africa’s leading artists, Irma Stern (1894-1966) achieved national and international recognition in her lifetime. To honour her, her home, situated near UCT’s Lower Campus in Rosebank, Cape Town, was transformed into the Irma Stern Museum in 1971 and houses a comprehensive collection of the artist’s work, as well as her private collection of antique furniture and African art.

Beck Family Private Art Collection

The Beck Family’s vast art collection is on display at two properties, the Steenberg Hotel and the Graham Beck Wines in Robertson. These locations are proud to display an exquisite selection of artworks from Graham and Rhona Beck’s private collection, profiling some of South Africa’s most famous and respected artists.

Spier Public Arts Festival: Infecting the City (ITC)

Infecting The City (ITC) is a festival of provocative, site-specific performance works, presented by the Africa Centre. It pushes the boundaries of performance and festival programming, and engages a broad spectrum of people – often those who would never consider watching a performance.

Spier Films SA

Spier Films operates in the production, world sales, financing and distribution sectors of the film industry.

Spier Films has produced the groundbreaking films U-Carmen eKayelitsha (Golden Bear winner at the 2005 Berlinale) and Son of Man (official selection Sundance Film Festival 2006), and an adaptation of Athol Fugard’s famous play Master Harold and the Boys.

Africa Centre

The Africa Centre was established in 2005 as an international creative centre and social innovator based in Cape Town, South Africa. The vision of the Africa Centre is brought to life with a number of projects that either play out through the calendar year, or online.

Spier Arts Academy

The Spier Arts Academy provides a vibrant learning environment that explores the art form of mosaic and develops the practical and technical expertise and creative spirit of all learners.

Association for Visual Arts (AVA)

The Association for Visual Arts (AVA) boasts a large and vibrant exhibition space for both experienced and emerging artists. The Association For Visual Arts (AVA) in partnership with Spier, is one of Cape Town’s oldest non-profit art galleries, showcasing contemporary South African art in all media.

Standard Bank Gallery and Art Collections

The Standard Bank Corporate Art Collection promotes work by local artists. It includes historically significant works, but in recent years, there has been a strong focus on more contemporary artworks.

South African Reserve Bank Art Collection

The art collection of the South African Reserve Bank is generally regarded as one of the premier corporate collections in the country, with its outstanding strength being landscape art produced between 1900 and 1970.

Research Institute on Christianity in SA (RICSA)

The Research Institute on Christianity in South Africa‘s vision is to be an African institute at the University of Cape Town which produces high quality research on Christianity in South Africa which contributes to a more just and sustainable society.

Durban in Motion Project

The Durban in Motion Project entails a virtual exhibition and digital archive which was conceived by Dale Peters of Digital Innovation of South Africa (DISA) and Paul Weinberg of The Centre for Curating the Archive at the University of Cape Town as a result of many discussions about the ‘digital moment’, preservation and making our historical photographic resources accessible.

SANBI National Botanical Gardens

SANBI’s Conservation Gardens & Tourism Division manages SANBI’s network of nine National Botanical Gardens (NBGs), each with their associated tourism infrastructure and conservation estate, and Interpretation Section. ‘Conservation Gardens’ is the international term for botanical gardens that include both landscaped and natural areas within their boundaries.

Bolus Herbarium

The Bolus Herbarium was established in 1865, is the oldest functioning herbarium in South Africa. As part of an academic institution its primary function is to aid in the teaching and research of the diversity of the southern African flora, particularly that of the Cape Floristic Region. Research associated with the herbarium focuses mainly on taxonomy, systematics, biogeography and endemism.

Compton Herbarium

The Compton Herbarium is located in the Kirstenbosch Research Centre at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Rhodes Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town.

The collection houses approximately 750 000 specimens covering mainly the winter rainfall region of southern Africa, but there are also many valuable specimens from around the world in the South African Museum (SAM) collection. For historical reasons the SAM collections, the oldest in the country, are kept and managed separately from the general herbarium.

Harry Molteno Library

The Harry Molteno Library is located at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town. It dates back to 1913 when the Garden was founded. Since that time it has grown considerably and has moved several times. It is presently housed in the Kirstenbosch Research Centre, built in 1993 and named after Harry Molteno, who was instrumental in establishing the Molteno Trust, which funded the Kirstenbosch Research Centre.

Iziko Museums

This large group of museums includes the South African Museum, the SA National Gallery, the Slave Lodge, the William Fehr Collection and other institutions in Cape Town.

Music, Memory and Migration in the Post-Holocaust Jewish Experience

The initiative stems from a number of different activities, primarily project leader Steve Muir’s WUN Research Mobility-funded ethnographic investigation of South African Jewish Choral Music (Cape Town, 2012, supported by the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town), and also the conference of music from the Terezin concentration camp (Leeds College of Music, 2012). They hope that this initial project will pump-prime future collaborative research into these and related areas.

Kaplan Centre

The Kaplan Centre seeks to stimulate and promote the whole field of Jewish studies and research at the University with a special focus on the South African Jewish community. Multi-disciplinary in scope, scholars are encouraged to participate in a range of fields including history, political science, education, sociology, comparative literature and the broad spectrum of Hebrew and Judaic studies. The centre is engaged in research and acts as a coordinating unit in the University of Cape Town.

South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation

The South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation is dedicated to creating a more caring and just society in which human rights and diversity are respected and valued. The various centres serve as a memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust and all victims of Nazism; to teach about the consequences of prejudice, racism and discrimination; and to promote an understanding of the dangers of indifference, apathy and silence.

South African Jewish Museum

The South African Jewish Museum offers visitors a truly unique experience with its bold architectural design, interactive multi-media displays, and engaging accounts of South African Jewish history. The museum was officially opened by old president Nelson Mandela in 2000.

The main body of the museum faces onto a paved landscaped court linking the Old Synagogue (1863) - the first Synagogue built on South African soil - , the Great Synagogue (1905), and the Albow Centre, which comprises the South African Jewish Museum shop, the Gitlin Library, the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, and the Israel Abrahams Hall.

Genealogical Society of South Africa (GSSA)

The Genealogical Society of South Africa (GSSA) was founded in 1964. Since then the society has made big strides and genealogy is firmly established as a dynamic and growing phenonmonon in the South African Society. Many people spend hours in researching their family and the GSSA is proudly supporting them, newcomers as well as experienced researchers. One of the goals of the GSSA, is to produce Family Registers and other Genealogical Products making it available to family researchers. They assist with preparing members’ research for printing or writing it to CD. The GSSA also act as a publisher to assist with marketing the completed product.

The Anglo Boer War(s) Archives


The First Anglo-Boer (1880-1881) is also known as the First Transvaal War of Independence because the conflict arose between the British colonizers and the Boers from the Transvaal Republic or Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR). There were several causes of the First Anglo-Boer War - these include: 1) The expansion of the British Empire; 2) Problems within the Transvaal government; 3) The British annexation of the Transvaal; and 4) The Boer opposition to British rule in the Transvaal.


The Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) (Dutch: Tweede Boerenoorlog, Afrikaans: Tweede Vryheidsoorlog or Tweede Boereoorlog) was fought from 11 October 1899 until 31 May 1902 between the British Empire and the Afrikaans-speaking settlers of two independent Boer republics, the South African Republic (Transvaal Republic) and the Orange Free State. It ended with a British victory and the annexation of both republics by the British Empire; both would eventually be incorporated into the Union of South Africa, a dominion of the British Empire, in 1910.

Archival Collections of South African Heads of State (Part Two)

This collective entry holds information pertaining to the various archival Collections of South African Heads of State.

South African Institutional and other Private Art Collections

Many private institutions and companies, including museums, libraries, galleries, universities etc, hold vast art collections.

Corporate Art Collections in South Africa


While businesses have been buying art for a century or more, it’s really only in the past 30 to 40 years that it has been a major preoccupation. Below a registry was compiled of the various corporate art collections in South Africa.

UNESCO's Memory of the World: South African Sites and Collections

UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme is an international initiative launched to safeguard the documentary heritage of humanity against collective amnesia, neglect, the ravages of time and climatic conditions, and willful and deliberate destruction. It calls for the preservation of valuable archival holdings, library collections and private individual compendia all over the world for posterity, the reconstitution of dispersed or displaced documentary heritage, and the increased accessibility to and dissemination of these items.

Archival Collections of South African Heads of State (Part One)

This collective entry holds information pertaining to the various archival Collections of South African Heads of State.

Archival Repositories & Private Collections of Political Leaders, Activists & other Role Players

This collective entry contains information pertaining to archival Repositories & Private Collections of various South African Political Leaders, Activists & other Role Players.

South African Political Party Archives

South Africa has a vibrant multiparty political system, with 13 parties represented in the National Assembly of Parliament. Historically, South Africa’s major political parties, include: the African National Congress (ANC), the Democratic Alliance (DA), the Congress of the People (Cope), the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), the Independent Democrats (ID), the United Democratic Movement (UDF), the Freedom Front Plus (FF+), the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), the United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP), the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), the Minority Front (MF), the Azanian People’s Organisation (AZAPO), the African People’s Convention (APC), the South African Communist Party (SACP), the New National Party (NNP).

The South African Liberation Movement / Struggle: Archives and Museums

The South African freedom struggle, spanning three and a half centuries, details the defeats and victories of a people in the quest for justice. The South African freedom struggle always raised the issue of justice for every citizen of the country. From the mid 17th century to the late 20th century, when apartheid reigned in South Africa, the cause was for peace, love and humanity.


Buddhism in South Africa

The Buddhist traditions are represented in South Africa in many forms. Although the inherently introspective nature of Buddhism does not encourage census, adherents to these traditions are usually outspoken and supported by perhaps an even greater, though hidden number of sympathisers. Temples, centres and groups are common in the metropolitan areas and the country is thought to comprise the largest Buddhist community in Africa.

Herbariums and Botanical Gardens of South Africa

South Africa is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, after Indonesia and Brazil. Our country straddles 3 oceans, occupies only about 2% of the world’s land area, but is home to nearly: 10% of the world’s plants; 7% of the reptiles, birds and mammals and 15% of known coastal marine species. Our country is comprised of 9 biomes (unique vegetation landscapes), 3 of which have been declared global biodiversity hotspots.

A herbarium is a collection of dried plant specimens arranged in an accessible system. It is an important source of data used by researchers in many plant-related sciences and is most often used for taxonomic research. Herbaria are centres where plant taxa are studied.

Medicinal plant use in the Bredasdorp/Elim region of the Southern
Overberg in the Western Cape Province of South Africa

Audio-Visual Archival Collections

Audio-visual / non-book materials have a unique role to play in university libraries, national archives and other repositories of (and about) South Africa. Numerous audio-visual archival collections are held, not only in South Africa, but also abroad.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South Africa

In 1853, three Latter-day Saint missionaries arrived in Cape Town and began missionary work on the African continent. On 16 August 1853, the first branch was organized at Mowbray, Cape Town. By August 1855 the South African mission consisted of three conferences, six branches, and 126 members.

The Church closed the mission from 1865 to 1903 because of government restrictions and difficulties with the language. During this time, many of the members immigrated to Utah, but a small nuclei remained in the country and maintained a presence of the Church. In 1903, President Warren H. Lyon reopened the mission.

South Africa Vital Records Index

Anglican Church of Southern Africa

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa is situated on the southern tip of Africa. This Province was formerly known as the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (CPSA).

The Anglican Church in this Province was established in 1870 when its first Provincial Synod was held in Cape Town. It has grown over the years and now has 25 dioceses, found in the countries of Angola, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mocambique, Namibia, South Africa and the island of St Helena (South Atlantic Island). It has a diverse membership of approximately 3 – 4 million people, speaking many languages and representing many cultures and races.

In 1989 the Church produced its new An Anglican Prayer Book, 1989 which was simultaneously published in 6 languages. Today it is available in 9 of the languages spoken in these regions.

Church of Province of South Africa: Records and Collections

The Church of the Province of South Africa, is also known since 2006 as the “Anglican Church of Southern Africa”. The Church includes dioceses in Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Saint Helena, South Africa and Swaziland.

South African Jewish Community: History and Collections

The Jewish links to South Africa are said to start with the Portuguese voyages of exploration around the cape in 1452. Jews were involved in these early voyages as mapmakers, navigators and sailors.The Portuguese were not interested in settling in the Cape, but used it as a route to the profitable trading areas of Asia.

The first Jewish congregation was founded in 1841 in Cape Town by an English Jew, Benjamin Norden. He was one of several Jews who arrived in the eastern Cape as part of the 1820 Settlers- the first real British attempt to provide permanent colonial settlement. Most of these early Jewish settler families have totally assimilated.

Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa (PCSA)

The origins of the Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa are to be found in Cape Town and in the Baviaans River valley in the Eastern Province. In 1806 a Scottish regiment, the 93rd Southern Fencibles, was posted to the Cape of Good Hope. No chaplains were appointed to regiments at that time, and on their own initiative the men founded a Calvinist Society. In 1812 George Thom, a Scottish Presbyterian minister, arrived at the Cape, and from that society formed a congregation, mainly Presbyterian, although members of other denominations were enrolled.

Moravian Church of South Africa

The Moravian Mission was the first missionary society in South Africa when one of its missionaries, Georg Schmidt, established a mission station at Baviaanskloof (later renamed Genadendal = Valley of Grace) in the Cape Province in 1737. After some confrontations with neighbouring Boer farmers and the dominant Dutch Reformed Church, Schmidt was forced to leave the Cape. When the Moravians were allowed to return in 1792, the missionaries found remnants of the first missionary congregation still active. From Genadendal the mission spread throughout the Cape colony.

The Moravian Church in South Africa of today has two regions (Western and Eastern) and is largely confined to the old Cape Province. Even though it is an independent church, it has historical links to the Lutheran church going back many years. It is a member of LUCSA; AACC; SACC; LWF; and MUB.

African Orthodox Church of Africa Archives

The African Orthodox Church of Africa was founded in South Africa in 1924 by priests from the independent African Church. These priests were dissatisfied with the administration of the African Church and believed that they could establish and run an independent church for Black Christians that would be more responsive to their own needs and to the needs of their parishioners.

One of the priests in this group was Daniel William Alexander whose leadership abilities were recognized by the others. At the very same meeting in which the priests decided to resign from the African Church and to form their own independent church, they also elected Alexander to the position of bishop.

University of Cape Town Archival and Special Collections

The UCT Archives preserves paper records in two sets of collections:

  • Administrative Archives and
  • the University Libraries’ Special Collections

University of the Western Cape Special Collections and Research Repository

UWC Special Collections:

These collections hold a wide variety of records and different media. The mission of Special Collections is to support UWC in fulfilling its research, teaching and learning goals by collecting, preserving and making accessible primary resource material of unique and enduring research value to graduates, faculty and other researchers.

UWC Research Repository:

The repository is a service that stores, distributes and displays digital copies of research output of UWC faculty. Search across the entire collection or browse amongst the research communities associated with our faculties. Researchers register for an account and are given authorization to deposit files to relevant collections.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology: Service Collections

The various libraries at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology houses an array collections which include a small collection of Africana materials, an audio-visual collection, a transformation collection and a Cape Technikon archive collection.

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