Key aspects of our history are now available to us online at the click of a mouse, writes South African History Archive director PIERS PIGOU
THE South African History Archive (SAHA) is committed to making archives accessible to as many South Africans as possible.
Established in the 1980s, its founding principal was to promote the recapturing of our lost and neglected history and to record history in the making. This informed a focus on documenting the struggles against apartheid. Today there is an equal emphasis on documenting the making of democracy.
In 2001 SAHA launched its Freedom of Information Programme, dedicated to using the Promotion of Access to Information Act in order to extend the boundaries of freedom of information and to build up an archive of materials released under the Act for public use.
In 2003 the Struggles for Justice Programme was established in order to follow through on the original motivations behind the formation of SAHA by preserving and creating access to both recent acquisitions and past collections of records held in the archive.
SAHA’s Freedom of Information Programme and Struggles for Justice Programme provide online itemized listings of their holdings. By identifying the records group that you would like to consult, it is possible to request the information on our website • www.saha.org.za>.
Simply select ’Information request". Fill out ’Form A: Holdings Request’ being sure to provide us with the record number and your contact details. Click the submit button at the bottom of the page. Your request will be responded to by the programme manager.
Alternatively, contact our offices by email <firstname.lastname@example.org>
, or telephonically during working hours. Please also contact us if you require guidance accessing the archival materials located on the Sunday Times Heritage Project website.