South Africa Collections

The Sabinet African Archives portal currently offers an index to collections within academic institutions of South Africa. We are busy expanding this index. Sabinet also offers a hosting and digitisation solution to online collection holders to make it more discoverable to researchers globally.

Disclaimer — The collections listed on the Sabinet African Archives may include materials that reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. These materials are presented as part of historical records. Inclusion of these materials does not mean endorsement of or agreement with by Sabinet on any views or terms expressed in the descriptions and/or materials. Read more …

Blockhouse Musuem


Based on a blockhouse at Bergville, the only one remaining in KwaZulu-Natal. The McMaster’s replica contains a remarkable display relating to both the Anglo Zulu and Anglo Boer Wars Source

Research


Research is at the heart of the Museum and occurs in different forms and settings. It is present through a memory methodology that uses mapping, oral history and action research…

The Resource Centre


A significant percentage of the Museum’s collection exists as documentary evidence of people’s lives in District Six and in the greater Cape Town. It includes newspaper records, original identity cards,…

The Sound Archive


The Sound Archive has generated an extensive institutional archive that holds information on the various memory methodology workshops, conferences and symposia organised by or held in the Museum. Topics are…

Transnet Heritage Library Collection


Transnet Freight Rail is also taking care of the Heritage Library. The library’s collection  includes   Corporate Annual Report, railway related journals  and books, The  South African Railways & Harbours Magazine…

General Information


Information about political parties, organizations and liberation movements, yearly surveys by the SA Institute of Race Relations, a catalogue of violence organized by region, biographies of people interviewed, further reading…

Mac Maharaj


This is the official web site for O'Malley's Shades of Difference: MacMaharaj and the Struggle for South Africa, published by Penguin books in April/May 2007.  It chronicles the life and times…

Transformation (1999-)


The Mandela presidency ends and Thabo Mbeki takes the helm.  Economic policy stresses fiscal prudence, getting the "fundamentals" right. AGSiSA replaces GEAR as the engine for growth and development; Black…

Post-Transition (1994 – 1999)


The early days of democracy after the 1994 elections. Chronologies, demography and economy, surveys by SA Institute of Race Relations, and extracts from the Truth and Reconcilation commission including transcripts…