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Bureau of Literacy and Literature, Records

  • ZA HPRA AD1432
  • Fonds
  • 1945 - 1970

In April 1946 a five-year project was initiated, which aimed at developing materials and techniques for literacy classes for African adults, particularly on the gold mines, using methods developed by Frank Laubach in the Philippines in the 1930s. It was started by the South African Institute of Race Relations, and conducted through a special committee whose members included specialists form government departments, and with finance provided by the Department of Education, The Bantu Welfare Trust, private donors, and the Institute.

The years 1952 1964 were a pre-Bureau period in which work continued, and on the 1 April 1964, the Bureau of Literacy and Literature became an independent voluntary organisation, and was registered as a `non-profit making company'.

The teaching methods were based on Dr Frank Laubach's phonetic alphabet, which he developed in the 1930s in the Phillippines, and which were applicable in different languages, by using the sound of a syllable in association with a familiar picture. He would later be called "apostle of mass literacy".

South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR)

Commission of Inquiry into the occurrences at Sharpeville (and other places) on the 21st March 1960, Court cases

  • ZA HPRA AD1720
  • Fonds
  • 1960

The collection contains the minutes of evidence collected by the Commission, as well as the exhibits and judgement.

It includes among others the submissions on behalf of Bishop Ambrose Reeves from the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, who was instrumental in demanding that the Government at the time establish a Commission of Inquiry.

South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR)

Committee appointed to enquire into disturbances at Native educational institutions, Report, 1947

  • ZA HPRA AD1760
  • Fonds
  • 26 July 1947

The Committee was established by the Department of Education, to investigate the disturbances at state-aided educational institutions for Africans, with boarding establishments. The Chairman of the Committee was D.McK. Malcom, and the members were D.D.T. Jabavu, R.E. Phillips and H.R. Storey. The Report was released on the 26 July 1947.

Union of South Africa

Conference on education for progress with special reference to the needs of the Coloured community

  • ZA HPRA A3378
  • Fonds
  • 1971

The item contains Background Papers 1-10, and was provided by the SAIRR for the 1971 Conference.
The statistical data relates to issues such as Projections of the Coloured population 1965-1985, overall enrolment of pupils 1970, enrolment of Coloured pupils 1966-1970, pupil teacher ratio 1969, samples of teachers salaries 1970, provision of school books 1969-1970, and training centres for Coloured cadets.

South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR)

Dube Riots Commission

  • ZA HPRA AD1758
  • Fonds
  • 1957-1958

The Commission was appointed by the City Council of Johannesburg, to enquire into the causes and circumstances of the riots which took place in the vicinity of the Dube Hostel in the South-Western Native Townships over the week-end 14th / 15th September, 1957.

Union of South Africa

Inquest records

  • ZA HPRA AD1455
  • Fonds
  • 1976-1978

Records relating to the inquests on Joseph Mdluli (28 Aug. 1976), Storey Luke Mazwembe (7 Sep. 1976), Mathews Mabelane (14 Apr. 1977), George Botha (3 May 1977, Ernest Mamshila (14 Nov. 1977) and Bonaventure Malaza (5 May 1978).

South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR)

Records of Unrest, Inquests and Bannings

  • ZA HPRA AD2028
  • Fonds
  • 1976-1982

Included are records of inquests into J.Barron, G. Botha, A Khoza, M. Mabelane, B.Malaza, M.E.Malele, E. Mamashila, S.L.Mazwembe, J. Mdluli, 1976-1977; lists of people who died in the Transvaal as a result of the 1976 disturbances, of Port
Elizabeth trials where the accused were legally represented, of detentions and bannings.

South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR)

Security Trials, Court records

  • ZA HPRA AD2021
  • Fonds
  • 1958 - 1982

The collection contains in part the court proceedings of prominent trials against political activists in South Africa.

South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR)

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