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Ecumenical Monitoring Programme in South Africa (EMPSA) records

  • ZA HPRA AG2466
  • Fonds
  • 1992 - 1994

The Geneva office of EMPSA, responsible for recruiting, screening and selecting international monitors for the purposes of the programme, could then forward names to EMPSA South Africa for a final decision and endorsement. In practice, given the urgency of the situation, much of the liaison took place directly between international partners (church bodies; non-governmental organisations) and EMPSA South Africa.

Correspondence, lists, profiles on monitors and application forms resulted from this 'recruitment drive' and they are included in the collection.

The Johannesburg based EMPSA head office was responsible for coordinating the programme within South Africa. It provided the base from which monitors were deployed to various regions. Minutes, reports, correspondence, press statements and publications generated by this office are included.

Detailed reports, each with its own distinctive character, submitted by successive monitoring teams deployed in priority areas such as KwaZulu Natal, the Eastern Cape and the PWV make up the bulk of this collection. It should be kept in mind when reading the reports that some of the monitors, unfamiliar with the circumstances in which they found themselves and given the shortness of their stay (approximately six weeks), experienced difficulties in adjusting to the many demands that were placed upon them during the course of their work. Thus certain reports might represent events in a 'subjective light'.

This in no way invalidates their relevance as social documents attempting to convey the intensity of events as they unfolded. Daily and weekly reports (this includes correspondence) supplements the monitors regional final reports. During the approach to the elections, and the elections themselves, the EMPSA monitoring presence was increased. Election teams were grouped under specific areas in a particular region and their reports can also be found under daily/weekly reports.

Monitors were handed background information packs at the start of their programme. They were also issued with a uniform which served to identify the programme. These items are to be found in the collection.

EMPSA worked closely with church networks and established links with other non-governmental organisations, both nationally and internationally. Some of these records are reflected in the collection, notably the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the Independent Forum for Electoral Education (IFEE), the National Peace Accord, the Network of Independent Monitors, the Panel of Religious Leaders for Electoral Justice, Media Monitoring Projects and other observer missions to South Africa.

Other topics in the form of background documents are also included. They include education/youth, election monitoring and observing, policing, negotiations and violence.

Ecumenical Monitoring Programme in South Africa (EMPSA)

Justice and Peace records

  • ZA HPRA AG2613
  • Fonds
  • 1982 - 1996

This collection is drawn from the Johannesburg Office of Justice and Peace. However it also contains material pertaining to national structures such as the SACBC and its various commissions including the Diocesan Commission for Justice and Peace with the Episcopal Vicar at its head.

This Office had painstakingly built up a resource centre which focused on certain topics such as Aids, Human Rights, Negotiations, Elections etc. In certain cases material which is duplicated elsewhere has been removed and reintegrated with other collections. This includes publications produced by The Black Sash, The Human Rights Commission, The Independent Board of Inquiry and Peace Action, all of whose papers are housed in Historical Papers. Journals which have been removed include: Constitutional Talk, RDP News, MPD News - Newsletter of the Institute for Multi-Party Democracy, Africa South, Work in Progress, NRDF Rural Monitor, Prodder Newsletter - Programme for Development Research and certain United Nations publications. All of the above can be found in various library depots situated on Wits Campus.

Justice and Peace

Leo Fouche

  • ZA HPRA A1071
  • Fonds
  • 1387 - 1791

The collection contains documents of the (French) Ministry of Water and Forest, principally pertaining to Albert François de Stappens, King's Councillor and Minister of Waters and Forests. In addition to the official documents on land disputes, surveying, road work and forestry, there are household accounts of Madame de Stappens for wine, dresses, jewellery, furniture, hats and meat. Also included are documents of the various estates, including the Seigneuries of Corbinaut and Herlies (Beaufremez family), the Marquisat of Roubaix (d'Essart family), as well as a 14th century document of the d'Ays family. Subjects are leases, sales of land, conditions of vassals and tenant farmers, estate expenses, land disputes and appointment of bailiffs.

Donald Rolfe Hunt Papers

  • ZA HPRA A1655
  • Fonds
  • 1860-1946

This collection comprises the memoirs and some of the official and personal papers of Donald Rolfes Hunt, a Sub-Native Commissioner who worked amongst the Bapedi people in the Lydenburg district of the Transvaal in the early Twentieth Century.

Reference is made to Hunt's experiences in the 2nd Anglo-Boer war and the first world war, but the collection focuses on the history, culture and administration of the people with whom he worked: the Bapedi; the Bakgatla, the Barolong, the Batlokwa & the Batlov. Much of the material relates to directives of The Native Affairs Department of The Transvaal; also included are government and other publications, annotated by Hunt, as well as maps and a photograph album compiled by Hunt. He died on 3 May 1949.

Hunt, Donald Rolfe

Arthur Aaron Boss

  • ZA HPRA A1631
  • Fonds
  • 1879

Arthur Aaron Boss (1861-1955) was a soldier and stockbroker. His diary, dated 22 February - 29 June 1879, relates to the campaign against Chief Morosi, the taking of the mountain and death of the Chief which resulted in the decline of the Baphuti tribe. It is accompanied by a plan of the mountain, a typscript of the diary by Dr P.H. Butterfield (30 pages) and an article on the campaign in The Star, 29 June 1929. The original can be found in the Johannesburg Public Library.

Johannesburg Public Library

  • ZA HPRA A1913
  • Fonds
  • 1902 - 1950

The clippings cover a great variety of subjects including education, health, arts, housing, roads, traffic, race relations, Johannesburg City Council, to name a few.

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