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Jo'burg City, Whose City?

  • ZA SAHA AL2548
  • Fonds
  • 1970s-1990

The collection of 41 folio photographs includes photographs from the late 1970s to the early 1990s from photographers Karen Fletcher, David Goldblatt, Jenny Gordon, Ingrid Hudson, Lesley Lawson, Gideon Mendel, Santu Mofokeng, Ken Oosterbroek, Graeme Williams, Gisele Wulfsohn and Anna Zieminski.

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Verne Harris Collection

  • ZA SAHA AL3068
  • Fonds
  • 1996-2002

Materials collected from TRC Archival Audit.

The TRC Archival Audit

SAHA and Historical Papers, University of Witwatersrand have embarked on a project to locate and retrieve records relating to the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC). The project entailed conducting an archival audit of all existing TRC records in order to identify and locate documentation in danger of being lost.

In the process of conducting the archival audit, SAHA and HP located many collections from individuals and organizations that participated in the TRC process. Selections from these materials as well as TRC related material found in the freedom of Information Collection and other pre-existing SAHA and HP collections, were digitized and can be accessed online at http://truth.wwl.wits.ac.za/.

A guide to archival resources relating to South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission can also be found at: http://truth.wwl.wits.ac.za/trc_directory.pdf

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Merle Favis Collection

  • ZA SAHA AL3073
  • Fonds
  • 1986-1990

This collection is the result of Merle Favis' many years of activism. The collection includes correspondence, newsletters, newspaper cuttings, minutes of meetings, press releases, speeches and miscellaneous materials. Some of the organizations represented in this collection result from Merle gathering materials from fellow activists in Johannesburg and Durban.

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AIDS in Context Conference Collection

  • ZA SAHA AL2880
  • Fonds
  • 2001

The conference proceedings comprised a keynote address by Justice Edwin Cameron (Supreme Court Judge active in the fight for the rights of gay and HIV positive South Africans), parallel sessions (totalling 26 over three days) and panel discussions on Media and HIV/AIDS and Prevention and Behaviour change. The conference proceedings have been arranged alphabetically according to the name of the presenter. Sound recordings of some of the proceedings are included. The posters were used for the protest march held in Pretoria as part of the Treatment Action Campaign, after which they were on display at Wits to coincide with the Conference and are placed with the Poster Collection (AL2446). The ephemera were also on exhibition at Wits as part of the "Living Openly Exhibition" and are placed with the Ephemera Collection (AL2540 - A268)

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Multi-Party Negotiation Collection

  • ZA SAHA AL3078
  • Fonds
  • 1993

This collection is made up of documents containing information that relates to the negotiations that took place at the end of Apartheid in South Africa and the subsequent discussions that would precede the first ever democratic, free and fair elections in South Africa in 1994.

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Mark Swilling Collection

  • ZA SAHA AL3067
  • Fonds
  • 1977-2000

The collection includes three series. The School of Public and Development Management series include conference and seminar documents, and documents related to urbanisation, the reconstruction and development programme, public development and Gauteng government. The PLANACT series include area and case specific documents, local government documents, documents associated with the Institute for Planning Research, documents describing some of PLANACT's Gauteng initiatives, the organisational processes of PLANACT and the Golden Highway Development Corporation. The Central Witwatersrand Metropolitan Chamber series includes documents on detentions and court cases, Soweto Development, Chamber meetings and related process, task teams and working groups and the Regional Services Council.

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Noel Stott Collection

  • ZA SAHA AL3080
  • Fonds
  • 1979-1990

A sizeable portion of the collection comprises publications issued by student organisations operating on the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Wits campuses. Noel Stott was a student at the UCT from 1978 to 1981, a period of political and social turmoil in South African society.

The Soweto students' uprising of 1976 had indelibly changed the political climate of South Africa, and students across the country were becoming increasingly militant. An ever-more desperate Apartheid regime attempted to maintain its stranglehold on the masses by invoking emergency powers, and employed its security forces to clamp down on so-called dissidents. The South African Defence Force (SADF) was embroiled in a war against the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) in what was then South West Africa (now Namibia), and was further involved in incursions into neighbouring Angola, in support of Jonas Savimbi's UNITA movement. "Preemptive strikes" into other frontline states were also launched by security forces against "enemies of the state". Internally, the SADF and South African Police (SAP) were deployed to maintain "order" in non-white townships; the atrocities and abuses committed by the security forces in the pursuit of this objective have been well documented elsewhere.

The SAP also targeted the so-called "liberal" South African universities, such as UCT, the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), and Rhodes University. Student leaders were frequently targeted, detained, and banned, and student publications were subjected to scrutiny and banned whenever "subversive" material was published. During his student years, Noel collected a large body of the material published by student organisations at UCT, such as newspapers, leaflets, flyers, and pamphlets. This body of material is augmented by similar publications from Wits, donated by acquaintances who had been students there.

This material is significant in that the "student politics" they present highlight many of the issues of the day, such as then-president PW Botha's so-called reforms, military service (which was compulsory for white males at the time), police activity on campuses, government interference in education, the "Quota system", calls for solidarity with the masses, and so on.

The publications clearly illustrate the divisions between "moderate" student organisations and those that favoured the maintenance of the status quo and so-called "radical" organisations calling for mass action to effect change. On occasion, differences between organisations espousing these different views spilled over into violent campus clashes. Student politics on the "liberal" university campuses may not have been very "polished", but it was certainly very passionate!

Noel's involvement with organisations such as JODAC and FFF are represented in the collection. UDF newsletters and magazines, JODAC newsletters and magazines, as well as FFF publications demonstrate the efforts that were being made to draw whites into the democratic movement.

However, the bulk of the collection comprises materials collected as a result of Noel's skills as a librarian and his association with ecumenically oriented NGOs. A sizeable collection of newspapers, magazines and journals, from both Catholic and Protestant organisations within South Africa as well as abroad, combine to create a vivid picture of the vast network of organisations that were working to bring about a just and democratic South Africa (and elsewhere, such as in Namibia).

This is augmented by magazines and journal from the period that deal with more general issues, such as the economy, the arts, and the environment, to name but a few.

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John Barratt Collection

  • ZA SAHA AL3081
  • Fonds
  • 1994

The collection is made up of documents relating to the Sub-council of Foreign Affairs of the Transitional Executive Council. Includes rich documentation of the efforts of the Transitional Executive Council to secure cooperation from international governments and bodies as well as former Homelands in the transition to Democracy in 1994.

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Wendy Watson Collection

  • ZA SAHA AL3093
  • Fonds
  • 1997-1999

The collection comprises five items that document Watson's ongoing concerns with her TRC experience. She also recorded her thoughts about 'third force' operations and violence in the KwaZulu-Natal Region. This records accumulation constitutes a donation of photocopies of Watson's private TRC papers. She has retained the originals.

Materials collected from TRC Archival Audit.

The TRC Archival Audit

Between 2003 and 2006, SAHA and Historical Papers, University of Witwatersrand embarked on a project to locate, retrieve and make available records relating to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC). The project entailed conducting an archival audit of all existing TRC records in order to identify and locate documentation in danger of being lost.

In the process of conducting the archival audit, SAHA and HP located many collections from individuals and organizations that participated in the TRC process, including this collection. Selections from these materials as well as TRC related material found in the freedom of Information Collection and other pre-existing SAHA and HP collections, were digitized and can be accessed online at http://truth.wwl.wits.ac.za/

A guide to archival resources relating to South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission can also be found at http://www.saha.org.za/pdf/trc_directory.pdf

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Foundation for Equality Before the Law Collection

  • ZA SAHA AL3097
  • Fonds
  • 1996

Materials collected for TRC Archival Audit.

The TRC Archival Audit

Between 2003 and 2006, SAHA and Historical Papers, University of Witwatersrand embarked on a project to locate, retrieve and make available records relating to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC). The project entailed conducting an archival audit of all existing TRC records in order to identify and locate documentation in danger of being lost.

In the process of conducting the archival audit, SAHA and HP located many collections from individuals and organizations that participated in the TRC process, including this collection. Selections from these materials as well as TRC related material found in the freedom of Information Collection and other pre-existing SAHA and HP collections, were digitized and can be accessed online at http://truth.wwl.wits.ac.za/

A guide to archival resources relating to South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission can also be found at http://www.saha.org.za/pdf/trc_directory.pdf

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