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SANNC Postage Stamp

  • ZA HPRA A3326
  • Fonds
  • 2012

Sheet of postage stamps, first-day cover and explanatory text.

South African Post Office

Papers of Carien Engelbrecht

  • ZA HPRA A3330
  • Fonds
  • 1994 - 2003

The CASE studies (Community Agency for Social Enquiry) contained in the collection were commissioned by Carien Engelbrecht during her time at the Gauteng Department of Housing and Land Affairs, to track the impact of land release and informal settlement activities. From a policy point of view, the purpose of the CASE study was to show that proactive, positive engagement with land hunger and informal settlement formation was far more effective from an economic and social development perspective than doing nothing. The study tracked the changes over time. The conclusions of the study speak for themselves, as the provision of security of tenure within "official" land release and informal settlement programmes led to rapid economic and social change that was not matched in "illegal" sites. This perspective strongly informed subsequent work in the Department. The Final Report on the Alexandra Renewal Programme (see B9) was compiled by Carien Engelbrecht on her leaving the Department, after she pointed out issues of corruption.

Engelbrecht, Carien

Papers of Vishwas SATGAR

  • ZA HPRA A3332
  • Fonds
  • 1955 - 2011

The collection contains the papers of Vishwas Satgar, relating to his work as a member of the South African Communist Party (SACP).

Satgar, Vishwas

Madelaine Georgette Exhibition

  • ZA HPRA A3343
  • Fonds
  • 2012

The book "A Just Society" has been published to mark the occasion of the exhibition of 48 works of art by Madelaine Georgette at the Wits Origins Centre in 2012. These works were donated to Wits University, to be accessible in a number of permanent locations across the University after the exhibition. The themes of the project are Apartheid and South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Georgette, Madelaine

Chancellor House Painting

  • ZA HPRA A3344
  • Fonds

Material submitted together with the original artwork of Chancellor House, the offices of Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo, the first black legal practice in Johannesburg.

Sher, Eric

Jan De Veer

  • ZA HPRA A3353
  • Fonds

An insight into life in the early 1900s: an autobiography written by a Dutch immigrant who came to South Africa in 1893.

De Veer, Johannes

William Francis Littleton

  • ZA HPRA A721
  • Fonds
  • 1877 - 1888

44 letters and extracts of letters, 1877, inserted into a letter-book, (containing a book-plate of W.F. Littleton and annotations in his own hand) from W.F. Littleton. to his family in England.

87 loose letters & 1 incomplete scrap, 1878-1880 from W.F. Littleton to his family, mainly his mother.

1 letter 1879 April 26, from H. Hallam Parr, Pretoria, to Lady Hatherton, (mother of W.F. Littleton), relating to Sir. B. Frere and his own wish to rejoin his regiment.

1 letter 1879 May 27, from Miss Catherine Frances Frere, daughter of Sir Bartle Frere, Cape Town, to Lady Hatherton, enclosing a telegraph to say that W.F. Littleton was at Bloemfontein.

1 extract of letter 1879 September 25, from Geo. Slade, Junr. United Services Club, to Lady Frere, describing a visit of condolence to the Empress of France, on the death of the Prince Imperial in Zululand.

1 letter 1888 May 28, from B. Frere, son of Sir Bartle, Myinsyan, Upper Burmah, to W.F. Littleton, condoling with him on the death of his father.

W.F. Littleton's letters to his family give a detailed account of political life in South Africa because he accompanied Sir B. Frere to South Africa as Private Secretary and remained with Sir Bartle from 1877-1880 while he was Governor of the Cape, until he was recalled in 1880. These were eventful years and there are interesting comments on the Kaffir War, the annexation of the Transvaal, the Zulu War, the annexation of Griqualand West, the native question and the possibility of Confederation in Southern Africa.

As well as being of considerable political importance, the letters give an interesting account of social life in South Africa. There is an excellent description of a ball given at Government House in honour of the Queen's Birthday. His comments are amusing, and sometimes vitriolic, on notabilities such as President T. Burgers, Bishop Colenso, Cetewayo, General Cunnynghame, Sir B. Frere, J.X. Merriman, J.C. Molteno, Sir T. Shepstone, Saul Solomon and Dr J. Stewart of Lovedale.

Littleton, William Francis

Papers of Leopold Amon Vidler

  • ZA HPRA A724
  • Fonds
  • 1892 - 1893

The papers consist of a diary kept during 1892 when he was in South Africa, together with correspondence between Vidler and his mother for the same period.

While not being of any great importance, the letters do given interesting descriptions of towns such as Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, King Williams Town and Durban and also reflect on the social life of South Africa at that time.

Vidler, Leopold Amon

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