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South African History Archive (SAHA) PLANACT Collection
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PLANACT Collection

  • ZA SAHA AL2566
  • Fonds
  • 1988 - 1992

The initial deposit of Planact material was made when the premises that Planact occupied in Rockey Street, Yeoville were literally bursting at the seams.

This was mainly material in their storerooms.

This was the documentation of completed projects that Planact was involved with, and the files from the offices staff who had resigned from Planact.

Before the new staff occupied the office, the 'old' material was packed up and kept in the storeroom.

The bulk of the Planact material, however, was transferred to SAHA after they moved to their new premises in Braamfontein.

This also included the documents from the offices of ex-Planact employees and from the Planact Resource Centre which was closed down.

The bulk of the collection covers the period 1988 - 1992. There is a gap of earlier Planact material - both of the project work and the internal organisational material. An attempt has been made to separate the project documentation (Sections 1-49 & Sections A1-A70) from the organisation records (Sections P1-P9).

However, this was not totally possible as in some instances there was a blurring of distinction when project work was discussed at meetings, and memos and reports written.

The first deposit was roughly sorted, and listed by Ephraim Siluma.

When Ephraim had almost completed, the second acquisition arrived.

It was then decided to incorporate this with the first, and to rework the classification scheme using the broad headings that the (newly arrived) boxes were labelled with (Sections 1-49).

Sections A1-A70 was added to incorporate material that was either misfiled, marked miscellaneous or unknown.

Planact did not have a centralised filing scheme - each staff kept their documents in various systems with some using the Resource Centre as a repository.

As a result there are overlaps and duplications in some of the sections.

Where possible this has been weeded out. Given the size of the collection, documents on particular topics or townships are dispersed throughout the collection.

An attempt has been made to cross-reference material to assist researchers in finding related material.

Given the voluminous nature of the collection, 3 people have worked on this collection and creating this finding aid.

This is based on the Planact Annual Reports, informational leaflets and brief discussions with an ex-Planact employee.


File 2

Includes: Paper on The Economics of Structures of Decentralisation, Oct 1991.

File 1

Includes: Department of Local Government Briefing and Proposals, 12 January 1994; Paper on Local Government in Transition and the Options for Interim Administrative Arrangements,; Paper on Local Government Submission.

File 5

Includes: Kimberley City Council Position Paper on Negotiations and the Role of the Civic Associations in the Local Government Process; Paper on Local Government : A Broad Overview; Paper on A New System of Local Government for South Africa: Summary Statement; WBS Report for Planact on Local Government Staffing and Training.

File 7

Includes: Municipal Development Programme-Local Government Perspectives Newsletter, November 1994; Local Government Affairs Council, Lenasia South East Executive Committee Meeting: Notice and Agenda, 10 August 1994.

File 1

Includes: Planact Local Govt Unit Fax on the Notice of Working Group 1 Meeting, May 3 1993; Planact's Rabie Ridge Workshop on Local Government and Electricity, 10 November 1990; Planact's Paper on An Introduction to Issues of Municipal Finance- Prepared for Duduza Civic Association.

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