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International Conference in East London  31/10/12 -02/11/12 

Pretoria, Monday, 15 October 2012:  The National Heritage Council of South Africa announced that it will host the International Conference on Liberation Archives at the International Convention Centre in East London from 31 October to 2 November 2012. “The importance of memory as a means to drive social cohesion and nation building lies at the heart of our young democracy”, said Adv. Sonwabile Mancotywa, Chief Executive Officer of the National Heritage Council. “We know that there are certain sectors of our society that want us to get ‘over it’ and ‘move on’, but we cannot do this without a clear understanding of where we have come from. Once we have this real and sometimes painful interpretation, we are then better equipped to move forward ensuring that we do not repeat past mistakes”.


The South African government has made immense strides in strengthening organisations which focus on the preservation and management of archival records that build a collective memory serving all its citizens. However, the sector acknowledges the high risk that is faced by some of the historic material that is invaluable evidence of the country’s liberation struggle. The National Heritage Council, as the custodian of our heritage, aims to transform, protect and promote South African heritage for sustainable development. “Whilst we have collected considerable archival material since 1994, we know that there is a host of information out there, in various forms, both here in South Africa and abroad, and it is critical that we identify these and start the collection process,” continued Mancotywa.


The conference themed “Archives Deepening Democracy” has attracted a range of international and local speakers covering panel discussions that will focus on digitisation of the archives of social and liberation movements; archives of the state; archives of solidarity; archives for social change; archives and social transformation; and case studies and publications.


The International Conference on Liberation Archives, in partnership with the University of Fort Hare, Nelson Mandela Foundation, Nelson Mandela Museum and the liberation movements, is a pillar of the Liberation Heritage Route project which aims to identify and develop precincts on the sites of historical and heritage significance.

Further information:


Please contact:

Mr. Danny Goulkan

Communications Manager

National Heritage Council (NHC)

Office:  012 348 1663


Tentative Programme


Archives deepening democracy conference

Day before


Delegates register on arrival from 12h00 to 22h00

Day 1 31 October 2012

07h00-09h00 Registration

Opening Session

Master of Ceremonies: Adv S. Mancotywa, CEO National Heritage Council of SA

09h00-10h00 Guests to be seated

10h00- 10h30 Arrival of the VIP’S

10H30 -11h00 Performance

11h00 – 11H05 South African National Anthem

11h05 – 11h20 Welcome address: Premier Noxolo Kiviet

11h20 – 11h40 Introduction of the National Chairperson of the ANC: Mr Aziz Pahad

11h40 – 12h10 Keynote Address by Ms Baleka Mbete

12h10 – 12h20 Vote of thanks: MEC Ms Xoliswa Tom

12h20 – 12h40 Documentary screening

12h40 – 13h00 Performance

13h00 – 14h00 Lunch

Panel 1

14h00 – 17h00

Digitisation of the archives of social and liberation movements

Chairperson: Mr Mandla Langa

14h00 – 14h20 Peter Dewah and Vuyolethu Feni-Fete, Issues and prospects of

digitizing liberation movements archives held at the University  of Fort Hare, South Africa

14h20 – 14h40 Roger Layton and Majorie Jobson, Digitization as a means of

document shared histories of the liberation struggle

14h40 – 15h00 Paul Weinberg, The digital and the democratic movement:

A perspective from UCT Special collection

15h00 – 15h20 Grant and Niall Mc Nulty, Ulwazi Programmes Contribution to

ongoing transformation in the heritage sector through technology

15h20 – 15h40 David Larsen: Digitising ANC Archives

15h40 – 16h00 Discussant: Mr Verne Harris

16h00 – 17h00 Discussions

Panel 2

Archives of the State

Chairperson: Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi

14h00 – 14h20 Fezeka Gxwayibeni- activate

14h20 – 14h40 Madeleine Fullard, Missing persons task team of the NPA

14h40 – 15h00 Catherine Kennedy- executive director of the South African

Historical society

15h00 – 15h20 Jo-Anne Duggan, Director of Archival Platform

15h20 – 15h40 Dr Olusegun Morakinyo, Conserving and archiving of

Intangible Heritage of African Liberation Struggle: A case study of the UWC RIM

Mayibuye Archives and the African programme in museum and heritage studies

15h40 -16h00 Discussant: Dr Andre Odendaal

16h00 – 17h00 Discussions

Panel 3

Archives of solidarity

Chairperson: Professor W Kgositsile

14h00 – 14h20 Dr Andrey Urnov, ANC Archives from 1966-1990 in the former USSR

14h20 – 14h40 Professor Richard Knight, Challenges of the African activists

archive project based in the United States of America

14h40 – 15h00 Dr Kier Schuringa (International Institute of Social history Netherlands)

15h00 – 15h20 Dr Howard Dodson (Howard University, Washington D.C USA)

15h20 – 15h40 Mikhail Konovalenro, MK archives in Angola, 1985 -1988

15h40 – 16h40 Discussant: Gordon Metz

16h40 – 17h00 Discussions

Day 2 1 November 2012


Chairperson: Dr Bheki Mngomezulu

Reports from panel discussions

08h00 – 08h30 Panel 1

08h30 – 09h00 Panel 2

09h00 – 09h30 Panel 3

09h30 – 10h00 Tea

Panel 4

Archives for social change

10h00 – 14h00

Chairperson: Luli Callinicos

10h00 – 10h20 Dr Marjorie Jobson, Archives deepening democracy: A case

study of Khulumani support group documentation for advancing truth, justice

and reconciliation in South Africa


10h20 – 10h40 Dr Renate Meyer, Centre for Popular Memory,

Activating archives for social benefit

10h40 – 11h00 Mthobisi Mkhize, Archives, Social cohesion, and exercise of

active citizenship

11h00 – 11h20 Professor Carolyn Hamilton, Archive, Citizenship, and

social cohesion: A Critical examination

11h20 – 12h20 Discussant: Mr Jabulani Sithole

12h20 – 13h00 Discussions

13h00-14h00 Lunch

Panel 5

Archives and social transformation

Chairperson: NHC Council Chairperson, Mr Mxolisi Zwane

10h00 – 10h20 Dr Dumisani Ndabane and Isla Haddow-Flood, Collaboration,

Creative Commons and Archives

10h20 – 10h40 Dr David Brits, Visual History archive-Natural Knowledge explorer

10h40 – 11h00 Bongani Mavuso, Deepening democracy through the archival

richness in the African soil

11h00 – 11h20 Dr Siona O’Connell, The Aftermath of Oppression: In search

of resolution through an ordinary archive of forcibly removed

11h20 – 11h40 Gordon Metz

11h40 – 12h00 Discussant: Professor Luvuyo Wotshela

12h00 – 13h00 Discussions

13h00 -14h00 Lunch

Day 3 2 November 2012

Panel 6

Archives of the liberation movements and the state of archives in Africa

Chairperson: Ms Pumla Madiba

10h00 -10h20 Catherine Moyo, “Make hay while the sun shines.”

An assessment of the acquisition, preservation and access of the liberation holdings

of the National archives of Zimbabwe

10h20 – 10h40 Gianluca Grassi, Regio Emilia and African Archives

10h40 – 11h00 Vusi Tsabedze, Records management in public sector Swaziland

11h00 – 11h20 Collence Chisita, Challenges and Opportunities for revitalising

the role of the National Archives in socio-cultural transformation: A Case of Zimbabwe

11h20 – 11h40 Dr Lekoko Kenosi, Courage and Betrayal in the Diaspora: The 

exiled archives of the South African liberation movements in Botswana

11h40 – 12h00 Discussant: Mr Themba Wakashe

Panel 7

Case studies and publications

Chairperson: DG of Arts and Culture, Mr Sibusiso Xaba

10h00 -10h20 Thabo R Sibangisa, The Aftermath of June 16 to date,

“waar was jy, where were you”

10h20 – 10h40 Reedwan Vally, The contribution of jazz music in the

struggle for liberation

10h40 – 11h00 Angela Mc Celland, Red on Black: The story of South

Africa poster movement

11h00 – 11h20 Francis Garaba, Lutheran theological institute Library

11h20 – 11h40 Neo Ramoupi

11h40 – 12h00 Discussant: Dr Phindezwa Mnyaka

12h00 – 13h00 Discussions

13h00 – 14h00 Lunch



Chairperson: NHC General Manager, Mr Thendo Ramagoma

14h00 -14h10 Panel 1

14h10 – 14h20 Panel 2

14h20 -14h30 Panel 3

14h30 – 15h00 Panel 4

15h00 – 15h10 Panel 5

15h10 -15h20 Panel 6

15h20 – 15h30 Panel 7

15h30 – 16h00 Closure by Dr Pallo Jordan















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