The National Archive Awareness Week

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The department hosted the 2013 annual National Archives Awareness Week under the theme “The role of Records/Archives in Deepening Democracy” between 6-10 May at the National Film, Video and Sound Archives (NFVSA) building in Pretoria.

picture: Students during the visit at National Archive

During this period students, researchers, historians, academics and the public were able to visit the national archive and learn how historical records and information are archived. The public took the tour in and around the NARSA building, and were shown the facilities and materials used to keep and preserve documents.

The week-long event was officially opened by Ms Mandy Gilder, Chief Director for National Archives Record Services. Addressing leaners from two Gauteng schools, Gilder expressed the importance of preserving South Africa’s documentary and audio-visual heritage and highlighted career paths available within the profession. Hundreds of learners from Tswelopele and JB Matabane secondary schools toured the site to learn about various services offered by the NARSA. Furthermore, the visitors also learned about the importance of preserving the country’s textual and audio-visual legacy.

Archives are a source of undiluted history of the country, contributing to nation-building, social cohesion and empowerment. Access to information forms the basis of economic empowerment and, through the work of the National Archives, can contribute to the objectives of the Mzansi Golden Economy being realised.