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Human rights and the unfinished business of the TRC: an archival intervention

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South African History Archive (SAHA)

The South African History Archive (SAHA) is a registered non-profit trust and non-profit organisation. It is an independent human rights archive dedicated to documenting, supporting, and promoting greater awareness of past and contemporary struggles for justice in South Africa. To this end, SAHA aims to:

  • Recapture lost and neglected histories;
  • Record aspects of South African democracy in the making;
  • Bring history out of the archives and into schools, universities and communitiesin new and innovative ways;
  • Extend the boundaries of freedom of information in South Africa;
  • Raise awareness, both nationally and internationally, of the role of archives and documentation in promoting and defending human rights.


  • Launch exhibition: "The Battle Against Forgetting; Human Rights and the Unfinished Business of the TRC", which was later published as a catalogue with a guide for educators to teaching the TRC. At the same event, SAHA and the SABC launched a Truth Commission Special Report Multimedia productthat includes over 80 hours of a documentary series.
  • SAHA conducted a one-day educator's workshop on 26 February, 2011 in the lead up to Human Rights Day, facilitating a critical examination of the unfinished business of the TRC.
  • SAHA also held learners' workshops in February and March 2011 within the exhibition space, exploring concepts of truth, justice and reconciliation.