Oral History

Oral History Unit

 

Our mandate:

  • Preserve heritage and memory
  • Record untold histories / stories of our past
  • Fill the missing gaps in current Archives
  • Collect historical relics
  • Promote nation building/social cohesion

 

What we do?

  • Oral history interviews
  • Family Tree and oral history training in schools
  • Transcription services
  • Oral history research
  • Promote collections housed in KZN Archives Repositories
  • Deposit oral history archives in repositories for public usage
  • Encourage individuals and communities to tell their stories
  • Preserve KwaZulu Natal oral tradition/ heritage

 

Current projects:

  1. Political violence in Mpumalanga township
  2. Sports legends
  3. Activism in the 1980s
  4. Family histories
  5. Church history
  6. Liberation history
  7. Amakhosi
  8. Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS)
  9. Artists

 

Upcoming events:

10-11 October 2015: Oral History Association of South Africa (OHASA) 2015 learner camp

12 October 2015: Flag hoisting event

13-16 October 2015: OHASA 2015 Conference (Durban)

 

How you can get in contact with us?

Address:                      230 Prince Alfred Street, Pietermaritzburg

Office number:           033 341 3049

Email:                          Muziwandile Hadebe (hadebem@kzndac.gov.za)

 

Agenda: Empowering women for gender equity Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/ragn20 HERstory: Writing women into South African history Mthunzi Zungu, Nozipho Manqele, Calda de Vries, Thato Molefe & Muziwandile Hadebe of the Oral History Unit of the Department of Arts and Culture Published online: 14 Mar 2014. To cite this article: Mthunzi Zungu, Nozipho Manqele, Calda de Vries, Thato Molefe & Muziwandile Hadebe of the Oral History Unit of the Department of Arts and Culture (2014) HERstory: Writing women into South African history, Agenda: Empowering women for gender equity, 28:1, 7-17 To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10130950.2014.871459

 

HERstory: Writing women into South African history Mthunzi Zungu, Nozipho Manqele, Calda de Vries, Thato Molefe and Muziwandile Hadebe of the Oral History Unit of the Department of Arts and Culture abstract It is said that “history is told not as it was but as men saw it”. Women have largely been absent from the telling of our history, despite their vital contribution made in the struggle for freedom. The Department of Arts and Culture currently has an opportunity to record the largely untold micro-histories of South Africans through the recording and archiving of oral histories. The practice of recording oral histories will have two major advantages: 1) acting as a transformational mechanism through which past imbalances are addressed, and functioning as a therapeutic mechanism to deal with South Africa’s turbulent past; and 2) enriching our educational curriculum at all levels, creating deep and thorough archives to be accessed by domestic and international scholars. It is of utmost importance that research needs to be undertaken on women prior to and in the struggle; women’s everyday struggles; and women in leadership positions, among other contemporary issues. 2013 marked the centenary of the 1913 Women’s Anti-Pass Campaign in Bloemfontein – a campaign which served as a turning point in our history, and left a lasting legacy for South African women in the 20th century. De Lauretis’ (1989) statement that “it is the specific properties, qualities or necessary attributes that women have developed or have been bound to historically in their different patriarchal sociocultural contexts which make them women not men” is useful in guiding how we write women’s lives and give women a voice. We, the KwaZulu-Natal Archives, will focus on writing the lives of forgotten heroines/activists like Nokuthela Dube, Portia Ndwandwe, Phyllis Naidoo, Bessie Head, Victoria Mxenge and Charlotte Manye Maxeke.