29 April 2024
We regret to inform you that SAHA is still in the process of being moved to Wits Education Library and our reading room is still closed. We hope to be operational again soonest and will post information about our reopening date as soon as we are able to.
The SAHA reading room will be closed to researchers from March until the end of April 2024. During this time SAHA’s paper-based and ephemera collections will be relocated to the Wits Education Library.
On 6 April, the South African History Archive was officially relaunched at Wits university by its Vice-Chancellor Zeblon Vilakazi.
Notice of Relocation
17 February 2021
Archives to Liberation
15 October 2020
Resistance has been an unavoidable part of our lives as people of African heritage. So much so that it has become fashionable to remember our experience in terms of struggle. This collaborative project between SAHA and DTA is not that kind of project.
The South African Coalition for Transitional Justice (SACTJ) notes with deep concern the decision by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) that it does not intend to pursue charges against two apartheid Security Branch police officers, Seth Sons and Ne
In a precedent setting judgment handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Friday 29 May 2020 the South African History Archive SAHA prevailed in a six year long battle for access to information.
Following the declaration of a national state of disaster by President Cyril Ramaphosa, we thought it prudent to help unpack the Disaster Management Act No. 57 of 2002 which enabled the announcement made by the president.
On March 3, 2020, SAHA and the SARB appear before a court of law once again. This time, to argue and appeal lodged by SAHA following the March 2018 ruling from the High Court.

SAHA’s new address

The South African History Archive relocated from Constitution Hill to the University of the Witwatersrand in Braamfontein in 2021. The SAHA Reading Room is situated on the East Campus at:

Wits History Workshop
Room 217
2nd Floor
Robert Sobukwe Block

SAHA is open to all users by appointment only on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 08h30 and 14h00 and on Wednesdays between 08h30 and 13h00. We are currently closed on Fridays.

For more information about visiting the archives, please email