AL3289 :: The Mafela Trust collection

Collection No: AL3289
Title: The Mafela Trust collection
Creator: Inventory created by Debora Matthews, January 2012
Origination: Mafela Trust
Inclusive Dates: 1979-2011
Bulk Dates: 1990-2009
Extent: 0.5 linear metres (5 archival boxes) of paper-based materials; digital materials; photographs; audio and video materials
Language: English
Acquisition: 11/020; 11/022
Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research
Use Restrictions: Copyright restrictions may apply. See SAHA copyright statement for Use Restrictions.
Created: 20 January 2012
Abstract: Established in 1989 by a group of freedom fighters of the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) to research and document the lost history of ZAPU and its armed wing, the Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army (ZPRA) during the liberation war in Zimbabwe, the Mafela Trust launched numerous national projects in an attempt to recoup what has been lost. The Fallen Heroes project - an identification and commemoration of those who died during the liberation war, and the War Graves project – the location and subsequent exhumation of war graves, as well as further research and oral history projects bear testament to the Mafela Trust's determination to recover the ZAPU/ZPRA history, including documenting the history around the formal alliance with Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the military wing of the African National Congress (ANC). The materials produced as part of these projects form the bulk of the Mafela Trust collection at SAHA and include paper-based and digital materials, photographs, oral history interviews and video material. These materials, identified as endangered in the course of a research, digitisation and oral history project conducted by SAHA in 2010 and 2011, were relocated to Johannesburg in 2011 for comprehensive archival processing. A selection of materials in this collection has been digitised.
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