Mpumalanga Archives and Records Management Services are a good custodian of our national pride, cultures, norms, beliefs and traditions. “The public program of the National Archives is geared at opening up the archives to the public and drawing in or creating new users, of designing the National Archives and Records Service’ public programming as the condition for an interaction and interface between the public archives and society.” *
On September Thursday 20, by 11 am, there was a sea of faces at Simile Community Hall. Members of the Department of Archives and Records Management came to educate those present and let people know about the services that they offer.
“The purpose of the outreach is to inform the community about the service which we offer in archives. Also, for them to have access to information, like records of the State, from 20 years ago. The records came from the provincial departments and local municipalities,” said Nkitseng Mahalefa, Deputy Director of Archives and Records Management.
Throughout the meeting, people were encouraged to access information, because it’s of the prime importance to know and understand the social and economic background of the nation.
More than 100 people attended. The records management component is responsible for the proper management and care of records, including electronic records, whilst still in the custody of governmental bodies in Mpumalanga.
“The programme is good for me as a member of our family because it helps me to trace my family history by the birth, marriage and death register,” said Jerome Mashego, who attended the presentation.
At the same time, the archives have records of maps, plans and sketches, documenting the different administration systems used in South Africa since colonial times, as well as regional, municipal and farm boundaries, and architectural drawings of buildings and houses.
After the presentation from the outreach section staff members, people were blessed with special handbags, pens, and special archives and records booklets which summarized the dialogue.