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Recorded history is only way to tell a nation's story

By unknown | Dec 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

The pitfalls of a nation without a recorded history were highlighted yesterday at a two-day conference attended by archivists.

The conference brought together hundreds of delegates and archivists at Durban's Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre.

The conference, hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal department of arts, culture and tourism, is aimed at showcasing services rendered by the archives section and how it can be used to benefit other government departments and society at large.

Provincial MEC for arts culture and tourism, Weziwe Thusi, said the increasing use of electronic records management systems by governmental bodies to conduct their business has significantly changed the way records are created and maintained.

"National government has clear objectives for revitalising government's use of IT and has put in place a number of strategies including the promulgation of the Electronic Communication Act."

She said electronic records management poses a particular challenge to governmental bodies and to the KwaZulu-Natal archives.

"The challenge is that of managing the changeover."

KwaZulu-Natal Archives have been given the responsibility of recording oral history.

"Oral recordings are a vital tool for our understanding of the past, and enables people whose stories were previously suppressed to be heard and in a way that gives them the opportunity to heal by sharing their stories."


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