Mpumalanga holds archives conference

MPUMALANGA will be holding its first archives and records management conference at the Kruger National Park today and tomorrow.

Authorities say the aim of the conference, which has been described as a major milestone for the province, is to look at different ways of record keeping such as paper and electronic methods, to share best practices of records management and to highlight the importance of archives and records management in society.

Spokesperson for the department of sport, culture and recreation Sechaba Mphahlele said: "The conference will be held under the theme 'Managing public records towards protecting our memory and heritage'.

"Records management plays a crucial role in modern society, particularly for auditing purposes, access to information, promotion of administrative justice, archiving, preservation of heritage, institutional memory and human rights.

"The conference will assist the province in identifying shortcomings and possible interventions in the current records management structure.

"It will also promote efficient and effective records management in the public sector."

Mphahlele said the delegates to the two-day conference, who include senior managers and officials in various spheres of government, will explore topics such as the preservation and restoration of records, protection of personal and private information, promotion of Access to Information Act, conducting records management audits and skills development for records management.

Guest speakers include among others Mpho Ngoepe (Auditor General's Office), Phumla Dlamini (South African Human Rights Commission), Shadrack Katuu (the Nelson Mandela Foundation), Brenda Kotze (National Film and Video Archives), and Dr Graham Domany (National Archives).