Extracts from the National Archives web site

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"...to provide for a National Archives; the proper management and care of the records of governmental bodies; and the preservation and use of a national archival heritage; and to provide for matters connected therewith."
"...archives preserve the memory of what a governmental body, an organisation or an individual did, as well as the circumstances and context connected with that activity."
"...includes paper-based textual records, electronic records as well as audio-visual, photographic and cartographic material. . . records originate in the main from the execution of the business of governmental bodies."
"...aimed to preserve 5% of public records..."
"...protection of the rights of citizens are preserved in their entirety."
"...charge is to document all those aspects of the nation's experiences that had been neglected in the interests of Apartheid..."
"...about 5% of the holdings of the National Archives are non-public records. . . are of national significance"
"...any member of the public has a right of access to archives that are older than twenty years, free of charge"
"...various finding aids are prepared..."
"...foremost mission . . .to foster national identity and to ensure the protection of rights"
"...acquiring and managing records of national importance, which includes both public and non-public records"
"Restrictions on access to some non-public records..."
"...national automated archival information retrieval system..."
"Planning and Coordination, Records Management and Information Systems, the Bureau of Heraldry and the National Film, Sound and Video Archives"