Open SA! is a pilot project in collaboration with SA Rocks and the African Commons Project that enables people to share historical and cultural materials about South Africa for the benefit of all. We believe that getting ordinary people involved in sharing their history on the internet with artists, historians, students and researchers is a great way to keep local history alive and accessible.
First prize for us is a short clip (1-3 minutes) of something that you personally feel is part of your heritage – whether it’s a shot of the crowd at the anti-xenophobia rally that you attended or a clip of how you feel about Madiba, it’s your heritage and we want you to share it!
Second prize is a description of materials that you have (on tape etc) that have yet to be digitised. We will be arranging digitisation drives in the near future to get volunteers to help digitise the collections, but first we need to know what kinds of materials are available.
Lastly, if you know of anyone else (grandparents, friends overseas etc) who might, please contact us with details about their collection. Please note that you must own the copyright of the materials (or have written permission from the copyright holder) for them to be eligible for the collection.
If you’d like to participate, please send us an email with the following information:
Summary of what the collection consists of (e.g. a home video – VHS – of Bree Street, Johannesburg in the 1950s):
Is it digitised and online already? (Y/N)
If it is already online, please add the URL here:
Do you own the copyright? (Y/N/unsure)
Your contact telephone number:
Your contact email address: