The South African Society of Archivists (SASA) is a professional association representing archivists and records managers throughout South Africa.  SASA seeks to perform the role common to professional associations, which includes:

  • providing a forum for the sharing of professional expertise;
  • laying down professional standards of performance;
  • representing concerns of members to outside organizations;
  • and protecting the interests of the profession.

In practice SASA achieves these objectives through:

  • the publication of a professional journal,
  • the maintenance of a website,
  • the holding of conferences,
  • the development of regional branches,
  • participation in the development of professional and training standards;
  • provision of training and workshops; and
  • and the provision of input on relevant matters.

The objective of SASA as described in our Constitution is:

“the development of Archival Science and the promotion of the Archival Profession in South Africa”

SASA has been registered as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO)      


SASA was established in 1959 with the main objective of the “furtherance of Archival Science in general and particularly in South Africa”.  This objective is still upheld by SASA today.  An accredited publication The Journal of the South African Society of Archivists was published, which for many years formed the backbone of the Society and played an important role in furthering professional best practice in an ever changing environment. 

We are actively working to stimulate and grow regional representation, and welcome participation from professionals in each region to develop and grow membership.


A National Committee is elected by the membership for a two-year term of office. The new Committee is actively engaged in a number of initiatives aimed at revitalising SASA and the profession.  Office bearers on the national committee are and have always been full-time employed archivists or records management professionals at various archival institutions and work on the Committee is entirely on a voluntary basis. 



The Journal of the South African Society of Archivists (SASA) has just published its latest issue at We invite you to view the Table of Contents on the website and then access articles and items of interest.

The journal publishes original articles and book reviews in English on archival science, records management, information science and oral history. Emphasis is on empirical research. However, opinion papers and articles of high quality on theoretical aspects will be considered. The focus is on research results, case studies and reports of innovative projects. This journal is especially useful to professionals, academics and students in the archives, heritage, museum and records management fields.

For further information about the journal and to submit articles for publications please see Journal of the South African Society of Archivists





Section 6 of the SASA Constitution provides for the election of a National Committee to manage the affairs of the Society, as follows:

  • 6.1 Members of the National/Management Committee (hereafter the Committee) shall be elected from professional and honorary members of the Society as well as from representatives from institutions holding institutional membership who meet the requirements for professional membership.
  • 6.2 The Committee shall consist of six members who are responsible for the good management of all the affairs of the Society and who are elected biennially by ballot by all members of the Society. Institutional members shall have two votes per institution.
  • 6.4 The Committee shall elect a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and two Editors from its members. A person may not fill the position of Chairperson for more than one continuous full term.

Members are required to nominate candidates by downloading and completing the attached nomination form, and e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 21 June 2019.  Please type SASA Elections in the subject line.

Nominations will be tabulated and ballots provided at the Annual General Meeting on 4 July 2019. One vote per individual member and 2 votes per institutional member.

Prospective candidates need to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Constitution available on the SASA website.

SASA 2019 Nomination form

SASA has moved to new premises:

Office 304

3rd Floor Building 2

Brooklyn Bridge Office Park

570 Fehrsen Street



South Africa

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