National Archives and Records Service of South Africa (NARSSA)

Contact Details

Postal Private Bag X236, Arcadia, 0007
Physical 24 Hamilton Street, Arcadia, Pretoria
Tel 012 441 3200


The National Archives and Records Service of South Africa (NARSSA) was established by promulgation of the National Archives and Records Service of South Africa Act 43 of 1996. This piece of legislation transformed the former State Archives Service into a National Archives and Records Service whose mission, functions and structures reflect the South African democratic political order and imperatives.

In essence, the mission of the National Archives and Records Service is to foster a national identity and the protection of rights by: preserving a national archival heritage for use by the government and people of South Africa; and promoting efficient, accountable and transparent government through the proper management and care of government records.

The Act provides for a National Archives Advisory Council to advise the Minister and the Director General of Arts and Culture on any matter relating to the operation of the Act, and to advise the National Archivist on furthering the objects and functions of the National Archives. The other functions of the National Archives Advisory Council as contained in the Act are to: advise and consult with the South African Heritage Resources Agency on the protection of records forming part of the National Estate; consult with the Public Protector on investigations into unauthorised destruction of records otherwise protected under the Act; and submit a business plan annually to the Minister for his approval.

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