"The oral testimonies of the indigenous people, men and women, community leaders and ordinary people, who give a face to this country, need to be recorded if an all-inclusive history of South Africa is ever to be written"  
International Oral History Association (IOHA)

The International Oral History Association (IOHA) was formally constituted in June 1996 at the IXth International Oral History Conference in Goteborg, Sweden.  Membership is open to any individual or institution supporting the goals and objectives of the Association.  A Council elected at a General Meeting held at the biennial international Oral History conference governs the Association.  The current president of the Association is Rina Benmayor, from the United States; current Vice Presidents, Gerrardo Necoechea, from Mexico and Funso Afolayan, from Nigeria. 

National Archives and Record Service of South Africa (NARS)

Orality is a significant aspect of the culture of the majority of South African people. It is a vital means to address imbalances and omissions that were created in the colonial and apartheid era, by bringing into the archives the stories and narratives that reflect the experiences and memory of all South Africans.

In 1999 Cabinet mandated the then Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (DACST) to conceptualise a National Oral History Programme (NOHP) for South Africa.  Dr. Ben Ngubane appointed a panel of experts to commence the process and come up with recommendations to the department.

Investing in Culture Programme
“Expanded public works programmes can provide poverty and income relief through temporary work for the unemployed to carry out socially useful activities. These EPWP will be designed to equip participants with a modicum of training and work experience, which should enhance their ability to earn a living in the future.“
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