Mission and Values


SAHO’s mission is to promote the study and teaching of history and to make knowledge accessible through the creation of a comprehensive online encyclopaedia of South African and African history. Furthermore, through developing partnerships with community based history projects, museums, archives and educational institutions it provides a platform for people to tell their stories.


SAHO is committed to

The promotion of history, freedom of expression and open access to knowledge and information.

Strengthening research and the teaching and learning of history

Working with educational and heritage institutions and archives, to ensure that South Africa’s history and heritage resources are shared to promote non-racialism, democracy and social justice.

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