UNIVERSITY OF FORT HARE

UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

ANC ARCHIVES

SOLOMON MAHLANGU FREEDOM COLLEGE

WORKS DEPARTMENT, (Code: SWD)

RECORDS 1980 – 1991

(bulk dates, 1981 – 1989)

6 Boxes (.6 linear meters)

ACQUISITION: ANC Archive Committee

ACCESS: The collection is open

PHOTOGRAPHS: Located in Box 6

VISUAL MATERIAL: None

AUDIO MATERIAL: None

PRINTED MATERIAL: Intermingled

COPYRIGHT: ANC Archive Committee

PROCESSED BY: Arrangement and description done by Mosoabuli Maamoe, February 2003

REVISED BY: Africa Media Online (Kulu Mushaka), October 2017

 

Historical background on SOMAFCO Works Department

The SOMAFCO Works Committee was composed of the production units from various departments such as transport, supplies, catering, construction, agriculture, administration, carpentry, welding, farm, and teaching. The aim was to develop cadres to serve in the struggle and in the post apartheid South Africa in the building of a new society. SOMAFCO became a testing ground where workers dealt with practical issues that affected social, cultural, catering, and political life of the community as a whole.

 

Scope and Content Note

The Works Committee collection is comprised of .6 linear metres and one series: Subject Files. The files document activities of the production units represented in the committee. Their day to day activities are reflected in the form of reports, which also contain problems faced and the resolutions; information bulletin that used to publish events in the work place and related matters; correspondence on how units exchange information and ideas for the benefits of all. The records span the years 1980-1991.

 

Series I – Subject Files

Box 0001
0001. Circulars, 1984-1990
0002. Correspondence, 1981-1990
0003. Decisions of the Committee
0004. Disciplinary Committee, 1980-1986
0005. Emulations, 1982-1986
0006. Information Bulletin, 1981-1983

 

Box 0002
0007. Meetings, 1981-1990
0007a. Meetings, 1982-1990
0008. Memoranda, 1982-1985
0009. Minutes, 1980-1984
0010. Papers

 

Box 0003
0011. Production units Meetings, 1985-1987 /Reports, 1981-1986 Minutes, 1981-1987/Sections
( with 8 extra Folders: 11A-11H )

 

Box 0004
0012. Charlotte
0012a. Clinic
0012b. Cobblery
0012c. Drivers
0012d. Electrical
0012e. Finance
0012f. Garments
0012g. Supplies department
0012h. Technical production
0012i. Transport
0012j. W.C
0012k. Welding

 

Box 0005
0013. Programmes, 1982-1989
0014. Project: poly-technical Education

 

Box 0006
0015. Requisitions, 1981-1989
0016. Rules and regulations
0017. Seminar on the struggle of workers, 1983
0018. Solidarity workers, 1986-1991
0019. South African Domestic Workers Union
0020. Vuyisile Mini Furniture Factory
0021. Workers song
0022. Young Writers Association of SOMAFCO (poems)