SASA was established in 1959 with the main objective of furthering archival science in South Africa. This objective is still upheld by SASA today. An accredited open access 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. SASA is actively working to stimulate and grow regional representation, and welcome participation from professionals in each region to develop and grow membership.


A National Management Committee is elected by the members for a three-year term of office. Office bearers on the national committee are full-time employed archivists, records management professionals and academics in various organisations. Therefore, work on the Committee is entirely on a voluntary basis.