The mission of the SACBC Archives is to collect, sort out, file, preserve and communicate the archives of the offices and departments of the catholic bishops Conference, which is the organization of diocesan bishops of Botswana, South Africa and Swaziland.
Moreover, it collects, preserves and promotes the archives’ gifts and deposits regarding the history of the Catholic Church in Southern Africa, given by different authorities: religious institutes, lay movements, and private people.
While the SACBC was created in 1947, the Archives and Documentation Office was institutionalized as such in 1986, but bombed by the Government of South Africa in 1988, and a lot of material was lost. Today, the Archives gather about 400 linear meters, and several periodicals are available for consultation in the Documentation section.
A search/reading room of seats is open to the public by appointment.
Access to the documents: The periodicals and other published documents are freely available for consultation. So are the other documents gathered in the SACBC Archives, after a certain period, which differs from one to one other, depending on his nature and origins. However, the documents that didn’t reach that dead line can be open to searchers by means of a personal authorization.
Hours of opening: A researcher may consult material in the SACBC Archives between 8:00 and 16:00 from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).