Provincial Archive Service: Overview | Western Cape Government

Provincial Archive Service: Overview

Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport
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The Western Cape Archives will re-open to the public on 1 September 2020. Members of the public must please note the following:

  • Reading Room opening  times for the public are  Monday-Friday 10:00-14:00 (closed on public holidays)
  • Reading  room extended hours have been suspended until further notice
  • A total of 10 researchers permitted  in the reading room at a time
  • Only  5 records/documents per researcher per day
  • Records will be placed on isolation ( quarantine)  for 72 hours after use by researcher/client

For more information please refer to the Standard Operating Procedures and Procedures for the use of Archival Material.


The Western Cape Archives and Records Service collects, manages and preserves records that form part of our archival heritage. These records are preserved for use by government and people of South Africa.

The Western Cape Archives and Records Service is in the custody of archival records dating from 1651 when the first colonial settlement by the Dutch was established.

The core functions of the Western Cape Archives and Records Service include:

  • Providing access to records and promote their use by the public
  • Ensure proper records management
  • Preserving records

Archival records are made up of public records and non-public records. Public records are created by government, government departments and organisations in the course of performing their functions. Non-public records are private records and papers created by private individuals and donated to the Archives Repository.

The content on this page was last updated on 31 August 2020