Since 2011, the Northern Areas History and Heritage Project (NAHHP), in partnership with the Southern Africa Development, Research and Training (SADRAT) Institute and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), have produced a vast amount of heritage-rich material in the course of its project cycle and feasibility study.
The research material includes recordings and transcriptions of individual narratives of those either directly or indirectly impacted by the 1990 Uprising, focus group discussions, healing sessions, presentations and exhibition brochures This material has been archived as a database for future reference which will be available to the public and housed in an easily accessed venue. The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University has been identified for this purpose.
The NAHHP Team also investigated various models of memorialization, culture and heritage projects relevant to the Northern Areas Project. The information forms part of this comprehensive Feasibility Study which will be available to all stakeholders. The Project started with a community engagement of relevant stakeholders which brought together a number of professionals, heritage and cultural practitioners to craft a clear vision and content model for the Centre.
The seven volumes of the feasibility study comprise:
- Volume 1: Project introduction, historical overview, case studies and recommended sites of a possible cultural/healing centre
- Volume 2: Oral accounts of people affected by the 1990 Uprising;
- Volume 3: Conference Publication on Healing through Heritage and Memorialisation
- Volume 4: Community dialogues, stakeholder processes and expert input, two detailed reports
- Volume 5: Educational programme including a healing component
- Volume 6: Institutional structure, governance and management model (with a tool box for establishing a legal entity and managing an NPO).
- Volume 7: Archive and database of all research material in the form of DVDs documenting individual experiences of the 1990 Uprising and the broader history of the Northern Areas. Sixty individuals were interviewed about their backgrounds, experiences and understandings of the Uprising and how the community should move forward