The Tracing History Trust was established in 2008 in order to continue and expand the work of the TEPC transcription team after the Dutch-funded project closed and in response to requests from researchers. We develop proposals, manage funds and custom-design the professional teams for carrying out specialist tasks, especially those that relate to the expertise built up during the TEPC Project.


  • to promote and undertake the recording of archival, documentary, artefactual, oral and other historical resources, with the purpose of making them accessible to researchers and interested members of the public;
  • to promote and undertake the dissemination of this information in the form of electronic, paper-based and other products, thereby enabling conservation of the original resources;
  • to promote and support collaborative and integrated multi-disciplinary research relating to the recent (AD1500 – present) history of South Africa and its interconnectedness with the African continent and the wider world;
  • to support the production of academic, specialised and popular publications, and participation in local and international fora such as conferences;
  • to receive grants, donations and other income from whomsoever, in order to further the objects of the Trust.

The Tracing History Trust is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation in terms of Section 30 of the Act and as a Non-Profit Organisation in terms of Section 13(5) of the Non-Profit Organisations Act, 1997.