Archives Act, 1971
Act 5 of 1971
- Assented to on 13 May 1971
- Commenced on 17 March 1972
- [This is the version of this document at 1 December 1998.]
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Archives Act, 1971.
2. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—“archives” means any document or record received, created, or accumulated in a government office or an office of a local authority during the conduct of affairs in that office and which is from its nature or in terms of any other Act not required then to be dealt with otherwise than in accordance with this Act, and any document of record acquired under section 6;“Director” means the person appointed under section 4;“Minister” means the Minister for Tourism, Environment and Communication;“national archives” means the Swaziland National Archives established under section 3;“record” includes any newspaper, book, document, periodical, pamphlet, poster, or other printed matter or a writing typescript which has in any manner been reproduced, or any drawing, picture, illustration, woodcut or similar representation, or any plan, negative print, photograph, engraving or lithograph, or any record or other material, contrivance or device by means of which information can be conveyed and words or images reproduced either in sound or light.
3. Establishment of national archivesThere shall be established a Swaziland National Archives wherein shall be stored for better preservation such of the archives as are transferred to it or acquired by the Director under this Act.
5. Transfer of archives to national archivesAll archives in a government office or any office of a local authority which are older than a prescribed age, and which are not in terms of any law required to be kept in the custody of a particular person shall be transferred to the national archives:Provided that—
6. Acquisition of documents and records for national archives
7. Disposal of archivesIf it appears to the Director that any archives in the national archives are duplicated by other archives which have been selected for permanent preservation or that there is some other special reason why they should not be permanently preserved, he may, with the approval of the Minister, authorize the destruction of those archives or, with that approval, their disposal in any other way:Provided that at least six weeks before the destruction of any archives, a list of items to be destroyed shall be tabled by the Minister in both Houses of Parliament.
8. Access to archives
11. Exemption from liability in respect of certain acts and omissions and limitation of actions
History of this document
17 March 1972
13 May 1971