Gazettes are a critical record of South African history. They should be easy to find and use, and freely available to everyone. With nearly 40, 000 gazettes from between 1958 and 2020 available, Open Gazettes is the largest freely online collection of gazettes in South Africa.
Government gazettes are a critical source of information about government business, and are an essential way for the public to be involved in governance. They are one of the most effective ways to hold the State to account. They communicate some of the most important information about the country, such as by-laws, corporate agreements, land claims, court orders and tenders. Open Gazettes is a collaboration between OpenUp, the Southern African Legal Information Institute (SAFLII) and the African Networks of Centers for Investigative Reporting, with support from The Indigo Trust and Code for Africa.