(The full history of the DRISA project is available on this page, listed in reverse chronological order. The oldest documents are listed at the bottom and the latest at the top.)
April 2018. A fifth DRISA newsletter was sent out, to be viewed here.
August 2017. A fourth DRISA newsletter was sent out, to be viewed here
March 2017. A third DRISA newsletter was sent out, to be viewed here.
January 2017. A second DRISA newsletter was sent out, to be viewed here.
October 2016. A first formal DRISA newsletter was sent out, to be viewed here.
August 2016. The DRISA project is announced in the SAICE Magazine, which can be viewed here.
July 2016. A workshop was held with an invited group of about 30 professionals from different backgrounds to review the DRISA up to that point, and to seek advice on getting the project onto a sound and sustainable footing.
June 2016. The Project Motivation formed the basis of discussions with TFR and the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), with the objective to agree on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to guide the project. The MoU was eventually signed during a breakfast hosted by the SAICE Railway Division on 29 June 2016. The MoU can be viewed here.
February 2016. The first two interns were appointed to start with image scanning and the recording of the associated metadata.
August 2015. After a more thorough analysis, a detailed Project Motivation was drafted, discussed and finally agreed to by the volunteer group. It can be viewed here.
November 2014. A second notice was sent out to recognise the support promised. With this reassurance, a firm decision was made to establish a formal project and to have it recognised by Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), the current custodians of the collection. It can be viewed here.
October 2014. A first notice was sent out to a small group of potentially interested parties was sent out to gauge support for a project towards the preservation of the image collection. It can be viewed here.
2012. Beginning of volunteer work on the image collection of the Transnet Heritage Library (THL).