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1. Past projects  
Founding project (1991) 

A self-sustaining educational bridging project for previously disadvantaged learners; was initially accommodated in the main rooms of the house overseen by the Sol Plaatje Educational Trust in a custodian capacity. This project was eventually relocated to premises made available by De Beers (Central Mines) that became Sol Plaatje Educational Centre catering for all grades up to 2002.  
Establishment of the Sol Plaatje Museum 
The display panels previously housed in the two front rooms of the house portrayed aspects of the life and work of Plaatje and the involvement of black people in the South African War. Funding made available by the National Lotteries Board (now the National Lotteries Commission) made it possible to replace the said displays in 2015 with updated displays on the Plaatje legacy together with the history of the black resistance press in South Africa up to 1994.  
Establishment of a reference library  
The library currently houses some 2000 books, with the main focus being on black South African English Literature, Plaatje related publications, Setswana literature etc. The collection objectives still being pursued were planned in collaboration with the Northern Cape Provincial Library Services; the Trust’s library is affiliated to the latter.  
Oral history research programme 
Twelve projects have been conducted in total, focussing mainly on background research, taped recordings, transcriptions and the publication of the life histories of some of the Northern Cape’s indigenous people. The funding for the projects was made available over a period of three years by the National Lotteries Board (2002-2005) and again in 2009.  
Community outreach projects  
(Based at the premises of Sol Plaatje Educational Centre between 1997 and 2000)  
  • A part-time Senior Certificate Programme for adult learners in collaboration with De Beers Kimberley Mines  
  • A part-time Academic Support Programme for second chance Senior Certificate candidates who wished to acquire entrance into a tertiary institution (in collaboration with the Northern Cape Department of Education) 
  • The development and teaching of a user-friendly course basis in Information Technology on an after-hours basis to adults.

 Publications related to the life and work of Plaatje  
  • Facsimile reprints of four of Plaatje’s Setswana books 
  • Prior to the reprint in 2002, they were only accessible as archival material at a few universities. 
  • The project was made possible by funding received from the Arts and Culture Trust.  
  • First published biography by a South African author  
  • The Trust published a biography titled Peaceable Warrior in 2002 that was meant 
  • to be accessible to ordinary readers.  
  • New edition of one of Plaatje’s books: A Sechuana Reader  
  • The intention was to produce a bilingual book containing traditional stories available for distribution to selected Setswana medium schools and public libraries in the Northern Cape and the North West in the course of 2007. The project was funded by De Beers.  
  • Unpublished proverbs of Sol T Plaatje  
  • The typed but incomplete manuscript was repatriated from the SOAS based in London in 2003. The draft manuscript requiring extensive editing was entrusted to Professor B Malefo and Dr S Matjila in their capacity as Setswana speaking academics, and published in 2010 titled The Other Proverbs of Plaatje.  
  • An ‘accessible’ biography 
  • The text of The biography of Sol T Plaatje was written by Sabata-mpho Mokae and published in 2010. It was intended to provide a ‘popular’ account of Sol Plaatje’s life and work for younger readers.  
  • Outcome of interviews with the descendants of Sol Plaatje (2010).  
  • The booklet titled The family of Sol Plaatje is based on the narratives obtained from some of the identified descendants and elders who could shed some light on the royal lineage of Sol Plaatje. 
  • Newspaper campaign against the Natives’s Land Act of 1913.  
  • The book titled Native Eyes: Sol Plaatje versus the Natives’ Land Act of 1913 was published in 2014, the narrative of which is based mainly on Plaatje’s own newspaper reports.  
Other publication projects:
  • The Kimberley Malay Camp, 1882-1957(2006). Translation of dissertation (in Afrikaans) by E J Africa. Editing and proofreading by Annette Strauss based at UFS.  
  • The Malay Camp, Kimberley (Forceful removal imposed by the Apartheid Regime). Original manuscript composed by Louis Mallett in collaboration with the Malay Camp Heritage Association. Published in 2006 and funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.
  • Morata Wabo (Lover of his People). The manuscript written in Setswana by Dr S Molema has been never been published and was signed over to the Trust by the Molema family. The Trust obtained the services of Dr K Haire and Dr S Matjila for editing and translating the manuscript into English. It was published in 2015 by Wits University Press.
Current project 
Since 2012 staff members of the Trust and part-time assistants have been involved in the downloading and retyping of legible newspaper articles published by and about Plaatje in his lifetime in South African newspapers, the USA and Great Britain. The processed collection is to be forwarded to a panel of experienced researchers that will be commissioned to write chapters for a book on the journalism of Plaatje. The intention is to produce an e-book version asl well.
Future project  
The journalism project has become the catalyst for developing a more extensive project to perpetuate the written legacy of Plaatje in a multicultural context over a period of three years.  
Details of the proposed project will be published in the near future.  
Family involvement in Plaatje related projects  
  • Declaration of Sol Plaatje’s grave in West End cemetery (Kimberley) 
  • as a heritage site in March 1988 
  • Founding of the Trust in 1991 
  • Establishment and unveiling of the museum section in 1997 
  • Conferring of a posthumous doctorate on Plaatje by University of North West (April 1998) 
  • Renaming of the National Department of Education in Pretoria after Plaatje  
  • Launch of the reference library (March 2003) 
  • Awarding of the Order of Luthuli by President Thabo Mbeki (16 June 2004) 
  • Attendance at a Word Festival in Groot Marico (September 2005)  
  • Life-long Learning (TV commercial of Unisa, 2007)  
  • Commissioning and eventual unveiling of the Plaatje statue erected in front 
  • of the Sol Plaatje Municipality in Kimberley (January 2010) 
  • Launch of the inaugural Sol Plaatje Literary Festival in Mahikeng (2010) 
  • The registration of a Plaatje trademark (2010)  
  • Attendance at the official centenary commemoration of the Natives’ Land Act  
  • of 1913 in Cape Town  
  • Presentation of Sol Plaatje PhD Bursary bi-annually (NWU, Potchefstroom Campus)  
  • Attendance at the ceremony for naming a library section after Plaatje at the new campus of Unisa in Gauteng (2015) 
  • Attendance at sod-turning ceremony at the Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley (2014) 
  • Attendance at the unveiling of Plaatje bust housed at the William Humphreys Art 
  • Gallery in Kimberley (September 2016)  
  • Attendance of the ceremony regarding a Gosha Award (Preferred Heritage Destination, 2016)
  • Attendance of the ceremony regarding a SAMTA Award [life long achievement, 2018]
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