SAHRIS has undergone a generational upgrade to a new web platform. This new site will continue to perform the same functions as the previous iteration of SAHRIS and will remain the portal for all applications pertaining to the heritage sector. As a part of the upgrade, the site has been altered to achieve some specific goals. Some of these include:

  • A new & modernised look and layout
  • Improved site usage flows with respect to applications and content creation
  • Improved site performance and stability

The movement of large, integrated datasets like those found on SAHRIS from one platform to another is an enormously complex process that takes time to consolidate. As such, for a short window post launch, you may find that certain content types on the system do not display their full gamut of information. These gaps may include but are not limited to:

  • Descriptive fields for Heritage Sites & Objects
  • Measurement information for Heritage Objects
  • Some attached files for all content types

Please be assured that these gaps are simply an artefact of the ongoing movement of data and will be filled by the end of November 2023.

Further, ensuring parity with the case and content data brought over from the previous system is our top priority. To this end, the National Inventory Unit (NIU) is hard at work finalising the update to SAHRIS’s most recently modified content. As such, if you find any discrepancies with your content, please submit a ticket via the feedback portal on the Help page.

To assist in ensuring that the information on the new system is accurate, the previous version of SAHRIS will be retained as an archive, accessible HERE or via a link found on the Help page.

While the launch of this new version of SAHRIS is a significant step, this is only a part of the process to improve the site and ensure that it effectively and efficiently caters to the needs of both the Heritage sector and the broader public. To this end it is intended that the functions of the site be expanded upon, a process that will be ongoing from system launch. As such I ask that you bring any difficulties and feedback to the attention of the NIU via the feedback portal . This information is invaluable to the efforts of the NIU and SAHRA to be responsive to the needs of the SAHRIS userbase.

Finally, I would like to ask for your patience during this fluid period. SAHRIS’s data is both large and complex. As the responsible custodians for the site, we are taking every step to ensure that the information found on SAHRIS remains sound and that no data is lost.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Enjoy the new site.

Jake Harding

Manager: National Inventory Unit