Introduction of the Project
The goal of the South Africa War Graves Project is to archive photographs of every single South African war grave from the 2nd Anglo-Boer War, WW1, WW2, Korea, Rand Revolt, Freedom Struggle, Angola-Border War to present day. These photos will either be in the format of a picture of a headstone or a name on a memorial. These photos will eventually be made freely to the family, friends of the deceased serviceperson, school groups, veterans groups and MOTH shell-holes through this website.
Most of the families and friends of South Africa's war dead will never get a chance to visit the graves of these fallen service people due to the distances and expenses involved with such a journey. Hopefully by archiving these photos we will be able to close a missing chapter in many people’s lives by supplying them a photo of the last resting place of a loved one. By archiving these photos will have created an online South African national war cemetery. The future generations in turn will hopefully be able to learn from this archive, remember and never forget.
Things you should know as a volunteer
The project belongs to no one person but to each and every volunteer that contributes to it. Without these volunteers this project would not exist.
Under no circumstances will a volunteer be paid for their efforts.
Volunteers submit photographs knowing that they will be dispersed to those families, friends of the service people, school and veterans groups and MOTH shell holes should they be requested. Every effort will be made to recognize the volunteer's contributions.
Copyright of Intellectual property
International copyright law states that at NO TIME does a volunteer photographer give up the rights to their intellectual property. Even by declaring no claim to photos that a volunteer has taken, s/he STILL HAS COPYRIGHT to them. So by INTERNATIONAL LAW anyone or any organization claiming copyright on your photos is in fact stealing your intellectual property, especially if they are selling them! Thus the photos that are archived remain the intellectual property of the volunteer that took them. The South Africa War Graves Project will only act as an archivist for these volunteers and will never sell, misuse, or misrepresent these photos in a way that dishonours the sacrifice of those it represents.
All designs, logos and text on this website, unless otherwise stated are copyright of the South Africa War Graves Project.
The other war grave projects (Maple Leaf Legacy Project, Australian War Graves Photographic Archive and British War Graves Project) are freely available to use any designs,logos, text, information, and images that suits their needs on a "share and share alike" basis providing they do not violate copyright law.
Any monies that are donated on behalf of any photo will not be used for the sole financial purposes of the project director, any future board of directors or any of its volunteers, but to the volunteer group as a whole and used towards the funding, expenses and equipment of this project.
All cemetery and memorials details unless noted otherwise were graciously provided by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.