AMO Turns 24

AMO Turns 24

Africa Media Online was founded on March 1, 2000. What a journey it has been for the last 24 years – on the leading edge of non-destructive preservation-quality digitisation and digital preservation in Africa. 


When we look back we think of the wonderful projects we have had the privilege of working on and the honour to work alongside so many dedicated people in the media and heritage sectors. I think of our early days running what became the Heritage Digital Campus with Graeme Cookson, the African Image Pipeline project where we worked with so many senior photographers and photography collections from heritage institutions across the country, The Twenty Ten project alongside World Press Photo training journalists and photographers across the continent, the ANC Archive project digitising over 2 million pages and over 100,000 photographs, the Constitution Hill project digitising collections at NARSSA, the Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi project digitising over 700,000 pages and most recently work done to launch the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Digital Archive. We are so grateful for the opportunities we have been given.


Tomorrow a new era will begin at Africa Media Online. A number of changes are happening. 


First of all we are multiplying our companies. On November 19, 2021, the Board of Africa Media Online (Pty) Ltd announced that it had moved its picture library business into a new company called African Pictures (Pty) Ltd wholly owned by Africa Media Online. We have put together a letter explaining the reasons for the company split and what products and services will fall into which company. Please view that letter HERE.

Secondly, our colleague, Bandile Sizani, is establishing his own business called Paper Scan that will seek to take the skills and experience he has gained at Africa Media Online and apply that to the market for digitising office papers. We hope to be working closely together ongoingly with Paper Scan supplying the digitisation of plain paper and bound documents to our clients in the future.
Thirdly, have looked at what we have actually accomplished, we see that we have helped many to build digital archives – getting collections as far as the digital store. We now want to focus our attention helping collections to go from the store to being available to and maximised by audiences around the world so that we can fulfil our original mandate of enabling Africans to tell Africa’s story.
Finally, today is our last day in our current offices at Hilltops Office Park in Pietermaritzburg and we are moving to Rietspruit Falls in Hilton. As a part of that move we have been discovering treasures that we have held on to but not maximized that need to release so others can maximize them. Please see the link to these PRE-LOVED ITEMS. We hope each will have a good home where they are of benefit for years to come.

Epson Expression 10000XL

graphic arts scanner is an A3+ graphics arts scanner that produced good quality scanning in our digitization bureau for a number of years. Having migrated to CMOS sensor based digital capture systems, we are needing to part with it and hope it can be of good use to another organization to the same degree as it has been to us.

Price: ZAR18,000 

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Nikon Cool Scanner

The Nikon CoolScan LS-2000 was a revolutionary scanner in its day, gifting high quality film scanning to professionals and amateurs. 

Price: ZAR5,500 

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Epson Perfection V750 Pro 

has a dual lens system with high pass optics. The scanner has been kept in mint condition. This scanner will do wonderful work on photographic prints.

Price: ZAR5,500 

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Overland Storage NEOs

is a 24-slot LTO4 tape library that was retired when we invested in a larger system. But it still works smoothly 

Price: ZAR8,000

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