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Government Publications Library

The collection of official government publications consists mainly of publications by the South African government as well as by some of the nine provincial governments. A number of older publications by a few of South Africa’s neighbouring countries are also included in the collection.

Government publications cover a vast range of material and subjects and much of the information it entails is essential to students and researchers in any subject field. See more at:

Government Publications can be found at the East Campus of the University of the Witwatersrad in the William Cullen Library Room 8 on the ground floor.

e-Wits Catalogue

Subject Guide

About the Department

What we do

The Department of Home Affairs offers a multitude of services to the citizens of South Africa, as well as foreigners who wish to visit, work or stay in South Africa. The Department’s core functions are:

Civic Services


  • Maintaining the National Population Register (NPR)
  • Managing the birth, marriage and death records
  • Determining and granting citizenship
  • Issuing travel documents and passports
  • Issuing identity documents (ID)
  • Administering admissions into the country
  • Determining the residency status of foreigners and issuing permits thereof
  • Custodianship of refugee affairs
  • Inspectorate
  • Policy directives