When the eGGSA branch first started on Project S (the transcription of the whole of the letter S in the 1984 South African Voters' Roll, 296 668 names and addresses) we were simply just going to type forever!!Â You must know when the S's first arrived at my desk, I sommer put the computer off for 2 weeks, not knowing where to start. eGGSA's initial plans for handling the transcriptions were also put to bed and we had to come up with a new approach.Â The simplest for us was to contact anybody with even the remotest interest in the S-surnames, family and friends were also not safe.Â
The image shown here is what the transcribers have to contend with in completing the transcriptions.
The first of the S's were typed with the start of the Soccer World Cup in 2010.Â In the first quarter of this year we set ourselves a deadline for completing Project S by the end of December 2011.Â We typed right through the Rugby World Cup and today we won the S-CUP!!!Â The transcription of the letter S is now complete - 31 days BEFORE the deadline!!
Thank you so much to everyone who put so many hours into the project.Â We really appreciate your time, dedication, patience and friendship! I really enjoyed working with you guys!Â A big thank you to the S-pensioners who have offered to continue transcribing other surnames.Â
The Roll of Honour ( transcriber and number of names transcribed ):
Alet Swanepoel, 4200Â Â Alta Griffiths, 26504Â Amanda Stander, 4033Â Annette Goussard, 3801Â Carmen van de Riet, 3570Â Carol Beneke, 10542Â Celeste Rachman, 20055Â Dalina van Zyl, 4242Â Dan Strydom, 5271Â Deirdre Eygelaar, 7519Â Erna Buber-de Villiers, 715Â Fay Lea, 588Â Frans Rudolph, 28603