The site has close to 40‚000 documents‚ about 7‚000 biographies‚ and an archive containing tens of thousands of letters‚ statutes‚ photos‚ and speeches.
Between 2012 and 2017 the site registered over 50-million page views‚ and in 2016 and last year‚ the site was used by 4.5-million people globally. Those people viewed over ten million pages.
Badsha started the website in 2001 to address the bias in South African history and the way it was presented in textbooks and academic institutions.
"The idea was to rewrite and popularise history because history was not a subject that many children were doing in school.
"We create a site that we call the people's history because it allows for people to access information on South African history but also contribute."
The National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC) said national archives were an important resource for "a nation to reflect on when dealing with history‚ preserving heritage as well as mirroring the nation”.
"Now that we are positioning ourselves for the 4th Industrial Revolution‚ it is critical to preserve our historical archives and heritage in a digital form for its accessibility throughout the globe. The archives are valuable for research‚ publishing‚ films and education‚" said the council's spokesman Danny Goulkan.