The establishment of SARE as a peer-reviewed journal was an important initiative in SACHES. The journal was preceded by conference proceedings edited by Herman and Bergh (1995) and formally emerged under the editorship of members led by Kallaway at the University of the Western Cape in 1995. The journal has subsequently come to be published in conjunction with an important journal devoted to alternative education in the region, Education with Production, the vehicle of the eponymously named movement in the region under the leadership of the renowned educationist Patrick van Rensburg, who was also elected as the society’s first Honorary Fellow.

The journal has developed into an important vehicle and under the guidance of Aslam Fataar at the University of the Western Cape, secured accredited status with the South African Department of Education. After Kallaway, Sheldon Weeks and his colleagues at the University of Botswana took over the editorial leadership and he continued to produce the journal until Linda Chisholm became the editor in 2005. The journal continued to be published annually until the early 2000s and is now published twice-yearly. By the end of 2006 it had gone through twelve volumes and is soon to be registered as an on-line journal.

While the organization was attempting to secure admission into the WCCES, it inaugurated the tradition of holding its annual conferences on a rotational basis in the region. Because the bulk of its membership came from South Africa, it was agreed that its annual meetings would take place alongside of the KEA meeting inside of South Africa every second year and in the alternate years in one of the countries in the region. Meetings have taken place in Zambia, Botswana (twice), Namibia and recently in Tanzania. The 2001 meeting in Botswana was particularly important because SACHES assisted in bringing together all the major research associations in the region, including the Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland Education Association (BOLESWA) (which became BOLESWANA with the addition of Namibia in 2004) in a single conference. Significantly, KEA and EASA convened outside of South Africa for the first (and since then, only) time in its history.