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Staff news
Did you know?
From the Editor
UPSpace 10 year celebration
INL 370 Experiential Learning Project
Librarian’s Day video
New shelf labels
Brexit seminar 4 August
Meet your African writers
UP tribute to Professor Adam Small (UWC): 21 December 1936–25 June 2016 - 18 August
Mandela day contributions
The 2nd Postgraduate Forum
Donation from the National Library of South Africa
Librarians like to sing
Casual Day
Recent visitors to the Merensky 2 Library
Spring Day 2016
Hackathon held at the University of Pretoria MakerSpace
10 ways to green your work ethic
Special Collections book of the month



DLS Calendar



October - December






Service Delivery / Transport / Marine / Astronomy / International Breast Cancer / Social Development / Eye Care /

Mental Health




27/09-10/10 UP October recess
1   National Inherited Disorders Day

Internationl Day for Older Persons

International Music Day

World Habitat Day

World Vegetarian Day
2 International Day of Non-Violence

World Smile Day

World Farm Animal Day
3 UP DLS Exco Meeting

World Temperance Day

4 World Animal Day
4-10 UN World Space week 2016


World Teacher's Day

World Architecture Day

5-11 Weedbuster Week
8 International Day of Disaster Reduction
9   Partnership against AIDS Anniversary

World Sight Day

World Post Day
9-15 National Nutrition Week (SA)
10 UP DLS Exco Meeting

World Mental Health Day

11 World Egg Day

World Hospice Palliative Care Day

12  World Arthritis Day

National Bandana Day

12-16 National Marine Week (SA)
12-20 World Bone and Joint Week
15 World Rural Women's Day

Global Hand washing Day

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction 2015

National Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day

15-19 National Obesity Week
16     Bosses Day

World Food Day (FAO)

International Credit Union Day 2016

World Spine Day

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

World Trauma Day
17 UP DLS Exco Meeting
19-23 Open Access week
20 World Osteoporosis Day

National Down Syndrome Day

20-26 International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
21  Faculty Library Managers Meeting

International Stuttering Awareness Day 2016

International Stammering Awareness Day 2016
23 National Iodine Deficiency Disorder Day
24 UP DLS Exco Meeting

World Polio Day

UN Disarmament Week

United Nations Day

World Development Information Day 2016

25 World Pasta Day
28 UP International Students Day



Stroke Week

29   World Stroke Day

World Psoriasis Day 2016

International Internet Day
30 Commemoration of African Food and Nutrition Security Day
31 UP DLS Exco Meeting

World Savings Day






Red Ribbon / Quality





1 UP DLS Staff Meeting / Personeel - vergadering

World Vegan Day

2 UP Lectures end for quarter 4 and semester 2

National Children's Day

4-8 SADC Malaria Week
4-10 National Cardiopumonary Resuscitation (CPR) week
6 International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of Environment in War & Armed Conflict
7 Library Advisory Committee Meeting

UP DLS Exco Meeting

7-26 Examinations of 3rd and 4th quarter and 4th quarter and 2nd semester modules
8 World Radiography Day

SADC Malaria Day

World Town Planning Day
9 World Quality Day

International Tongue Twister Day

10 World Science Day for Peace and Development
12 World Pneumonia Day
13 World Kindness Day
14 UP DLS Exco Meeting

World Diabetes Day

16 International Day for Tolerance
17 Library Strategic Forum Meeting

International Students Day

19 World Toilet Day

World COPD Day

International Men's Day
20 Africa Industrialisation Day

Universal Children's Day

World Philosophy Day
21 UP DLS Exco Meeting

World Fisheries Day

World Hello Day

World Television Day

25  UP DLS Year End Function

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women



16 Days of Activism on No Violence Against Women and Children

28 UP DLS Exco Meeting
28/11 - 05/12 Supplementary examinations of 3rd and 4th quarter and 2nd semester modules
29 Birding Big Day
30 International Computer Security Day




Prevention of Injuries /

Skin Cancer Awareness  (SunSmart)





1 World AIDS Day
2 International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
3 International Day of People with Disability
5  UPLS Exco Meeting

Academic Year ends

International Volunteers Day
7  Schools close

International Civil Aviation Day

9 International Anti-Corruption Day
  World Patient Safety Day
10 International Human Rights Day
11 International Mountain Day
13 World Violin Day
16 Day of Reconciliation
18 International Migrants Day


University closes at 10:00 - Academic year commences January 3rd, 2017

25 Christmas Day
26 Day of Goodwill
27 Public holiday in terms of legislation
31 Old Years Day



If you have any feedback, regarding this newsletter, article ideas or suggestions,

please contact the editorial staff:




EIsabé Olivier

Responsible for Articles




Diana Gerritsen

Responsible for Design and Layout







May your birthday be filled with many happy hours and your life with many happy birthdays.





1 Lungani Khanyile
  Carike Schoeman
2 Brenda Nsanzya
3 Antoinette Lourens
4 Sello Kgwebane
  Martha de Waal
7 Estelle Grobler
10 Linky Ntobo
12 Elsabé Olivier
16 Niel de Kock
17 Tebogo Mogakane
10 Kenny Tshukudu
22 Anastasia Ntuli
  Clayton Coverdale
23 Refiloe Matlatse
26 Susan Marsh
27 Patson Nyalungu
30 Arthur Molefe


1 Samuel Hobyane
2 Mart Muller
  Kataila Ramalibana
5 Sophi Silinda
7 Agnes Mogudi
9 Sonja Delport
11 Jeffrey Mashapa
15 Carin Bezuidenhout
16 Ernest Sefolo
19 Junior Baloyi
20 Diana Gerritsen
22 Annette Ingram
23 Hilda Kriel
26 Abram Maboya
29 David Maseko
  Nomvuyiso Mahleka


2 Maritz Visser
10 Abram Mofokeng
  Bulelwa Mandubu
11 Biotumelo Masilo
13 Daan Lessing
18 Heila Pienaar
  Fana Magidi
  Sam Makgalemele
25 Josiah Lebelo
29 Christelle Steyn
  Asia Matlala
31 Julene Vermeulen
  Rachel Phahla




Staff news



Congratulations to .......



Lucy Skeyi-Phurutsi from the Medical Library on the birth of their new baby boy.


Josiah Lebelo from the Humanities Library on the birth of their new baby boy.


Richard Mbokane from the Medical Library on the birth of their new baby girl.



Our condolences to .......



Josiah Lebelo whose father passed away.


André Janse van Rensburg's whose father-in-law passed away.



Getting to know your colleagues



Gerna van Veelen

 is a Cataloguer at the Library Technical Services.


Here are a few questions we asked Gerna to know her better .... 


1.       How do you recharge?

I love reading a good book with a glass of chilled Chardonnay.


2.      What would you most regret not having done by the end of your life?

Not seeing the aurora borealis in the Arctic Circle.


3.      What characteristic do you most admire in others?

Friendliness and spontaneity.


4.      What one memory do you most treasure?

Surfing in the sea.


5.      What would a "perfect" day look like for you?

Playing bridge with friends.



Liana Viljoen

 is a Cataloguer at the Law Library.


Here are a few questions we asked Liana to know her better ....



1.      Where are you from (where were you born) and what is home to you?

I was born in Wolmaransstad in the Northern Cape and home to me is an old peaceful house with a beautiful garden surrounded by interesting and caring people.


2.      What would you be doing if you weren't at your current job?

I would like to restore old houses, be a part time carer for the old and the sick and if money permits travel to faraway places.


3.      What one memory do you most treasure?

We stayed in a very small town when I was a child, but I had a wonderful childhood and always had access to a library and books to read.


4.      What characteristic do you most admire in others?

People who are tolerant of other people’s ideas, cultures, religions, way of life, etc.

People like the Catholic Nuns and Mother Theresa for example who served the sick and the poor under very bad conditions without any financial gain.

People who grew up very poor but became successful later in life by studying part time while working fulltime for example.


5.      If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1?

I would start a worldwide feeding scheme for the poor and at the same time start an education programme to teach them how to grow their own healthy food. I would start a reward system for people who help to clean up the environment. I would add another subject to the Secondary School Curriculum that would prepare young people for relationship- and marital problems, birth control and child rearing as well as dealing with general budget and financial planning issues.



Anastasia Ntuli

  is a Shelver at the Theology and Social Sciences Library


Here are a few questions we asked Anastasia to know her better ....



1.      Where did you work previously and for how long?

I worked at the Pretoria Station bookshop from 1976 - 1988. I worked there for almost 12 years and then move to the Merensky Library.


2.      What would you be doing if you weren't at your current job?

I would have opened my own baking business or needle work.


3.      If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are living right now?

I would change nothing, just spend even more time with God and my family and pray a lot.


4.      How do you recharge?

I read the Bible and listen to gospel music


5.      If you were to tell one person "Thank You" for helping me become the person I am today, who would it be and what did they do?

My Mother because she raised me to be the person I am today.



Welcome to the following

new staff members ........



Ms Mercia Moreana

who joined the Library Technical Services team as a Cataloguer on level 6 on September 1st, at the DLS


Here are a few questions we asked Mericia to know her better ....


1.      Where are you from (where were you born) and what is home to you?

I am from Limpopo Province, Ga-Matlala, Saaiplaas Village. I was born there and I grew up there. Home to me is where there is love, laughter, warmth and happiness.


2.      Where did you work previously and for how long?

I was working at the National Library of South Africa and I worked there for four years and six months.


3.      What would you be doing if you weren't at your current job?

If I wasn't a Librarian I would have been a doctor.


4.      When are you the happiest?

I am happiest when I’m investing time on the things most important to me, my family, my health, my career, personal growth, friends and adventures.


5.      What would you most regret not having done by the end of your life?

I would regret not traveling the world.



Ms Christine Nel

who joined the Theology and Social Sciences Library as an Information Specialist on level 1 on September 1st, at the DLS


Here are a few questions we asked Christine to know her better ....


1.     What is one word you would use to describe yourself as a child?



2.      How do you recharge?

Reading all possible available magazines - it is an expensive addiction!


3.     What movie or novel character do you most identify with?

Definitely Ayla, the Cro-Magnon woman who was raised by Neanderthals in Jean Auel's Earth Children novels.


4.     Fill in the blank:  If you really knew me, you'd know I am extremely honest even with small unimportant stuff


5.     What one memory do you most treasure?

Seeing my son, my only child, open his eyes for the first time after birth.



Mr Jacob Rapitsi

who joined the Reserved Collections team as a Senior Information Assistant on level 3 on September 1st, at the DLS


Here are a few questions we asked Jacob to know him better ....


1.     Where are you from (where were you born) and what is home to you?

Marble hall, Uitvlught, GA Botha.


2.     Where did you work previously and for how long?

R Tambo law library, for ten years.


3.     What would you be doing if you weren't at your current job?

Play soccer and read.


4.     What more are you wanting in your career right now?

To study.


5.     How do you recharge?

      I drink water.



Ms Nikki Haw

who joined the Africana team as a Senior Information Specialist on level 5 on September 1st, at the DLS


Here are a few questions we asked Nikki to know her better ....


1.     Where are you from (where were you born) and what is home to you?

I was born in Benoni, and currently live in Derdepoort, Pretoria. Home is where I can relax and let my guard down.


2.     Where did you work previously and for how long?

I worked at the DITSONG Kruger Museum, for 9 years, almost to the day. I started there on 2 September 2007.


3.      How do you recharge?

By reading a book and cuddling with my pets. Preferably at the same time J


4.     What would you most regret not having done by the end of your life?

Travelling as I've never been overseas, and there are many places I want see. I’d also like to travel more in Africa.


5.     What super power would you like to have?

Teleportation. It would make my travelling goals much easier!



We bid farewell

to the following staff members .....



Niel de Kock from Circulation at Merensky 2 Library who resigned end of September 2016.


Yandisa Makaluza from the Library Technical Services who resigned end of September 2016.


Maggie Sindwa from the Music Library who resigned end of September 2016.









Did you know.......







...... the wedding ring goes on the left ring finger. Because it's the only finger with a vein that connects to the heart



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  • aper originated from China










  • all the blinking in one day equates to having your eyes closed for 30 minutes



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From the Editor


This newsletter features the news for the months July to September. Some of the highlights include  the “Meet your African writers” series of events (4 in total so far – the last one for this year has been planned for 20 October ), the 10 year celebration of our institutional repository UPSpace and our latest two videos – the Librarian’s Day video and the Tuks Camerata flash mob. You can also learn more about our four new staff members: Nikki Haw, Mercia Moreana, Christine Nel and Jacob Rapitsi. Happy reading!  



Elsabé Olivier


UPSpace 10 year celebration (2006-2016)


In 2006, a team of the Department of Library Services started a project headed by Dr Heila Pienaar (Deputy Director: DLS). This team investigated DSpace software and was pleased with the outcome. Since then UPSpace was launched. The University of Pretoria took the forefront in South Africa and other institutions followed after the successful launch of UPSpace.


UPSpace is an open access electronic archive collecting, preserving and distributing digital materials created, owned and hosted by the University of Pretoria. UPSpace just like other organisations is governed by policies that are approved by Senate.  There is the UPSpace policy, the University of Pretoria Electronic Theses and Dissertations policy (S 4844-46/08) and the Research Articles Policy (S 4845/08). These policies were approved in 2008 and 2009 respectively. In early 2014, the UPEtd system and UPSpace merged but continued operating according to different policies.


It has been a milestone and many people played an important role to make a success of UPSpace. The success of this repository is mainly due to the contributions that library colleagues have made. In 2010 UPSpace was ranked number 296 in the world rankings and there have been inconsistencies in the world rankings but today we are back in the top 100 in the world. UPSpace achieved great success on the African continent where it managed to maintain the number one spot for several years in succession until recently when UPSpace dropped to second place, with Stellenbosch University (Sun Scholar) taking the number 1 spot.


UPSpace has more than 30 million visits dating from 2011 and more than 45 000+ items archived digitally. It benefits both the researchers and the institution in such a way that it increases the visibility of research output and also the visibility and prestige of the institution. Its content is readily searchable both locally and globally.


According to Mr Tlou Mathiba (UPSpace administrator); running a repository in an institution of UP calibre, requires dedication, integrity and patience. Credit must be given to the people who have been working tirelessly on it since its inception, namely Dr Heila Pienaar (Deputy Director: DLS), Ina Smith (ASSAF), Hettie Groenewald (Retired), Monica Hammes (Retired), Elsabé Olivier (Marketing, Quality Assurance & Fundraising), Kataila Ramalibana (NRF), Leti Kleyn (Open Scholarship) and Tlou Mathiba (UPSpace Administrator) and everyone else who contributed their efforts to make this repository a success. What makes this even more impressive, is the fact that most of these individuals are self-trained and gained repository knowledge through attending conferences and workshops.


Establishing such a successful repository has its own challenges. The team had to overcome difficulties experienced with upgrades, manual submissions and communication with researchers and students who want their work uploaded to the repository. Through all of the hardships, the Open Scholarship team managed to stand their ground and will keep on fighting for free access to information. “Open Access in our lifetime, with open access we can bridge the digital divide” T Mathiba.


Previous managers had the following to say:


Hettie Groenewald (Former UPSpace manager)


“In 2010 I was appointed as the UPSpace manager and I realised new challenges were on the way! An achievement was when we installed our own server, independent of the campus server. An IRCoP, for Institutional Repository Managers was launched in 2009 resulting in support and the sharing of information, a huge success. What a privilege to be part of UPSpace for the decade, and without the commitment and contribution of those who chose to be involved, UPSpace’s success could not have been achieved.”


Elsabe Olivier (Former OSO manager)


As the information specialist of the then Dean of the Education faculty, Prof Jonathan Jansen, I was pressed to create a website for him and suggested a personalized collection in UPSpace instead. After showcasing the UPSpace repository to the charismatic, outspoken, social commentator and published Dean in November 2005, I received the go-ahead for the Jonathan Jansen Collection and started submitting content in all earnest in 2006. In 2007 I was appointed as the first Open Scholarship Manager and together with Mrs Monica Hammes, my line manager at the time, we worked towards changing scholarship practice at the University of Pretoria towards becoming an open scholarship institution. The collaboration with the Department of Research and Innovation Support (DRIS) in 2007 was one of our highlight – resulting in many article finds of previously unreported research. In the words of Monica Hammes: “We made the road by walking”. We might have taken small steps in the beginning, but now UPSpace is a well-oiled machine.


Contributed by Tlou Mathiba, Open Scholarship & Digitisation Programme

INL 370 Experiential Learning Project


For the second year in a row, the Open Scholarship Office and Digitisation Programme teamed up with the Department of Information Science to host the INL 370 students in completion of their Experiential Learning Project. The students were expected to complete 80 hours of practical work between the 4th and 15th of July 2016.


The 58 students were divided into 14 different groups, and were given the opportunity to choose their own group leader and project. They worked on the following projects: The South African Veterinary Journal (in collaboration with the Jotello F Soga Library), UP Plans and Drawings (in collaboration with Technical Services), Materials from UP Arts and UP Archives, Public Works (in collaboration with the Department of Architecture), Institutional Repository of the University of Lesotho and the FYE Programme (DHET project, in collaboration with SANRC).


The students were expected to give a formal presentation on their last day according to which they were evaluated. These presentations were done in front of the Open Scholarship and Digitisation teams as well as members of staff. During these presentations feedback was given about the projects and the overall experience of the two weeks.


The following results were achieved after the 80 hours were completed: 1 new populated subject repository (114 records) for SANRC/DHET and a full search done for materials to be added to the repository, 1 new repository (4301 records) for Facilities Management, the addition of 163 records to the University of Lesotho’s Institutional Repository, 22 new volumes for Veterinary Science Research (containing 523 uploaded articles and 110 reworked articles), 5 new UP Art collections (726 items), 816 photographs added to the UP Archive online photograph collection and the digitisation of 12 architectural journals and 100+ aerial photographs. Overall UPSpace was populated with 2077 records at the end of the two weeks.


This would not have been possible without Dr Leti Kleyn’s personal commitment to the support and training needed for Open Access development in South Africa. The project was funded by her NRF research rating grant, seeing that parts of the project will be documented for research purposes. She also managed to make this experience as enjoyable for the students as possible. The students watched documentaries about Aaron Swartz and the Anonymous Group, had an information session on things to remember in the work place, took part in a crowd sourcing social experiment, learned how to complete the Rubik’s cube, were surprised with snacks such as donuts and received individual prizes on the final day.


This partnership enhances the quality of the BIS Information Science Degree, as the students are exposed to real life industry experience and gain institutional repository training which is a niche skill. The IR team also benefit as they develop training skills, receive important feedback from students and UPSpace gets populated. The Open Scholarship Office and Digitisation team believe that this will strengthen the relationship between the Library and the Department of Information Science.



Contributed by Nadia Grobler, Open Scholarship & Digitisation Programme

Librarian’s Day video


South African Librarians’ Day on 10 July is an important day in the calendar of library and information workers in South Africa. The Department of Library Services’ Marketing Office celebrated Librarian’s Day this year, by producing a video of some of its staff members. In this video, librarians at the University of Pretoria celebrate librarianship as a worthwhile professional career, stating why they love their jobs or love working in the library (#UPLibrariansDay). The following staff members were interviewed: Viveka Pillai (Information Specialist: Faculty Library for Humanities), Carin Bezuidenhout (Library Systems and e-Resources), Raesibe Kekana (Cataloguer), Ephinia Peu (Information Specialist: Faculty Library for Economic & Management Sciences), Lesego Makhafola (Information Specialist: Faculty Library for Engineering, Built Environment, Information Technology), Cora Bezuidenhout (Information Specialist: Faculty Library for Engineering, Built Environment, Information Technology), Ernest Sefolo (Acquisitions), Katlego Aphane (Information Specialist: Faculty Library for Natural & Agricultural Sciences), Sello Kgwebane (Information Specialist: Faculty Library for Economic & Management Sciences), Asia Matlala (Information Specialist: Klinikala Health Library), Kabelo Nizima (Coordinator: Basic Medical Sciences & Dentistry Library), Thulani Mahlangu (Information Specialist: Learning Centre), Fana Mgidi ( Interlending), Bongi Letlape (Reserved Collection), Tumelo Sebata (Information Assistant: Special Collections) and Isak van der Walt (Senior IT Consultant: Strategic Innovation Projects).


The video can be viewed on YouTube ( and is titled: ”Why I love being a librarian at the University of Pretoria.” Minutes after the release of the video on social media platforms and via e-mail, comments starting pouring in:


“Wooow…big up to UP Library Staff…It makes me feel proud of my profession.” – Samuel Wa Makola, Greater Tzaneen Municipality. 


“Thanks for sharing this video. You and your colleagues do an excellent job promoting the profession and serving your clients' needs." – Charlotte Erdmann, Purdue University.


“Very lovely indeed.” Andrew Malotle, National Library of South Africa.



Contributed by Elsabé Olivier, Assistant Director: Marketing & Quality Assurance, Department of Library Services, University of Pretoria


New shelf labels


In support of the Department of Library Services’ priority strategic goal of teaching and learning and improving the library experience of our first- year students, the Faculty Library for Economic and Management Sciences staff members led by Vaydin Slaters and Zandile Chansa, took on a project to improve the way students access the EMS collection. We realised through problems of locating books or journals in our collection that the system of labelling the shelves with just the Dewey numbers was inadequate to assist students in locating sources.


We labelled the shelves with numbers from 1 to 18 and used a different colour code for books and journals respectively. The shelf labels now bear the names of the relevant subjects as expressed in DDC as well as the DDC number of the first and the last book on the shelf.


Since the beginning of July 2016, Vaydin has noted how much easier it now is for students to locate books on the shelves and the number of queries at the information desk about where to find books has diminished.


Contributed by Zandile Chansa & Vaydin Slaters, Faculty Library for Economic and Management Sciences

Brexit seminar 4 August (Implications for South Africa and the Continent)


The Economic and Management Science (EMS) Faculty Library hosted a seminar about Brexit (UK leaving the European Union) on 4 August 2016. The Seminar focused on social, political and economic implications of the Brexit vote for South Africa and the rest of the African continent.  We invited speakers and indeed the wider University community to present and discuss Brexit, a result of a referendum that was held on 23 June 2016 to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. Over 30 million people voted (71.8% turnout) and 52% voted to leave the EU. The outcome of the referendum has had wider global implications beyond the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). There are concerns among scientists, policy makers, business communities, academics and many other interested parties about the national, regional and global implications of Brexit on the economy, research funding, trade and bilateral relations, development assistance and much more.


This seminar presented a great opportunity for us to discuss the social, political and economic implications of Brexit for South Africa and the rest of the continent. There were four speakers who shared their expert views. Prof Christi van der Westhuizen, of the Department of Sociology at UP,  presented Brexit’s implications of economic exclusion for politics, with specific reference to racism and other ideologies of injustice. He was followed by Prof Nicola Viegi of the Department of Economics at UP. His presentation was on the increasing uncertainty in the international economy and the implications for South Africa and other emerging and developing countries.  Dr John Kotsopoulos from the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) at UP presented on the implications of Brexit for EU-Africa and South Africa relations.  Our last speaker was Catherine Macleod of the Treasury. She presented a macroeconomic perspective on the implications of Brexit for South Africa.


Over 75 participants attended the seminar, mostly undergraduate and postgraduate students, with good support from Faculty and support staff and some external clients. The audience was highly engaged in the discussions and posed fundamental questions to our speakers including views on the opportunity Brexit presents for us to start dialogue on new world politics, prospects and crises of globalisation, neoliberal capitalist economic policies and rethinking our broad policy agreements. There were a number of lessons learnt from the seminar such as that  the Brexit vote creates a lot of uncertainties as well as opportunities for us as society to look not only at our economic being but to go beyond and consider our social and political being. Brexit creates an opportunity for us to reposition and rethink our responses to external shocks and changes over which we have no control. One way to deal with this is to have reforms in policy decisions by government so as to deal better with such changes in future.


During the course of September, a YouTube link with full audio recording of the seminar as well as PowerPoint presentations and photographs of the seminar will be uploaded on UPSpace.


Contributed by Brenda Nsanzya, Faculty Library for Economic & Management Sciences

Meet your African writers


The Department of English, in collaboration with the Department of Library Services organized a number of events titled: 'Meet your African writers’ in the months of July, August, September and still plan the last event for October 2016.

The first event focussed on poetry and Dr Raphael d'Abdon and Phillippa Yaa de Villiers were the key presenters on Tuesday 26 July 2016. Dr D'Abdon had the audience in a cheerful mood when he read a poem titled “I hope you won't give up”, in tribute to one of his favourite writers, Alexander Roosevelt. He emphasised the importance of acknowledging other poets by sharing their work in the same way that musicians do. Phillippa De performed her poetry with expressions of song and dance. She made the audience feel her poetry and before performing her last poem, Faithful as a shadow, she mentioned that she wants her poetry to encourage people to write. 'You are carried by your story until you are big enough to walk', she recited. The audience snapped their fingers and nodded their heads while she performed.


The second event which took place on Wednesday 17 August hosted Niq Mhlongo and David Medalie and focussed on the South African short story. Niq Mhlongo is a Sowetan-born writer and journalist, known and loved for the piercing way in which he tackles current affairs and the madness of post-apartheid South Africa. His first novel, Dog Eat Dog (Kwela, 2004) was translated into Spanish under the title Perro Come Perro in 2006 and awarded the Mar des Lettras prize. His first collection of short stories, Affluenza, was published by Kwela this year and grapples with issues such as crime, xenophobia, racism, homophobia, the new black elite, and land redistribution. David Medalie is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Pretoria. He is also a short story writer, novelist and anthologist. Amongst his publications is The Mistress's Dog, a collection of short stories, which was published in 2010 by Pan Macmillan/ Picador Africa. His short story Recognition won the Sanlam Award (in the unpublished category) in 1996. He is the editor of Encounters, a well-known anthology of South African short stories.


The third event hosted Zoë Wicomb on Thursday 1 September 2016. Prof Wicomb was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria, in recognition of her literary achievements and the quality of her writing, at the recent Spring Graduation Ceremonies. Before reading from her novel, October, Prof Wicomb said that one the ironies of her life is that she started writing because she cannot speak, and yet once she started writing she was required to speak. When she started writing October she wanted to write about an old woman and the phenomenon of childlessness among women.


During the fourth event which took place on Friday 2 September, writers Yewande Omotoso and Sandile Memela read from their books and also offered books for a lucky draw which were won by two fortunate students. Yewande was born in Barbados, but grew up in Ile-Ife, Nigeria and Cape Town, South Africa and currently lives in Johannesburg. Her debut novel Bomboy (Modjaji Books), was shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Fiction Prize, the MNet Film Award and the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature. It won the South African Literary Award First Time Author Prize. Memela is one of South Africa's well-known journalists, writers, cultural critics and polemicists. Well known for his provocative views, Memela has recently published his fourth book, Zenzele: Young Gifted & Free (Porcupine Press, 2014) that is aimed at motivating youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to take personal responsibility to exercise personal leadership.


These events aim to introduce students to their African poets and writers, to encourage the spirit of collaboration among writers, while inspiring and expressing the love of language.



Contributed by Mikateko Mbambo, Department of University Relations and Elsabé Olivier, Marketing & Quality Assurance.

UP tribute to Professor Adam Small (UWC): 21 December 1936–25 June 2016 - 18 August


The Department of Afrikaans, in collaboration with the Department of Library Services, held a tribute to activist, poet and academic, Adam Small, on the 18th of August 2016. The tribute took place in the Merensky 2 Library auditorium.


Speakers from the Department of Afrikaans, the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Social work talked about the contributions Adam Small had made in each of these fields – initially as student (in philosophy and literature), later as lecturer and academic (in philosophy), throughout as Afrikaans poet and playwright, and finally as academic and head of the Department of Social Work at UWC. The speakers shared anecdotes and images from his life as well as readings from his poetry and his philosophy.


Dr Jacomien van Niekerk discussed Adam Small’s touching drama, Kanna hy kô hystoe. Prof Hein Willemse discussed Small’s involvement in establishing the University of the Western Cape as well as his love for Afrikaans, despite his hatred of Apartheid. Prof Ernst Wolff discussed Small’s conceptualisation of black consciousness and Prof Antoinette Lombard revealed that he was held in high esteem in the field of Social Work.


Professor Adam Small passed away on the 25th of June 2016, six months before his 80th birthday.


Go to for an animated reading of one of Small’s memorable poems, What abou’ de lô (What about the law).


Read the Litnet interview with Prof Hein Willemse on Adam Small, and also Prof Willemse’s tribute to Adam Small published in The Conversation shortly after Professor Small had passed away.

Contributed by Adrienne Warricker, Information Specialist for the Faculty Libraries for Humanities

Flash mob


The Merensky 2 Library was yet again the venue of choice for another flash mob – this time by Tuks Camerata. Wikipedia defines a flash mob as “a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression”.


On Wednesday 17 August at 10:30 Tuks Camerata surprised library clients by singing “Indodana” – a traditional IsiXhosa song arranged by conductor Michael Barrett and Ralf Schmitt. The main action was caught on camera by Department of Education Innovation staff members Andre Du Plessis and Steph Pond. Student Kornel Korb and library staff members Elsabé Olivier, Zenzi Msweli, Niel de Kock, Elmar Snyman, Adrienne Warricker and Cora Bezuidenhout also captured footage of the surprise and some was used in the final video production.


The flash mob performed in challenge of the Maties choir (from Stellenbosch University) and formed part of the publicity for the programme Varsity Sing on Kyknet (DSTV channel 144) which is currently scheduled on Thursdays at 20:30.The students reacted as follows on social media, using the hashtags #TuksCamerata #VarsitySing #UPLibraryFlashMob @kykNETtv @varsitysportsSA:


“Wat is dit van 'n flashmob wat mens tot trane dryf? Hierdie een is vars en pragtig.” – Lizette Geldenhuys Jonker


“Ons is fools vir musiek.” – Benita Hartman


“Wow this is beautiful...”- Deempho Matshaya Phalane


“Mariska Brenkman Neil van der Merwe Megan Ferris - ons mis altyd die cool goed…”- Anri Bezuidenhout


“Amazing!!! Just a few minutes ago at the library” - Boingotlo Cecil Mokomele

The flash mob has already been viewed 16, 986 times and can be viewed here:



Contributed by Elsabé Olivier, Marketing & Quality Assurance

Mandela day contributions


The Department of Library Services chose to show support for our own needy UP students this year. The “UP needy students project” is an on-going project managed by the UP Community Engagement Office and they identified a variety of needs and ways that our department could contribute. Staff members of the Department of Library Services donated clothes, toiletries, food items and cash, and on Friday 26 August Londiwe Mahlangu and Albert Matlheketlha from the UP Community Engagement Office accepted the donations as well as a cash contribution of R1000.


Thank you to every library staff member who contributed so generously, and for the assistance of the Marketing Committee members, who co-ordinated the donations in the different units or faculty libraries.


Gernia van Niekerk, Manager of Community Engagement reacted as follows: “I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your generous contributions. The students were already here today to fetch some of the groceries you have made available. From their side and on their behalf I also want to extend an appreciation for your help and kindness.”




Contributed by Elsabé Olivier, Marketing & Quality Assurance


The 2nd Postgraduate Forum


The 2nd Postgraduate Forum was held on 18 August 2016.  The intent of these forums is to cover topics of general interest to all postgraduate students and to present them after hours to also include part time students. 


For this forum the topics were Where to publish and Where not to publish.  Sunette Steynberg covered accredited journals, journal evaluation on Journal Citation Reports and Scopus and suggestions of how to identify the proper journal in which to publish.  Prof. Don Cowan would have covered predatory journals, publishers and conference proceedings.  Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Prof. Cowan could not attend.  Sunette then included some aspects of his talk in her talk and referred students to his full presentation on the library Research Guide at


Eighty students indicated that they would attend this forum.  Due to Prof Cowan’s absence many students believed that the Forum would be postponed and only 35 turned up.  Nevertheless, those attending enjoyed the presentation, were responsive and had good suggestions for future events.


A number of the recommendations were:

       More writing skills presentations

       A discussion on what different journals expect from authors

       Determining scope of literature study

       Plenary sessions

       Department and/or faculty library specific sessions


The Forum is also an opportunity to socialise and exchange ideas.


Contributed by Sunette Steynberg, Research Commons

Donation from the National Library of South Africa


It was found in a study commissioned by the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) in 2007 that many people had particular books in their indigenous languages that had a lasting impact on their lives. This discovery lead to a project called the Reprint of South African Classics in Indigenous Languages by DAC in partnership with the National Library of South Africa (NLSA).


Books that were regarded as literary classics in nine South African indigenous languages were identified by members of the public, academics, authors and librarians. A panel of literary and publishing experts finalised the list, with a total of 68 titles in nine indigenous languages being selected for reprint.


The Department of African Languages at the University of Pretoria inquired at the Department of Library Services about the possibility of purchasing a few titles from the NLSA. On contacting the NLSA we were pleasantly surprised to receive a very generous donation of 179 books, including titles in IsiNdebele, IsiZulu, Sepedi and Setswana. 


The assortment of books will be a beneficial addition to our library collection. They will also be of significant use and value to our students, for which we are thankful. We wish the NLSA ongoing success and look forward to collaborating with them in the future.


Contributed by Viveka Pillai, Faculty Library for Humanities

Librarians like to sing


Capital Singers is a community project and the brain child of Christo Burger who is regarded as one of South Africa's foremost conductors and clinicians of choral music. The purpose of capital Singers is to get people from all walks of life, with the passion for singing, together.


Five of the Department of Library Services’ staff members took part in the recent Capital Singers’  Musical Extravaganza which was held from 19-21 August 2016 at the NG Kerk Universiteitsoord.


We thoroughly enjoyed this experience and hereby invite our colleagues to also join in the fun!


You can get more info at or speak to anyone of us.



Contributed by Cora Bezuidenhout, Faculty Library for Engineering, Built Environment, Information Technology.

Casual Day


The Department of Library Services' units and faculty libraries again participated in the fun and games of Casual Day.


This year Casual Day was celebrated on Friday 2 September and the theme was "Up your game for persons with disabilities". Tickets were sold by Una Mgwenya throughout the month and the following Faculty libraries and units entered the internal Casual day competition:  Faculty Library for Education, Faculty Library for Humanities, Faculty Library for Engineering, Built Environment, Information Technology and Natural & Agricultural Sciences, Faculty Library for Veterinary Science, Circulation, Interlending and IT.


The two winning teams were:

·        The Faculty Library for Education who won the judges vote (again) due to the “joie de vivre" portrayed in their photograph;

·        and the Faculty Library for Humanities who struck a formal and traditional pose with all their sporting gear and awards. 


The two winning teams each received a delicious cake to be shared with staff members!


Contributed by by Elsabé Olivier, Marketing & Quality Assurance

Recent visitors to the Merensky 2 Library


Visitors from the National Archives of Ethiopia - 4 July 2016


University of Mpumalanga - 20 July 2016



University of Ghana visitors - 20 July 2016



Ewa Barczyk - 22 July 2016


Mr Oscar Sweeten-Lopez from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation - 29 July 2016

University of Zululand - 23 August 2016


Four delegates from the Congo Protestant  University - 22 September 2016



The main objective of the event is to achieve a state of wellness for all staff members of the University of Pretoria. Spring Day is however not only about fitness, but also about the fun of participating in events. There were information stands and basic wellness testing booths as well as nutritional information brochures to educate people about healthy eating habits. The sports events included soccer, volleyball, team relay, touch rugby.


The Library soccer team won 1-0 against Innovation Department and lost 2-0 against Food and Service Department in the second round. Tlou Mathiba scored the only goal in the first game. Timothy Matheba was the captain and David Maseko was the coach of the soccer team. Our goal keeper was Lathola. Other players on the Library soccer team were Sello Baloyi, Josiah Lebelo, Jabu, Wanani Sitsula and Elias Ntlhane.


The event was successful and the Spring mood and excitement in great evidence. People came in numbers. I would like to thank the highly appreciated Management support viz Lindiwe Soyizwapi (Deputy Director), Una Mgwenya (Sectretary), Suzy Nyakale (Level 5 Faculty Library manager).They helped with the catering. Timothy Matheba,  Abram Mofokeng, Una Mgwenya, Sello Kgwebane, Fana Mgidi, Ernest Sefolo, David Maseko also helped with the braai and the tents. Other Library staff members who attended included Elsabé Olivier, Cora Bezuidenhout, Zenzi Msweli, Suzan Mamabola, Rosina Ramokgola, Calvyn Badenhorst, Shirley Shai, Viveka Pillai, Pfano Makhera, Kenny Tshukudu, Raesibe Kekana, Bulelwa Mandubu and Lungile Rathepe.



Contributed by Josiah Lebelo, Information Specialist: Humanities Library

Hackathon held at the University of Pretoria MakerSpace


University of Pretoria MakerSpace in collaboration with Southern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (SA RILab) recently held a 24 hour Hackathon dubbed the “Spring Hackathon” from 15-16 September 2016. A total of 18 students (6 teams) participated, four of whom were girls. Students came from multiple disciplines including Psychology, Computer Science, Industrial, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, Political Sciences and Finance. Mr Isak van der Walt opened the Hackathon and briefed the students on the expectations and the rules of the Hackathon.


There were six challenges for student teams to respond to that included solutions to the following:

·        Home / Personal Security

·        Home Automation

·        Personal / Community Health

·        Personal / Community Wealth

·        Power supply / Power saving

·        Federated information sharing / control


Teams presented the following projects; home security system, community wealth project, customised bio-digester for rural communities, water purification hydro-cyle, smart chips for home automation and a smart house. Two projects fell under the category for community wealth, two under power saving, two for home automation and one in the category of home personal security. Students worked throughout the day  and night on 15 September and pitched their ideas on 16 September to a panel of judges who included the following Mr Isak van der Walt ( MakerSpace), Dr Flavia Senkubuge and Dr Inonge Kamugoma-Dada (School of Health Systems and Public Health) and Ms Petronella Chirawu (SA RILab). Prizes included tablets, shopping vouchers and flash disks.  Mr Isak van der Walt and Dr Senkubuge thanked all students for participating in the Hackathon. Efforts will be made to support the students to develop their projects further and to link them to potential funders. The MakerSpace will host another Summer Hackathon beginning of next year.

Contributed by Isak van der Walt

10 ways to green your work ethic

Terrific Tuesday brought to you by the Association for Office Professionals in South Africa - 27 September 2016


Contributed by Diana Gerritsen


Special Collections book of the month


UKhahlamba-Drakesnberg Park / Philip Briggs

 of the month

About the book:


The Southbound series of pocket guide celebrates South Africa's unique UNESCO World Heritage sites:

Robben Island

Greater St Lucia Wetland Park

uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

Mabungubwe Cultural Landscape

Cape Floral Region Protected Areas

The Cradle of Humankind

Vredefort Dome




Source: UKhahlamba-Drakesnberg Park / Philip Briggs. 2006.Southbound Publishers: South Africa


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