Sabinet is awarded “outstanding distributor partner” by OCLC EMEA

Sabinet was presented with an award for “outstanding distributor partner” by OCLC EMEA earlier this month.

Over the last 31 years, Sabinet has managed to build a strong local and international reputation for providing Africa’s information to the world and the world’s information to Africa.

None of which could have been possible without our partnership with OCLC, a non-profit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing information costs.

The result of this enduring partnership of 19 years, is what allows us at Sabinet to continue in pursuing our mission of bringing world class products to South Africa.

“To a distributor who does not act like a distributor, but like a true OCLC team member. Sometimes they do a better job than we do and while today they learn from us, on many occasions we have learned from them, we would like to thank them for their outstanding performance with this award.” Dénelise l’Ecluse, Director of Sales and Marketing OCLC EMEA

We are delighted to be recognised as the Outstanding Distributor partner by OCLC and hope we can continue to win such awards every year! Thank you to our staff who continuously endeavour to make Sabinet a company to be proud of, and also to all our clients who continue to support us year after year.

Sabinet, still your trusted partner in library support services.

Sabinet Provides Support for small Law Firms and Tertiary Institutions in South Africa

Exorbitant operating costs are one of the biggest barriers in starting a small or medium enterprise in South Africa today. Many law firms and tertiary institutions in South Africa have felt this financial pressure, it is impossible for businesses and institutions everywhere to ignore these economic times

Sabinet has been facilitating access to information for more than 30 years. Since 2005, 21 tertiary institutions have been receiving free access to Sabinet’s South African Legislation product (NetLaw) and in 2011, 287 small, less advantaged South African law firms received the same. To date, this sponsorship amounts to nearly R9, 2 million.

“Access to information is our core business“ says Sabinet Managing Director, Rosalind Hattingh, “but more importantly, we understand that costs and reliability can be big factors when choosing a service provider and as an information provider we assure timeous and accurate information to law firms and tertiary institutions in South Africa.” Sabinet, as a company that cares for its community and its people believes that this initiative will contribute to the development and education of South Africans on how to use online legal resources as a simple, valuable and credible source. This initiative, funded by Sabinet, was designed to assist tertiary libraries and small law firms not only with legal information but also to uplift and support legal professionals or prospective law students.

Sabinet’s South African Legislation product (NetLaw) offers updated and consolidated South African principal Acts, Rules and Regulations from 1910 to date. All amendments as published in the Government Gazette are updated as soon as possible. Only the latest version of the Act currently in force is made available to eliminate any potential confusion.

To ensure easy access to the Acts and its Amendments, full-text copies with references are available in HTML format and Amendments in PDF format for easy printing and emailing. Sabinet also offers support to users on how to do searches and use the system effectively.

Sabinet facilitating access to Newsbank products in South Africa

Sabinet is pleased to announce that an agreement has been concluded with NewsBank, Inc., publisher of Access South Africa and the South African News Archive. NewsBank, has been one of the world’s premier information providers for more than 40 years. As part of this agreement, Sabinet will distribute the NewsBank services to Corporate and Government institutions in Southern Africa.

Sabinet is thrilled to be appointed as the distributor of this very valuable information source to corporate and government institutions in Southern Africa. This venture reinforces our commitment to bringing world class information products and services to Southern Africa,” commented Rosalind Hattingh, MD of Sabinet. “These products offer tremendous value to institutions in and around South Africa. Additionally organisations are able to customise their subscription according to their needs,” concluded Rosalind Hattingh.

The South African News Archive is the world’s largest repository of historical and current news from and about South Africa and provides access to historical full text South African news sources which are not available in this complete format anywhere else.

“The South African News Archive is an extraordinary new resource that will be of tremendous value to anyone researching current or historical news,” said Tim Russell, Vice President for International Markets at NewsBank.  “By offering so many well-known and respected English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu titles in a single, intuitive collection, we have opened up exciting new avenues for research.”

Access South Africa, a component of The South African News Archive, is the largest full-text, cross-searchable database of 130 newspapers, newswires, web-only news content, blogs and news feeds from across South Africa. More than 60 of those sources are unique to Access South Africa, including Financial Mail, Mail & Guardian, Beeld, The Citizen, Die Burger, City Press, Witness, Son, Daily Sun, Hermanus Times, Kouga Express, Ons Stad, Potchefstroom Herald, Stellenbosch Gazette, Vaal Weekblad and Volksblad, as well as Cape Argus, Mercury, The Star, Bolander and Isolezwe ngeSonto. The collection includes news sources from publishing houses such as Independent, Times/Avusa, Media24 and many more. Access South African contains 130 national, provincial and local current newspapers and is updated daily.

Organisations can use Access South Africa as a research tool for any related news item published in South Africa or as a media-monitoring tool. Additionally, daily alerts can be set up so as to ensure that an organisation is informed about the latest industry specific developments. This service also allows for an organisation to add quick links to popular titles so staff can effortlessly locate articles from a specific source or province.

Other NewsBank products available to corporate and government institutions via Sabinet are:

Access World News includes more than 8,000 news sources from nearly every country in the world.  Including all content contained in Access South Africa, Access World News is the ideal resource for companies needing information beyond the South African market.

African Newspapers, Series 1 1800-1922 contains 42 historical newspapers from across Africa, 23 from South Africa.  The forthcoming African Newspapers, Series 2 1798-1900 comprises of 60 searchable African newspapers published in the 18th and 19th century and 20 from South Africa.

The Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports 1941-1996: Sub-Saharan Africa collection was established by Roosevelt in 1941 to record, transcribe and translate radio and other news broadcasts from around the world. The complete archive has since become a daily record of events as they occurred and in many cases represent the only surviving records.

About NewsBank

NewsBank, Inc. is one of the world’s premier information providers, serving public libraries, community colleges, colleges and universities, schools, government and military libraries, genealogists, professionals and researchers worldwide for more than 35 years. Through partnerships with leading global news publishers, NewsBank provides Web-based access to more than 6,000 news sources, including newspapers, newswires, web-only sources, broadcast transcripts, journals, periodicals and other publications. NewsBank’s Readex division provides online access to a wealth of historical primary source materials, including the World Newspaper Archive, Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports and the acclaimed Archive of Americana.

About Sabinet:

With a sound track record of 31 years, Sabinet has firmly established itself as a leader in facilitating access to a wide spectrum of high quality and credible information sources. Over the course of the last three decades, Sabinet has managed to build a strong local and international reputation for providing Africa’s information to the world and the world’s information to Africa.

Our mission to support library technical process, promote resource sharing and enable access to information sources is underpinned by our dedication to the values of commitment, partnerships, understanding and support.

Sabinet’s roots are in library support services, where we are recognised for providing central platforms for collaboration and resource sharing among libraries.

Sabinet will distribute for NewsBank in Southern Africa

Sabinet is pleased to announce that an agreement was reached with NewsBank whereby Sabinet will distribute the NewsBank services to Corporate and Government institutions in Southern Africa.

The South African News Archive from NewsBank, is the world’s largest repository of current and historical news from and about South Africa.  This ground breaking suite of collections covers South African news from 1800 to present, providing researchers with access to a wide range of newspaper titles never before available in either digitized or full-text formats.

The South African News Archive will provide libraries in government and corporations with easy access to more than 100 current South African newspapers and news sources as well as a vast range of historical newspapers.  Most of these sources have never been offered in electronic format before and are only available through NewsBank.

“The South African News Archive is an extraordinary new resource that will be of tremendous value to anyone researching current or historical news,” said Tim Russell, Vice President for International Markets at NewsBank.  “By offering so many well-known and respected English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu titles in a single, intuitive collection, we have opened up exciting new avenues of research.”


South African News Archive will consist of four collections, available individually or as a bundled suite:

  • Access South Africa is a current, full-text news database featuring nearly 100 South African news sources—in English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa—ranging from 1997 through present-day editions.
  • World Newspaper Archive Africa: Series I 1800-1922: is a fully searchable collection of images from more than 40 historical newspapers across Africa—with roughly half of that number from South Africa.  Among the included titles are Cape Town Gazette, South Africa’s first newspaper; Ilanga Lase Natal, published by John Dube; and Indian Opinion, the publication in which Gandhi first espoused non-violent resistance.
  • World Newspaper Archive Africa: Series II 1800-1900: This collection features full images the from the British Library’s most historically valuable titles, including Pretoria News, Cape Argus, Cape Times and Diamond Fields Advertiser.
  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports: Sub-Saharan Africa, 1974-1996: FBIS Daily Reports are fully searchable daily transcripts of important newspaper stories, radio and television broadcasts and government speeches from the sub-Saharan region—with an emphasis on South Africa. Many African scholars consider these Reports to be an essential resource for researching the events that ultimately led to the end of apartheid.

About NewsBank

NewsBank, inc. is one of the world’s premier information providers, serving public libraries, community colleges, colleges and universities, schools, government and military libraries, genealogists, professionals and researchers worldwide for more than 35 years. Through partnerships with leading global news publishers, NewsBank provides Web-based access to more than 6,000 news sources, including newspapers, newswires, web-only sources, broadcast transcripts, journals, periodicals and other publications. NewsBank’s Readex division provides online access to a wealth of historical primary source materials, including the World Newspaper Archive, Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports and the acclaimed Archive of Americana.

About Sabinet

Established in 1983 as a library support service provider, Sabinet is today a leader in facilitating access to information. Over the past 30 years the company has grown extensively to provide a wide range of products and services, as well as platforms for collaboration amongst libraries.

Finding Legislation is as easy as 1… 2… 3…!

More than 30 years ago Sabinet was formed and today we facilitate access to information for libraries across the globe. The aim of our service is to provide updated and accurate content so our clients can have easy-access to the information they need, when they need it. In order to enhance user experience, Sabinet needed to come up with a way to simplify searches, and who better to ask than the people who actually use our products?

Sabinet prides itself on the speedy addition of the latest information and Legislation which is why our products are updated within five days of receiving the amendment notices. Our legislation service covers everything on the latest Acts and Regulations as well as Ordinances from municipal level up to national level that are currently enforced in the country.

Our Legal Products offer the following to our clients

  • Legislation services are uniformed, our clients can effortlessly find info by simply filling in the electronic form and filtering searches. Also provided is a menu option and indexes.
  • Our Legislation services link together so users can navigate between different pieces of Legislation.
  • Our Legislation services also link applicable notices such as draft or amendment notices in the Provincial/Government Gazettes.
  • The latest amendments are highlighted to make it simple for clients to see the latest changes made to an Act.
  • A historical view of all amendments to Legislation is also available.
  • Weekly Newsletters with relevant links for all Legislation products keep our clients well informed of all the changes to the latest Legislations, our clients can also view the What’s New” Tab for any changes in Legislations. The Menu tabs makes finding any Legislation seamless.

Sabinet offers a central place where all legal products are kept. You can refer to any of South Africa’s National Legislations via the linked indexes, as well as search across a specific Act and Regulations effortlessly. Court Forms applicable to various courts are also available and everything is linked. National Acts can be searched for either alphabetically or chronologically according to province.

Provincial Legislation is Sabinet’s latest offering, as with all our products we try to integrate indexes and updated information with a historical view of all changes and amendments to these pieces of Legislation, to make it less complicated for you. Sabinet is the only company to offer a graphical timeline of each Act that shows the changes in each year as well as links to the different versions published.  Provincial Legislation can be found either by searching for them in chronological order or alphabetically per province. Provincial Legislation is available in downloadable PDF versions.

Our Municipal By-laws, offer clients an endless pool of information available at their fingertips. Clients can obtain any information regarding a specific Municipality from the Sabinet’s Legal Product. The Index ensures smooth searches, disestablished or name changes in the local municipalities are not an issue as it will reflect both the old and the new names.  Our clients can now get a list of all the By-laws applicable for each municipality as well as a list of which of these bodies have been shut down. Indexes are designed to either search per municipality alphabetically or municipalities per province.

Please feel free to contact Sabinet or drop us a mail for more information!

Library Directors Conference – 9 May 2014

Sabinet held a Library Directors Conference on 9 May 2014 at River Meadow Manor in Irene, Pretoria. Our Guest Speaker,  Clem Sunter gave some wonderful insights on Libraries in South Africa and their valuable role in society. Sabinet thanks everyone for attending this conference as well as your feedback on our products and services. One of the questions posed during the conference was; How important are Libraries in your life? Tell us what you think #SabinetSA #LoveYourLibrary

Library Directors from Unisa – The University of South Africa University of Pretoria Tshwane University of Technology University of Johannesburg Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Stellenbosch University Durban University of Technology University of Zululand Library Rhodes University University of Fort Hare University of Cape Town Walter Sisulu University University of the Free State Central University of Technology North-West University: Potchefstroom Campus Libraries University of Venda Mangosuthu University of Technology University of the Western Cape Vaal University of Technology attended the conference

Sabinet sponsors LIASA’s Librarian of the Year 2013 awards

High standards and dedication goes a long way for Free State Librarian!

When you walk into the doors of the Lourier Park Public Library, in Bloemfontein, Free State, you are immediately welcomed by the warm and caring branch librarian, Ms Rina Jansen van Rensburg. Every year, LIASA (library and Information Association of South Africa) awards Librarians across the country the Librarian of the year award.

Rina received 2nd runner up award for the year 2013 and R10 000 in prize money from Sabinet. When asked what she will do with the prize money she says
“I would like to visit a number of libraries in the Western Cape to learn from them what they have done to become successful public libraries in their communities”.

In her own time Ms Rina Jansen van Rensburg has adopted a nursery school, Reya Hola Day Care, in Lourier Park. Her main goal is to provide the best education to all the young minds it cares for. Reya Hola Day Care is the only nursery school in Lourier Park that does not have a permanent structure of bricks and mortar but is housed in a shack. Realising that while the staff are talented and dedicated to the children, they do not have the financial capacity to service all their educational needs.

Sabinet salutes Rina and her fellow South African Librarians for their hard work, determination and innovative thinking. “We, at Sabinet, believe that through collaboration, we can turn ideas into action and Rina and her community projects, embodied this,” says Rosalind Hattingh, MD of Sabinet Limited.

The judging criteria for Librarian of the Year Award are based on the professionalism, engagement, leadership and development, strategic thinking and implementation, innovations and advocacy, branding of the library profession by the librarians and their contribution to LIASA.