Celebrating Labour Month through Information and Education

CENTURION Pretoria, South Africa, May 2016 – Many people are not aware of why we observe occasions such as May Day or Labour Month in South Africa. To the majority of workers, it’s simply another holiday where we get to lounge around the house, binge-watch the latest series or visit friends. So in short – we see it as just another holiday. The truth is that these occasions originate from important historical milestones in the struggle to secure workers’ rights.

The Fight for Fair Working Hours
The fight for a shorter workday for the working class was a critical topic in political rhetoric dating back to the 1800s. On October 7, 1884 the Federation of Organized Trades and Labour Unions in the USA and Canada decided that a legal workday would constitute 8 hours, commencing on May 1, 1886. Ever since then, May Day has been observed on the same date every year around the world.

In the local context, however, the story goes even deeper because of our country’s history. The 100th anniversary of May fell on May 1, 1986. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), one of South Africa’s largest labour federations and only about a year old at the time, demanded that the first of May be recognised as a public holiday called Worker’s Day. The federation called for a stay away that – in the end – was supported by over 1.5-million workers, pupils, taxi associations, shopkeepers and many others.

The Struggle Is Not Over – but It Is Changing
The struggle to improve the living and working conditions of workers continues even today. As technology brings new innovations and practices into the workplace, we need to constantly think of their implications on the lives of ordinary workers. We’ve seen many instances in recent times where digital disruptions result in wholesale changes in entire industries. We’ve seen iTunes change how consumers listen to music, where they no longer need to go to stores to purchase physical copies of albums, and the backlash from artists around the world about it. We’ve also started seeing companies promise the world self-driving cars and, in the same breath, raise concerns about the future of jobs in the auto industry.

We Need Help Navigating the Labour Law Landscape
The ever-changing labour landscape makes it a must for companies and individuals alike to keep up with the law, especially right now during Labour Month.
Sabinet Labour is a one-stop resource covering any of your legal information needs regarding labour – straight from the Courts to your inbox. Sabinet send out a weekly newsletter with current developments in the industry, with subscribers being able to sign up to receive Labour Judgments and/or Bargaining Council Agreements. The best thing about their service is that they’re easily reachable online, too.

We need more companies to participate in the conversation about challenges facing the labour industry. The best way to do this is to make legal information about it more accessible. Spread the word, and enjoy the rest of your Labour Month!


The University of KwaZulu-Natal is now live with OCLC WorldShare Management Services

Pretoria, South Africa

University becomes first African institution to implement OCLC’s cloud based library management services

LEIDEN, Netherlands, February 10, 2015—The University of Kwazulu-Natal, a leading African university, is now using OCLC WorldShare Management Services (WMS) as its library management system.

WMS provide cloud-based library management and discovery applications in an integrated suite, offering librarians a comprehensive and cost-effective way to manage library workflows efficiently, and improve end users’ access to library collections and services.

The implementation of WMS helps bring the university closer to its mission of achieving academic excellence and innovation in research. Joyce Myeza, Library Director, University Kwazulu-Natal explains: “WMS is a global knowledge system, it helps us widen access to learning research, and innovation, to both our local and global scholars. WMS enables us to deliver infrastructure and support services designed around their learning needs.” Speaking of the reasons for selecting WMS Joyce says: “The costs of maintaining our legacy systems was becoming unsustainable. This combined with a desire to provide consolidated access to all of our resources and make better use of our collections budget were instrumental in our decision to implement WMS.”

The University of KwaZulu-Natal was formed on 1 January 2004 as a result of the merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal. The new university brings together the rich histories of both the former Universities.

“OCLC are excited to welcome the University of KwaZulu-Natal to the WMS community,” said Eric van Lubeek, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA. “One of the institution’s strategic objectives is to establish efficient, effective management systems for students, which meet their requirements in a pragmatic and flexible way. We are delighted that the university saw WMS as way to achieve this for its many library users”.

OCLC works in conjunction with its local partner, Sabinet, in the African region. Sabinet provided on-the-ground implementation support and training for the University of KwaZulu-Natal and will be providing ongoing support for WMS in Africa.

“We are pleased to have played a significant role during course of this implementation,” stated Ros Hattingh MD of Sabinet. “Sabinet has worked with OCLC for a number of years and the successful implementation of WMS at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is as a result of this successful partnership.”

Almost 300 libraries on four continents—Australia, Europe, North America and Africa—are currently using OCLC WorldShare Management Services to gain efficiencies and improve usability in library services and end-user discovery.

More about WorldShare Management Services is on the OCLC website.

About The University of KwaZulu-Natal

The new University of KwaZulu-Natal unites two major educational institutions in KwaZulu-Natal the University of Natal and the University of Durban-Westville. The University of KwaZulu-Natal aims to be a truly South African university that reflects the society in which it is situated not only in terms of race, gender and class but in terms of how it structures its values and priorities and how it responds to social needs.

As an institution of higher learning, it is committed to academic excellence, innovation in research and critical engagement with society. With its vision to be the Premier University of African Scholarship, the University of KwaZulu-Natal draws inspiration from an African identity and takes seriously its responsibilities to the development of the African continent.

About OCLC

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat.org on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC website.

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.

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

Sabinet’s roots are in library support services, where it is recognised for providing central platforms for collaboration and resource sharing among libraries. For more information, visit the Sabinet website.

For more information contact
Cathy Naidoo
Corporate Marketing Manager

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.


Ms Ellen Tise
From 10 – 12 April 2014 the OCLC Global Council meeting was held in Dublin, Ohio, USA.

This meeting concluded by holding elections for two vacant positions in the Board of Trustees and the position of President – elect and Vice President of the Global Council. These are two important bodies in the governing structure of OCLC.

We are pleased to inform you that the two candidates nominated by the Executive Committee of the EMEA Regional Council for both these positions were elected. These candidates are:

  • Board of Trustees: Ms Ellen Tise (Senior Director: Library and Information Services at Stellenbosch University, South Africa). Her e-mail address is etise@sun.ac.za. (Mr John Szabo who is the City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, USA was elected to the other position in the Board of Trustees)
  • President – Elect of the Global Council: Ms Anja Smit (University Librarian at Utrecht University, the Netherlands). Her e-mail address is H.P.A. Smit@uu.nl

Please join us in congratulating these candidates from the EMEA Regional Council, Ellen and Anja for their being elected to these elevated and responsible positions. We wish them success as they carry out their responsibilities entrusted on them by the members of OCLC.

WorldCat Discovery is now available in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand

Libraries using FirstSearch will move to a richer discovery experience.

OCLC has launched WorldCat Discovery Services, making it possible for library staff and users currently using FirstSearch to move to a richer discovery experience. WorldCat Discovery has been developed and refined based on input and feedback from a 30-member Advisory Group and more than 650 FirstSearch beta test libraries around the world.

WorldCat Discovery Services comprise the new suite of cloud-based applications that brings the FirstSearch and WorldCat Local services together. The new suite enables staff and users to discover more than 1.5 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in libraries around the world through a single search of both WorldCat and a central index that represents nearly 2,000 e-content collections. The new interface has been built using responsive web design principles and is natively optimized for use across desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

WorldCat Discovery Services are now available to thousands of current FirstSearch subscribers as part of existing subscriptions. FirstSearch will operate in parallel with WorldCat Discovery through December 31, 2015, allowing libraries to choose their transition timing. WorldCat Discovery is available initially to libraries in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. It will be made available to libraries in Asia and Europe, Middle East and Africa later in the year .

FirstSearch libraries can review migration information, and register their intent to transition to the new service. Multiple training sessions, such as online courses and video tutorials, are available to help libraries make a smooth transition to WorldCat Discovery.

Current WorldCat Local and WorldShare Management Services libraries can begin to use WorldCat Discovery Services during a beta period that begins in April. WorldCat Discovery Services can also be tailored to enhance the local discovery experience through additional fee-based options.

Sign up for a Webinar on WorldCat Discovery Services to see how it works.
Start your transition to WorldCat Discovery today!



Prof. Rocky Ralebipi-Simela

The Board of the National Library of South Africa announced that Prof Rocky Ralebipi-Simela has been appointed as the National Librarian with effect from 1 May 2014.

She has been the Regional Director of the Limpopo region of the University of South Africa (Unisa) for the past two years. Prof Ralebipi-Simela holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh (USA) and a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Minnesota (USA). She has more than ten years of experience in senior management positions in related fields.

Prof Ralebipi-Simela was a member of the first Board of the National Library of South Africa (2000-2003) and was appointed as Chairperson of the second Board of the NLSA (2003-2006). She was the Chairperson of the National Council of Library and Information services (NCLIS) from 2007-2011. She has served in the business (production and publications of online databases in the USA) and higher education sectors (as a Library and Information professional and academic leader) for 35 years.

Prof Ralebipi-Simela has also served on the Board of Sabinet since 2005. We want to wish her all the very best in her new role and we are looking forward to her contribution to the LIS sector.