Provincial Legislation just got better!

Our Provincial NetLaw product now consists of all Acts, Ordinances and Regulations in force. During the last quarter of 2014 we completed and added all Regulations in terms of Acts and Ordinances currently in force, making it the most up-to-date, reliable and comprehensive collection of Provincial Legislation.

Sabinet’s Provincial NetLaw product is the only one of its kind available on the market. It allows you to see the Legislation as it is applicable today but also as it was at a particular point throughout history. Every version of Legislation across the current 9 provinces is available as well as Legislation for older provinces before 1994.

Provincial NetLaw has over time become one of Sabinet’s most successful products and today it is even better. It offers a variety of benefits to you and your organisation and keeps you abreast of new developments in South African Legislation. This complete Legislation product now also includes all Regulations in terms of Acts and Ordinances currently still in force and if you need, you can access an historical view of older versions of all Acts, Ordinances and Regulations in force from 1910.

For more information contact our client services on 012 643 9500 or email info@sabinet.co.za

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
cathy@sabinet.co.za

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.

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!

Addition of proposed amendments to Legislation on the Sabinet Legislation Product (NetLaw)

Sabinet is happy to announce that any proposed amendments to a specific piece of legislation will be made available on its South African Legislation Product (Netlaw). As from 1 April 2014 you will start to notice that any proposed amendments to a piece of Legislation will reflect under that specific Section of an Act and will display as follows:

NetLaw

Please note that this new addition will not apply retrospectively and will only reflect on the Legislation as and when any new Amendment Acts are published from 1 April 2014 onwards.

When using Sabinet’s Legislation product it is important to note that it remains the responsibility of users to ensure that at all times they are referring to the Sections of an Act which are in force and currently applicable and not the proposed amendments not yet in force.

Sabinet launches CCMA and Bargaining Council Awards

Sabinet is excited to announce that we have launched CCMA and Bargaining Council Awards as a part of our Sabinet Labour Judgments product on 6 February 2014. This additional search option contains all of the more than 300 000 Awards from 1996 to date. Access to these Awards will be available to all existing Sabinet Labour clients.

The addition of the CCMA Awards will assist users of the Sabinet Labour product to seamlessly access the full text of any CCMA Award in a few easy steps.

Sabinet will be adding the new CCMA and Bargaining Council Awards on a monthly basis within 5 days of receiving the information thereby making this service the most up–to–date and complete in the market.

Our new search page provides users with the following searching option: Keywords, Employee, Employer, Award Number, Hearing Date range, Award Date, Reason for Dismissal and/or CCMA Division / Bargaining Council. Alternatively users can use the Keyword fields to search across all the full text.

The Awards can also be accessed from a separate tab on the menu bar as can be seen below.

Should you have any questions please contact Client Services, tel: +27 (0)12 643-9500 or email: info@sabinet.co.za

Review of the African Electronic Journals (SA ePublications) published in The Charleston Advisor

The review critically examines the content, intended audience, scope, user interface, search engine, features and usability of the electronic journals database. The overall rating was 4.25 out of a possible score of 5.

Subscribers to The Charleston Advisor can view the article here:

Non-subscribers of The Charleston Advisor can read the abstract here:

Sabinet would like to thank Elsabe Olivier and Prof. Ina Fourie for conducting the review and also want to recognise Digby Sales who initiated the process.

More information on the African Electronic Journals (SA ePublications) can be found here.