The Sabinet Legacy: share the journey

For over 30 years, Sabinet has been committed to changing lives through providing access to information. Our passion is to share knowledge – because this not only empowers individuals but it supports education and social upliftment.

Our story began in the early 80s and today we have flourished from providing purely library support services to offering customised information-centric services for libraries, corporates, small businesses, students, the media and researchers.

We are excited to share a video of this rewarding journey with you – click here to view and share.

African Research Journals: The Importance of African Content in Research

African Research Journals

Technology has allowed us to share information effortlessly and on a global scale. As a result, the planet’s population is moving ever closer to a universal knowledge-base. However, while the concept of universally shared and accepted knowledge is possible, it cannot exist (at least in the foreseeable future) because of a single factor; the individual knowledge of nations, such as that contained in African research journals.

Sarpong (2002) wrote that a people’s approach to knowledge and science (and the investigation thereof) cannot be removed from its history. African content is thus important in relation to research for the following reasons:

1. It Allows for Comprehensive Research

Even if the topic being researched stems from a foreign school of thought, African content is important for comprehensive research. The African literature on the topic might provide supporting or sometimes opposing evidence, making the research on the topic more complete. And, when it comes to research, it is often desirable to include other perspectives in order to validate the position of the research.

2. It Is Absolutely Relevant to African Studies

When it comes to researching African-centric topics, African content is invaluable, for obvious reasons. There is no better perspective on the topics relevant to African development than that portrayed in the literature and journal entries published in Africa by Africans.

3. It Portrays Development over Important Fields

Historical views on certain topics might not always be consistent with modern thinking, but they are always important when it comes to research. This is true for a number of reasons, but one definite advantage of historical literature is the fact that it can be used to portray development over certain fields, and present an accurate time-frame for that development.

Sabinet provides access to the African Journal Archive, which covers historical writings on a variety of topics, including politics, history, geology, education, law, medicine, botany, agriculture, and zoology.

Sabinet’s African ePublications

The African Journal Archive was sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York in an effort to preserve the important literature of Africa and make it available for research projects. The result is a collection of journal articles covering the topics mentioned above, and dating back to 1906.

The African Journal Archive contains more than 182 African journals, incorporating over 150,000 articles, which are full-text and fully searchable through our information services.

To learn more about this service and how you might access it, be sure to contact Sabinet right away.

A Closer Look at Sabinet Monitoring Services

Sabinet Monitoring Services

When you want to find something online, you don’t enter URL after URL and read all the content on each site in the hope that you’ll discover what you are looking for. This would be far too time-consuming and not necessarily very effective. Instead, you adopt the digital answer to this process and have a search engine perform this task for you, cutting down your search time to milliseconds. But, if it can be this easy in some areas, why are you still extracting legal information from multiple sources? Sabinet Monitoring Services intend to change the way you find legal information online, cut down your search times drastically, and keep you constantly in the know.

Sabinet Monitoring Services work to compile all the movements in terms of legislation and feed it to you as it happens. It uses up-to-the-minute research on Bills and Draft Bills to notify you of changes before they happen, keeping you always ahead of the curve when it comes to important legislation being passed.

You have the power to decide when you would like to be notified of events, depending on your choice of service, meaning that you could potentially receive real-time updates of important events sourced from Sabinet monitoring articles, press releases, opinion pieces, speeches, and statements.

Who Benefits from Sabinet Monitoring Services?

Our services benefit workers in a great many fields, including the following:

1. People in the Legal Field

Naturally, if you are to offer sound legal advice, you have to keep abreast of the current state of the law through legislation. Our legal monitoring services allow you to just this, taking away the stress of having to obtain your information from multiple sources. With Sabinet, the latest happenings in the legal environment can potentially appear in your email inbox moments after they occur.

2. Legal Reporters and Journalists

It is necessary for those writing about changes in South Africa’s legislation to be privy to those changes as they occur. But, notifications of these changes are not always handed down on a platter. With this in mind, it is far easier to have a constant feed of collated information coming from a reliable source, which is exactly the service offered by our monitoring process.

3. Businesses with Legal Restrictions

If you own a business that operates within stringent legal boundaries, you need to be aware of any changes which may affect the way you run your business. Fortunately, with our service, you can set a filter to only receive information pertinent to your industry.

Sabinet is the Only Source You Need

Our monitoring services extract data from a wide variety of sources and offer it to you in a simple, easy-to-follow medium. This makes us the only source you need in order to keep abreast of legislative progress.

To learn more, or register for our services, please contact us today.

Unlocking the blockchain – An introduction to bitcoin and distributed ledger technology

While not many vendors in South Africa accepts cryptocurrency as a valid payment method, Bitcoin has started taking over the entire world. Bitcoin is an innovative payment network and a new kind of money. Invented by an unknown programmer, or a group of programmers, under the name Satoshi Nakamoto. Published in 2008, and was released as open-source software in 2009.

And although the Rand continuous to weaken, Bitcoin and cryptocurrency is growing fast, with currency values climbing in 2017. Bitcoin enjoyed an increase in price of 63% during the last month and trade volumes almost ten folded on our local exchanges.

In light of this, Sabinet hosted the annual Organisation of South African Law Libraries (OSALL) breakfast workshop in Centurion that focused on this very topical matter and the impact thereof.

Norton Rose Fulbright’ Kerri Crawford and Rakhee Bhikha, based in Johannesburg, shared mind-boggling insights with law librarians and other professionals from the legal industry.

One might be familiar with cryptocurrencies, digital currencies or virtual currencies, but they all mean the same thing. Bitcoins hold many benefits in which they are readily available and the cost of transactions are very low. None of these however are linked to a bank or country.

Bitcoins are preferred by many online patrons, because of its real-time processing, easy accessible and most likely the anonymity factor to it. These days, you can purchase almost anything using bitcoins form coffee to houses, and you can use it in any country.

But the real question everyone is asking is how can something so anonymous and acquired so easily over the internet be legal? Every day we hear about how people are using their hard-earned Rands and buying bitcoins – whether it is for an investment or the thrill of buying internet currency and watching it grow by the day, sometimes even doubling overnight. Fact is Bitcoins are changing the financial industry the same way web changed the publishing industry.

Bitcoins are ‘mined’, using computing power in a distributed network. This network also processes transactions made with the virtual currency, effectively making bitcoin its own payment network.

Only 21 million bitcoins can ever be created by miners. However, these coins can be divided into smaller parts (the smallest divisible amount is one hundred millionth of a bitcoin and is called a ‘Satoshi’, after the founder of bitcoin).

Parliamentary Documents For SONA 2017

The State of the Nation Address by the President of South AfricaThe State of the Nation Address by the President of South Africa is certainly among the most important days in the calendar year for any South African citizen. It is where the President of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma from the African National Congress (ANC) ruling party takes centre stage and outlines what the country and presidency will focus on for the year ahead.

Following numerous parliamentary documents submitted by committee and government officials alike, regarding the business of certain departments, the Presidency aims to create clarity regarding what the nation deems as vitally important going forward.

To make sure you are prepared before watching this or any future SONA, ask yourself the following questions. Read More