ABET project feedback

We are very proud of our Chairperson’s Fund’s involvement in the Tshwane Library Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) Programme. The Chaiperson’s Fund has been sponsoring this programme since 2006. Five ABET Centres are currently functioning in the Tshwane region namely in Temba, Hammanskraal, Olievenhoutbosch, Ga-rankuwa and Stanza Bopape. A total of 87 learners have received training from 1 April 2007 – 31 March 2008 and there are many heart-warming success stories.

Tshwane Community Library and Information Services reports in their progress report that the ABET programme has been very progressive during this financial year and they have seen a huge improvement in the learners as well as much enthusiasm in the tutors. Most of the learners who are in ABET level 1 programmes can now for the first time in their lives read and write, they have seen this training as an opportunity of a life time.

Sabinet’s Chairperson’s Fund has decided to increase its support to this worthy project in the new financial year. The additional support will enable Tshwane to open a new centre in Nellmapius (East of Pretoria) and to appoint two new tutors for this region.

We want to say thank you to the 11 tutors who are doing an excellent job in changing people’s lives.

News from NetLaw

Our SA Legislation product, NetLaw, has been expanded to contain all principal acts and regulations from 1910 to the present. It now includes 828 updated principal acts, rules and regulations.

 Well done to our production team with this achievement!

New appointment

We have a new colleague in our Cape Town office as from 1 April 2008. His name is Nick Garvie and he will work as a writer/editor for our Parliamentary Monitoring Service.

Nick, we wish you a very successful and happy career at Sabinet.

New National Council for Library and Information Services

The Department of Arts and Culture has announced that in accordance with the National Council for Library and Information Services Act, 2001 (No. 6 of 2001), the Minister of Arts and Culture has appointed the following persons to the new National Council for Library and Information Services (NCLIS) for the term 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2010. Sabinet would like to congratulate them with their appointments and wish them well with the important role that they will fulfil.

CHAIRPERSON

Prof M D R Ralebipi-Simela
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, Central University of Technology, Free State (Bloemfontein)

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News from Koki’s Computer School

Koki’s Computer School’s First Graduation CeremonySabinet’s Chairperson’s Fund assists Koketso Nkuna’s business, Koki’s Computer School, as an enterprise development project. We assist her with advice, funds, equipment etc. to grow her business which currently operates mainly in Mamelodi.

We want to share Koketso’s progress report for the first quarter of the year, her future plans and how Sabinet will further assist her with you.

During February 2008, 15 students registered for the Basic Computer Training classes at the Stanza Bopape Community Library in Mamelodi East. According to Koketso her students are self-motivated and disciplined learners. She will start classes at the Mamelodi West Community Library soon. Tshwane Community Library and Information Services has made a room available at this library with 10 internet access points with the hope that more people in Mamelodi West will be able to receive Basic Computer Skills. The Sabinet Chairperson’s Fund decided to sponsor Koki’s Computer School with 7 computers to use at this new computer training venue.

Koketso is currently attempting to get accreditation for her course from Seta and we trust that she will achieve this soon. Her future plans are to expand her training course to Halala and West Park Community Libraries. We wish her well and will continue to support her to grow her business.

For more information visit: http://www.sabinet.co.za/about_involve.html

New Product Lines launched at Regional Meetings

Sabinet had a very busy and interesting time during February and March 2008.

We launched our new product lines at regional meetings held throughout the country. These are:

  • Integrated Library Systems and
  • Digital Collection Management

The meetings were well attended and we received very positive feedback from the attendees. We are pleased to be able to make these new products available to the LIS sector.

The Integrated Library Systems that we offer are:

  • OLIB7, a functionally rich, fully integrated library management system from OCLC and
  • Koha, an open-source integrated library system

The Digital Collection Management Solution that we introduced is OCLC’s CONTENTdm. This system is specifically designed for the web presentation of digitised special collections.