Staff News: New Appointments

We welcome two well known colleagues into new positions at Information Services – Potchefstroom

magrieta_afrikaMagrieta Afrika was appointed as Assistant Librarian in the Information Commons and commenced duties on Monday the 3rd of June. Magrieta has extensive experience working in community libraries and has been working in the Ferdinand Postma Library since 2007.  She worked in different departments gaining experience in the academic library environment.  She completed B Inf in 2016 through UNISA.

katelego-chiyaKatlego Chiya was appointed in the position of Faculty Librarian and will join the Potchefstroom team on 1 July 2019.  After completing his BA in Media Studies at the University of Limpopo, Katlego completed his Higher Diploma in Information Studies at the same institution, where he also gained his first year of experience in an academic library.  He worked as Librarian at the South African Biodiversity Institute before joining the NWU LIS as Assistant Librarian (Information Services) at Vanderbijlpark in February 2015 . Katlego is currently busy with his MA in Information Science via UNISA.

We wish both colleagues all the best in their new positions!


Staff News – Resignations

We say goodbye to two staff members

We regret to inform you that Mr Njabulo Makhathini and Mr Kabelo Kakole have resigned and will be leaving the LIS end of April.

njabulo-makhathini.jpgNjabulo Makhathini started 1 March 2015 as Manager Loan Services (Potchefstroom). Njabulo guided the Loan and ILL section for four years. He was professional and focused on his work and it was a privilege to work with him. We wish to thank Njabulo for his leadership, contributions, support and kindness.



kabelo-kakole.jpgKabelo Kakole joined the LIS on 1 February 2015 as Institutional Repository (IR) Librarian. During this period the IR (Boloka) has grown significantly. Due to Kabelo’s hard work and good work ethic, the IR are on par with the Repositories of other major SA Institutions. He brought a positive energy into the Information Systems section.

The LIS wishes Njabulo and Kabelo best of luck in their new positions. We know that they will be successful in everything they do.

Staff news: New appointment

porschaPortia Boitumelo Mosetlhi was appointed as Shelf Assistant in Potchefstroom Library.

Portia started in her new role on 1 March 2019. She has previously been employed by Tsebo Cleaning company from 01/07/2014 and was based at the Ferdinand Postma library. She has now joined the Loan Services unit and we are looking forward working with her.

We wish Portia all the best in her new position and welcome her as part of the LIS team!

Staff News

New appointments in Potchefstroom Library

bulelwa-gcaca.pngBulelwa Gcawu was appointed as Library Assistant at the Information desk.  Bulelwa completed her B.LIS degree and Honours degree in Library Science at the University of Fort Hare.  She has been working as an intern at the Production Institute in Port Elizabeth for the past year.


banele-khoza.pngWelcome to Banele Khoza who is joining Information Services as Assistant Librarian in the Information Commons. She completed her B.Inf and Honours degrees at the University of Pretoria. She worked for 1 year at the CSIR as an intern and has been working in different departments at UP Library Services since 2017.

We welcome the  two colleagues as part of the NWU LIS team.

adri_smitCongratulations to Adri Smit who was appointed at the Theology Library as Assistant Librarian.  She has been working in the Ferdinand Postma Library for 15 years and supported the undergraduate students in the Information Commons for the past year.  In her new role, she will continue to be part of Information Services.


We wish the colleagues all the best in their new positions at Information Services.

LIS year-end function 30 November 2018


For the first time, staff of all three campus libraries had the opportunity to come together for a joint year-end function. The function was held at the Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds, Potchefstroom, and gave opportunity for informal, relaxed interaction. There was a picnic atmosphere with balloons, chinese lanterns and bunting flags under the willow trees.


Dr Mathew Moyo, Chief Director of the LIS, reflected on the highlights of 2018 and gave credit to all staff for a year well accomplished. Our DVC for Teaching and Learning, Prof Robert Balfour also attended the function and in his address to staff, he shared fond memories of the library throughout his life, especially during his childhood. He portrayed the library as a refuge, a place to experience and build an understanding of the world, people and human relations, a place where you learn to appreciate and take care of books from an early age. There was an opportunity to celebrate Siviwe Bangani’s National Librarian of the Year award. Ten staff members who had completed the UKS Certificate in Library and Information Services, received certificates from their mentors, Martin Nokoane, Benford Rabatseta and also Prof Balfour and Dr Moyo.


After an intense volleyball game between Loan Services and Information Services (game rules were absent…), the team from Loan Services were announced as the winners. A number of guys displayed their soccer skills, and about 28 staff members joined in a tug of war – Vukosi’s team took the honours.


LIS staff are looking forward to 2019, and believe that the communal spirit will grow stronger – taking the LIS to even greater heights.



Staff News

We say goodbye to Sylvia Letšosa

sylvia_letsosaSylvia Letšosa has resigned and will have her last working day on Friday 30 November 2018.  Sylvia started working in the Journal Section of the Ferdinand Postma Library in 2006 and was transferred to Information Services in 2007 where she worked at the Information Desk.  She obtained her BInf degree via UNISA and was appointed as a Faculty Librarian in May 2015.  She supported academics, researchers and post graduate students in the following subjects: History, Development Studies, Public Management, Disaster Studies, Social Anthropology and Sociology.

We will miss her very much, but wish her and Prof. Rantoa a happy and prosperous future in their new hometown, Bloemfontein.

Staff News

New appointment

malose-langaCongratulations to Malose Langa  – he was appointed as Faculty Librarian at Vanderbijlpark Library.   He will start in this position on 1 November 2018.  Malose has been supporting the  undergraduate students in the Information Commons, Potchefstroom since February 2016.  He obtained his Honours degree in Library and Information Science at UNISA during this time.

We wish him all the best in his new position.

Staff News

New appointments
Manager: Library Systems

lindsay-reidMr Lindsay Reid was appointed as Manager: Library Systems from 1 November 2018.   Lindsay’s career in various libraries has led to considerable experience in librarianship, customer services, management and administration of libraries, as well as a passion for new trends and developments in information and communication technology.  His previous employment as Systems Operator was with several companies, such as Volkswagen Group SA and SPAR Eastern Cape .  He also worked as Library Systems Manager at the University of Fort Hare Library.  His last position was with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University as Branch Librarian (Missionvale Campus Library) since 2014 – 31 October 2018.   He has recently obtained a Masters in Library and Information Science at the University of Fort Hare.

We welcome Lindsay to the LIS team, and wish him success in his new role!

Library Assistant: Journal Section (Potchefstroom)

nkosana_mofokengMr Nkosana Mofokeng was appointed as Library Assistant: Journal section in the Potchefstroom Library from 1 October 2018.  He has already been in the library for 7 years, working as a Shelving Assistant.
We congratulate Nkosana in his new position and wish him all the best.

Staff News

New appointment

We welcome Gloria Ramaboea to the NWU LIS team.

Gloria was appointed as Librarian: Undergraduate Support in the Information Commons, Potchefstroom from 1 October 2018.   She obtained her BInf ED degree in 2000, and  BInf Hons in 2014 from UNISA.   She gained experience in several types of libraries, mostly academic libraries.  For the past five years she has worked as a Subject Librarian at the University of Limpopo.

We wish her the best in her new position!