Staff News

sakhele-magodlaWe say goodbye to a Potchefstroom colleague, Sakhele (Godfrey) Magodla.

Sakhele started as a Clerk in the Potchefstroom Library in December 2015.  He was later appointed as Library Assistant at Information Services in September 2017, where he was a valued member at the Information Desk.

He accepted a position as a Laboratory Technician at Biological Sciences and has already started there on 1 July 2018.  We will miss him and wish him well in his future career path.


Vanderbijlpark colleague passed away

paulinah_morokeIt is with great sadness that we inform you that Ms Paulinah Moroke passed away on Monday morning.  She has not been well for quite some time.  Paulinah started her career in 1987 at Vista Library and moved later on to Vanderbijlpark Library, where she worked for many years at Loan Services.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and colleagues during this difficult time.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

The funeral service will be on Saturday 23 June.

Staff News

Goodbye to two Potchefstroom colleagues.

berna_bradleyBerna Bradley started her library career in the Journal Section in 1989.  She was in different sections of the library in permanent or part time positions for 24 years.  She worked in the Information Resources Section for many years and also assisted with projects in this section.  For the past six years she was Assistant Librarian at the Theology Library.  Berna will be leaving the LIS end of June 2018.

wilna_stavast.jpgWilna Stavast worked in the library for just more than five years.  For the past three years she was at Interlibrary Loans where she assisted in a contract position that expired end of May 2018.


We want to thank both of them for their friendly and professional work ethic and dedication that contributed to the quality service level of the LIS.

We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours.

New appointments

Congratulations to the following three LIS colleagues who were appointed in new positions from 1 June 2018:

dina-mashiyaneDina Mashiyane was appointed in the position of Faculty Librarian at Mahikeng where she will be taking responsibility for Education Sciences. She was Librarian Undergraduate Support at Potchefstroom for the past year.


glenda-makate-news.jpgGlenda Makate was appointed as Senior Librarian, Information Services at Mahikeng, also from 1 June 2018. She was Faculty Librarian at Vanderbijlpark for five years.



marolay_vanderwaltMarolay van der Walt was appointed as Library Assistant in the Cataloguing Section, Potchefstroom. She has been in the Ferdinand Postma Library since 2011 as a Clerk, thereafter as an Administrative Assistant in Loan Services.



May you experience success in your new roles!


Noni Makhathini

New Manager: Information Resources

Ms Noni Makhathini was appointed as the Manager: Information Resources from 1 June 2018. She has extensive experience working in academic institutions. She was Assistant Director: Acquisitions at the University of the Free State Library. Before that, she held managerial portfolios in the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Rhodes University Library in Circulation Services, Information Services and User Services in support of Teaching & Learning.

We welcome her as part of the NWU LIS family, and hope that she will find her career at the NWU most rewarding.

Potchefstroom Library


Lungile Dlamini was appointed as Temp Librarian in the Cataloguing department in the Potchefstroom Library from 1 April – 30 June 2018.

She has also worked as an Intern in the Cataloguing Department in the Mahikeng Library.  Before joining the NWU LIS, Lungile was a volunteer at Magudu Primary School as an Administrative Officer.

Potchefstroom Library

alta_vandenbergWe wish to congratulate Alta van den Berg for being appointed as Senior Librarian: Cataloguing with immediate effect.  She has already been in the Cataloguing department for 7 years.  Before joining the NWU, Alta worked at the Potchefstroom Community Library for 20 years.   On behalf of LIS Management, we wish her success in this new role.

Farewell to Jubrie

jubrie-oosthuizenJubrie Oosthuizen will be dearly missed as she leaves the library form 1 March. She started her career in the Ferdinand Postma Library in 1976;  promoted to Head: Acquisitions in 1980. Since 2000 she served as the Head: Acquisitions and Processing, and lately as Manager: Information Resources. She is grateful for having seen many changes in the library environment, such as : The development from a card catalogue to the online catalogue that is in use today. Also the various formats in which information was being made available to users: first printed catalogues, then microfiche, CDRom and now the electronic format.  For 42 years working in the library has been a very stimulating career and all the wonderful colleagues who shared her life is something that she will always cherish. She wishes everyone the best and a very fulfilling career.

Staff News

Congratulations to the following staff members who were appointed recently:

clement-lebeya-2 Clement Monyai Lebeya has been appointed as Librarian in the Cataloguing Department.

Clement was previously a Library Assistant in the Acquisition Department at NWU LIS Mafikeng on a temporary basis.

mahlatse-tema Mahlatse Emanuel Tema has been appointed as Library Assistant in the Acquisition Department.

Before joining the NWU LIS family, Mahlatse was a Librarian at the City of Johannesburg Library.

lungile-dlamini Lungile Dlamini has been appointed as an Intern in the Cataloguing Department.

Before joining the NWU LIS, Lungile was a volunteer at Magudu Primary School as an Administrative Officer.

helah_vander_walt Helah van der Waldt was appointed as Administrative Officer at Loan Services and will start on 1 February.  Helah is a familiar face in the library.  She started at Information Services in 2004 and worked for many years in different sections on a temporary basis.


The following positions are vacant and recruitment is in progress – Manager: Library Systems, Manager: Information Resources, Senior Librarian (Cataloguing) and Library Assistant (Cataloguing).

We say goodbye to 2 Potchefstroom colleagues:

Corrie Breitenbach

Corrie started her career in the Ferdinand Postma Library at the Reference Section and worked in the library for 34 years.  Her interest and self-education with the operation and management of computers and programs secured her a position in the Research and Development Section in 1993.  She became the manager of the section in 2003, now called Library Systems.  The highlights of her career were the implementation of the Innopac Library System – later called Millennium and today the Sierra System, also the development of the online exam paper database in 1979 and the ETD’s which later resulted in the establishment of the Institutional Repository (Boloka) in 2009.

Corrie’s main goal was to empower staff to be computer literate, and was very pro-active to assist and solve any IT related problems.  She has managed to lead a formidable team in Library Systems.  It was a privilege to work with her.

Mariana Lourens

After 43 years in the library, Mariana is retiring today.  She started working as assistant librarian in the Cataloguing Department at the beginning of 1975.  In 1988 she was promoted to head of the Cataloguing Department.  Mariana played an instrumental role in the computerisation of the library’s card catalogue, and more recently she was project leader of the reclamation project.  Since the start of the project in 2012, more than 90 000 records were updated and upgraded.

Mariana will be remembered for her calmness, knowledge and insight in solving intricate cataloging matters.

We wish them both all the best for the next phase in their life, they will be sorely missed by all.

Corrie and Mariana at the farewell dinner last week.