Sunday, November 23, 2014


Friday CPD2 students spent the day at CSIR leaning about Research and data management with Dr. Martie Van Deventer and a group of guest speakers from CSIR and UNISA. It was a good interaction but the lectures were over packed to fit into a day which made it very hectic and impossible to process so much information in so much short time. Friday night dinner was a very good stress reliever. We were very much honored to have Dr.  Mbambo amidst us that evening. Her speech was very educative and a challenge to us librarians especially on issues of integrity, creativity and handwork. She mentioned that she was confident that the future of librarianship was in good hands. It is a rare mention from our bosses and that made me feel motivated to do the very best to make a positive influence and impact in my organization.

We were also pleased to spend some time with our lecturers and interact with them freely with out the tension and strictness of teacher student relations during study periods. Prof. Theo, soon to be Prof. Marlene, Ms. Joan and a few of other guests graced our dinner with the presence much appreciated.

And THEN, Saturday came!!! The most refreshing day i have so far had in South Africa.  It was not only educative, but fun too. 
Madiba's House

Madiba's Bed
Portrait of Madiba in his House
Visiting Madiba's 
original home brought fresh memories of the man i have held as my greatest hero of all time in African history. It was a dream come true for me to have stepped foot in this house.

Another remarkable feature seen on his visit was the gate to famous Lutu. I was able to get so close but could not be allowed in but ofcouse it felt good being so close to it for i had read so much about this man and South African history.

I however, had also been looking forward to visiting the museum and was a little disappointed that we are not able to go there. I guess i had better start planning my retirement savings now so that one day, i come back to Soweto for that, call it a self actualization need.. lol.. But then again, there were other beautiful features seen on this tour like the National Stadium, Man made mountain among others.

SA National Statium
Man made Mountain
Vilakazi street is where South Africa's most honoured man lived (his home is located on this street).

The man made mountain was another amazing feature seen on on tour. I was impressed with what man can do!

A visit to CSIR
Research data management was taught from CSIR by a team led by Dr. Martie Van Deventer. 

I am grateful to the presenters from UNISA for touching on the subject "Embedded Librarian in relation to research groups". I had been reading about the subject but the ideas were still blurred until it was a gain brought up during virtual Research Data Management Presentations.

It was also a good day despite being over-packed with presentations. Being in a different study environment all together made it feel different.

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