Monday, May 28, 2012

InfoBuddy and inFundi function - SABC Media Libraries rewards & social media

 The Manager of the SABC Media Libraries, Ilse Assmann, announced a new InfoBuddy internal reward system for the Media Libraries. An internal reward system is used to recognise excellence in the Media Libraries when it is not possible to recognise it by monetary means.

The previous reward system called InfoBuddy has evolved. A new committee has been formed to address the previous issues of subjectivity as well as buddies voting for buddies. A new name will possibly be selected, as well as a new way of rewarding internally. The issue of merit in the different departments will be looked at by looking at core job functions... (One of the possibilities being investigated.)
It is a work in progress. ..

See the history of InfoBuddy in the SABC Media Libraries here.

The SABC Media Libraries are constantly trying to expand their social media awareness and digital footprints. One of the ways flowed from the Knowledge Café called LibCafe of the previous year where we started an inFundi mentored programme.
Certain criteria were set when we set out to determine "What do we need to start using social media in the SABC Media Libraries?"

The person who achieved all the criteria for an inFundi in the Media Libraries is Vickey Steyn. She was congratulated on Friday for her efforts.
Manti Grobler, the facilitator of our Knowledge Café, sponsored the awards of the day. A big thank you to her!

The SABC Media Libraries also acknowledged the work done by our colleagues for being active on social media for the SABC Media Libraries.

Blog post by Karen du Toit, Afrikaans Archivist in the SABC Radio Archives.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Musings in the Music Library #6 - Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Library

The last in a series of vignettes which were sent by a fellow librarian, Daniel Neal from the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Library in a mail to the SABC Music Library and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra Library.

"In the old days, orchestra libraries were there first and foremost to supply Their Orchestra with the materials required.  All other orchestras were viewed with deep suspicion and mistrust, and educational and amateur organizations with outright anathema.  
These deep feelings had practical roots beyond personal spites and jealousies: lost parts, horrible indelible markings and long term amnesia regarding return of material do not make life easy nor do they assist in looking after what is a very valuable investment.  
But times change, and the modern age in South Africa has now established a new attitude:  all these libraries were funded by public money and their collections should be open to all worthy users.  That has included the University orchestras and the few and valiant amateur orchestras, but the main benefactors from this Library have been the East Cape Phil in PE and the Free State Symphony in Bloemfontein,, occasional but professional institutions that don’t have libraries at all.  
The rental fee from this Library is unchanged from 20 years ago, and so the cost is within the budgets of our colleagues; without the Library’s assistance live orchestral performance would be even less frequent than it is."

Related posts:

Musings in the Music Library #5: Copyright 

Musings in the Music Library #4 - Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Library

Musings in the Music Library #3 - Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Library

Musings in the Music Library #2 - Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Library 

Musings in the Music Library #1

Friday, May 18, 2012

Keep Platfontein clean - update and thanks

"Keep Platfontein clean" - photo collage from an internal SABC  update

This is an update of the SABC Platfontein involvement with "Keep Platfontein clean" as well as a feeding scheme.
The campaign was officially launched on 20 April 2012, and it was a day of great celebration about the success and future hope for the programme.

By Rena Maghundu
RBF Production Services
Northern Cape



We have all witnessed the first launch of the keep Platfontein clean campaign, a programme that will continue from today by us, businesses and other stakeholders. 
An iniative out of one person’s inspiration...


We planned to launch the keep Platfontein clean campaign in 2009 and Keep Kimberley clean donated us with 10 gabage bins but the campaign was on hold until further notice.

The inspiration comes out of a day’s observation when I decided to go and see the school surroundings, because pupils were complaining about drinking water at the school. When I was at the school ground, I decided firstly to go into the toilets while many of the children were busy using it.

You won’t believe me but that day was a shock to me. I hardly could breath when I saw how dirty these toilets were. It was from here that I said to myself, that there is something that I can do to change this situation for these children.  Even if it took me to go around and to ask for donations.

I spoke to some people to help conquer this situation. Thanks to all of you who believed in me before I could even explain to you what my plan was. 
With this I would like to thank the ISIBINDI team who could come out freely to take the initiative in cleaning the dirty toilets with me. Thanks guys!

A special thank you to all the following people mentioned:


The principal of the school who accepted my ideas in the first place when I approached him. 
Sir, your faith in believing that I can make a difference is mostly appreciated.  Mr.Jomo Jonkers was my teacher and principal back in Schmidtsdrift. The one very important thing he did in my life, was when he was there for me in time when I needed most help by paying my registration fees for my further studies. I remember sitting under the tree hopeless of wanting to go for further studies when Mr Jomo Jonkers stopped and asked me whether I will go to JHB. It’s because of his good deeds that I have become whom I am today ,Sir! All the credit goes back to you.


I like to thank the Corporate Social Investment & PR Manager of Plascon, Mr.Patrick Seager for understanding in a very short notice in sponsoring our project. Sir, the paint you donated did its function and we are very thankful for your contribution and hope we will extend this relationship in the future as well.


Johan – the manager of Builders Market, thank you very much for believing in me and sponsoring the paints. Your contribution to the project is not unnoticed and we appreciate it and are hoping to extend this relationship in the future as well.


Mr Daya – for your contribution with the swiping stuffs. You made it easier for the school; they have some tools to clean the school with now. We thank you for the efford you made to make it available. We know the pressure you were working in, but you still did not forget us.


I thank Danielle du Toit for providing us with the following: pumpkins, butternuts and watermelons. Thank you very much for your help, we appreciate your help and I hope we will extend our relationship in the future as well.


I would like to thank Wendy Peine who has done a very good job by providing us moral support and the followings;
a) Paints of different colours we used to paint the gabage bins we used for the competition.
b) Garbage plastic bags
c) Gloves
d) Garbage bins

Wendy, thank you very much and I mean it from my heart for you believing in me to take part in this initiative. The school appreciate all that you have done and I believe that this won’t be the first time. We will work closely even in the future as well. 


I thank the municipality for adding 1 additional tap at the school, your contribution in this regard is highly appreciated and I believe we will work closely in the future.


Thank you very much for contributing toilet paper to the school. We appreciate all that you have done, lets continue holding hands even in the future as well.


I would to thank the following people by their names for their contributions to this project;  

a) Meryl Joy – for giving me advice and motivating me not to give up. You were not like a director of  South African San Institute ,the ways you accommodated yourself with us, you were in meetings with us all the time, giving fruitful advices and opened something we ever needed, especially working hard towards the needs of Platfontein ‘s young artists. I appreciate it. 
b) Uncle Joe for taking his own initiative in arranging trees for us to plant at the school and delivering it personally to us. Thanks uncle for your hard work, we all appreciate all that you have done.
c) Billies Pamo for arranging some of the things even though he was busy with his exams, thank you very much.
c) Hennie Swart, we need more people like you, people who will listen to you with understanding and take what you have said in the next level without judging you. I know you left your important meetings to be with us in the meeting, and that only showed us how much you valued us and not only the project but the community of Platfontein have a very special place in your heart.

And for those who don’t know him, he’s  Mr.Hennie Swart who recently sponsored 16 desperate children aged 8 – 16 from Platfontein each with a movie tickets to have a sit inside the cinema and watch. Making the children’s day a very special day! They were the first group to be at the cinema.
d) Mario Mahongo (junior): You know we appreciate your contribution to the project and also to the modern music project. You will face many challenges working with the youth, I wish you all the best.

To my colleagues’ a whole hearted thanks for you standing behind me, especially;

a) William Heath - for moral support, making sure that I get all that I need, including the facilities , supervising and mentoring me in the process. I  thank you, Sir. I am what I am today because of you.
b) Grant - for fixing the taps at the school, you don’t know how much appreciation the kids have for you. They have access to clean drinking water now. 

c) Gloria - for believing and standing behind me, and also for allowing Grant to travel to Platfontein to fix the taps. I noticed your contribution to the project and all that you have done.

d) Sebolelo - for making sure that there’s news coverage (X-K fm current affair team). I have learned one thing from you and that is the importance of news.

e) X-K fm current affairs team. Thank you very much guys for contributing toilet papers out of your own pockets for this project. I know it was short notice but for you it was never too late. Lets keep this good relationship guys even in the future as well.

f) TV licence (Jacques Coetzee and Thelma): for making sure that the green water bottles and RSG sun hats to be delivered out of your costs of R1000. You are amazing and the fact that you believed in me personally, thanks a lot. I believe that our relationship will be extended even to the future as well.

g) X-K fm (Regina and Malton): for availing workforce and using stations budget to make sure that snacks and drinks be provided to the kids. Making competition prizes available and making time to be at the scène, all effort recognised. 

h) Louwtjie du Preez - for using his precious time and money to collect paints from Plascon in Bloemfontein depot - the paints we used for painting the toilets. 

i) Patricia Glade -  for providing all the sanitary products on a short notice, Patricia the girls of our school appreciate your helping hand and I personally believes that we will continue our relationship, that you are not going to drop me when I need you.

j) Karen du Toit – thank you very much for the updated stories about the project on the RBF website/Media library blog.

k) Keneiloe Mothobi – for believing in me and also for the article on the intercom. 


Glenda Tutt - and lastly I would like to thank Glenda Tutt, for believing in me and for helping me with donations. 
Sustainable sanitary products are needed and Mpower cups are the solution to this problem. By supplying these Mcups to the school girls, Platfontein will avoid the environmental/waste disposal problem of 240 000 pads over 5 years of usage and will prevent toilets drains been blocked. 

I appeal to any body with helping heart to help donate at least one girl with this .

"You have given a girl the equivalent of 1 200 pads, saved the environment/waste collection and bought R2 280 worth of traditional sanitary ware. A good deal all round I would say!  Any donation amount is welcome-  R39 from 5 donors will buy 1 Mcup. R39 from 1 000 donors will secure 200 Mcups."
Contact: 079 8985 188

The banking details are:
Acc name: Glenda Tutt Productions
Acc no: 200 110 1651
Branch code: 104 709
Nedbank SAVINGS account
Please use the ref: PP008/your name

All who participated in the "keep Platfontein clean" efforts ARE highly appreciated. 

See also another update about the project on the SABC website: Platfontein "Clean-up" campaign

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Concert - Charl du Plessis Trio with Musa Sakupwanya

Suzette Lombard, Music Librarian
SABC Music Library

With everything in life the novelty eventually wears off. If you attend concerts or shows regularly, you find yourself attending a lot of events that are good and even exceptional, but still leave you fairly cold. But once in a while you might be fortunate enough to hear something that blows you away.

A case in point is the concert I attended last Sunday at the Linder Auditorium. The Johannesburg Musical Society presented a concert featuring the Charl du Plessis Trio with the vocalist Musa Sakupwanya. The all-Gershwin programme was beautifully planned and executed by four extremely talented and accomplished musicians.

To say that I loved it is an understatement. The trio played brilliantly, a wonderful blend of classically-trained polish and honest foot-stompin’ jazz. Charl with inimitable style performed a fiendish arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue in which he was the conductor, pianist and orchestra all rolled into one. Most numbers started with the piano, and with the bass and percussion joining in, one felt surrounded by a warm, luxurious blanket of pure sound. A sense of well-being and absolute enjoyment prevailed throughout.

Some gooseflesh-moments were had when Musa sang songs like S’Wonderful. Musa has the perfect jazz voice, all velvety smooth. But he also has the sense of timing and execution that a true artist needs to keep the audience spellbound, as he proved with Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off. Werner Spies on double bass and Hugo Radyn on drums were by no means left out of the limelight, their accompaniment and improvisations equally impressive.

The trio’s latest CD Shanghai Brunch has won a Ghoema Award and is nominated for a SAMA. When mentioning the CD, Charl spoke about the warmth and personality of the Steinway concert grand piano which he had hired from the SABC for the recording.

Sunday’s programme included favourites like Three Preludes, I Got Plenty O’Nuttin, Someone to Watch Over Me, and Summertime.  And I Got Rhythm. They certainly have!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The story of SABC Springbok Radio via Storify

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Picasa Slideshow of the Springbok Radio handover function at SABC

Photos by Peter Jaquire.

Springbok Radio handover to SABC - SABC News video

"It once dominated the airwaves. Three decades later - Springbok Radio continues to draw listeners. The famous national station, closed in 1985, and today handed over it's archived material to the SABC..."
                                                                        -   SABC News

The Springbok Radio archive material was officially handed over yesterday afternoon at the SABC, with many well-know personalities of Springbok radio attending.

The custodian of the Springbok Radio Preservation Society, Frans Erasmus handed over his collection to the SABC. The event was captured by SABC News.

Website: SABC Springbok Radio

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Hand over of Springbok Radio archive material to SABC

Springbok Radio 

Media release:

Tuesday 08 May 2012 will officially mark the handover of the archives of the Springbok  Radio Preservation Society  of South Africa  to the SABC.

When Springbok Radio opened in 1950 it had only three medium wave transmitters, but by October 1951, it was broadcasted to all the densely populated areas of the then Union of South Africa on 11 transmitters. Eric Egan was the first voice on Springbok Radio with his breakfast show.   From the start it was a resounding success- announcers found themselves catapulted into the limelight and they were mobbed by eager fans when they made public appearances.
Springbok Radio created a new vehicle for local artists and writers. Private production houses were churning out episode after episode of soap operas such as “From Chrystal with love”, “No place to hide” and ‘Liefdeslied”. There was also more than enough comedy to satisfy listeners. Shows such as the Caltex Loudspeaker Show, Next Stop – Makouvlei, Taxi,The Navy Lark, Friends and Neighbours and the Men from the Ministry became cult hits, while shows like Springbok Radio Top 20 offered music to the ears of the listeners.
Voices from Springbok Radio includedPip Freedman, Paddy O Byrne, Esme Euvrard, Clark McKay, Danie Smuts, Gordon Mulholland, Brian O’ Shaughnessy, Dorianne Berry, David Gresham, Mervyn John, Robin Alexander, Dana Niehaus, Douggie Laws, Denis Smith and Bea Read, to name but a few. It was a sad day for many listeners when Springbok Radio broadcast for the last time in 1985. 
Unfortunately, due to many reasons, much of the material was not archived, although a lot of the material was kept by producers, presenters, or recorded in listener’s homes. Since the closure of Springbok Radio in 1985, interest by the public grew and the nostalgic value of old time radio increased over the years. The Springbok Radio Preservation Society of South Africa was formed in 2002.  Mr Frans Erasmus, the main drive behind the initiative, dedicated his life to collect as much Springbok Radio material possible, either from producers and production houses, or from private collectors, both locally and overseas. 

The SABC Radio Archive has been working closely with The Springbok Radio Preservation Society of South  Africa over the last few years to assist in making the collection accessible to the public.  Since most of the material belongs to the SABC, an agreement was reached with Mr Erasmus to grant him permission to look after the collection, and to make the material accessible via a website and a digital stream.

The SABC in return handled all queries relating to Springbok Radio and ensured that copyright was not violated. In addition, copies of the Springbok Radio collection were handed to the SABC on a regular basis to be catalogued and added to the SABC databases. The mutual understanding was to transfer the complete collection back to the SABC, for preservation and as part of the SABC’s radio broadcast legacy, while the Springbok Radio Preservation Society would maintain the website and digital stream under the auspices of the SABC.

Recently Mr Erasmus decided to hand the collection in its entirety, including the website and the digital stream to the SABC Radio Archives, and agreed to assist with and oversee the process of transferring the digital stream and the website, as well as advising the preservation of the material and the information pertaining to the material.

As a gesture to thank Mr Frans Erasmus and the Springbok Radio Preservation Society for their contribution towards the preservation of one of the most nostalgic radio stations in South Africa, the SABC Media Libraries will host a formal function where tribute can be paid to Springbok Radio and the work Mr Erasmus has done.  It is exciting to know that a collection, once outside the SABC’s domain and almost forgotten, will return to its rightful place in the SABC, be looked after, and be accessible for the future.

The theme of the event will be reminisced of the era of Springbok Radio and it is hoped some of the previous presenters will grace the event, for this also serves to thank everyone ever involved in Springbok Radio for their contribution to brighter broadcasting.

Media Enquiries: Mr. Kaizer Kganyago. Cell: 082 306 8888