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Prof. Dennis Ocholla - Keynote Address
Professor of Information Studies, University of Zululand

Professor Ocholla joined the University of Zululand as Professor (FP) and Head of the Department of Library and Information Science (1996-2014) and appointed Senior Professor at the University in 2006. He started his academic career at Moi University in Kenya, as a lecturer in 1988 and later Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Library and Information Studies before moving to the University of Botswana as a Visiting Scholar (1995-96). He has served the University 0f Zululand as Dean (1998-99), Vice Dean (2007-2011), Deputy Dean of Research and Internationalization (2014-2019), in the Faculty of Arts (now Humanities and Social Sciences). He graduated with PhD (Kiev and Leningrad/St Petersburg) 1988 in the former Soviet Union. His research and teaching interest-where he has published and graduated many masters and PhDs- include- information seeking, KM and IKS, ICT4D/Human computer interaction-user interfaces, LISE, data science- bibliometric /informetrics, information practices-information seeking, information ethics, scholarly communication and research methods. He serves/has served in the editorial and peer review boards of many local (RSA) (e.g. SAJLIS) and International journals (e.g. Library Management, Informetrics, LIBRI), conferences and research organizations/councils. He was the Editor -in- Chief of Inkanyiso: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (2009-2022) and before that, Editor -in- Chief of South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science (2002- 2008). He has received research awards including NRF [RSA] established researcher rating. Some of his research publications can be accessed here.

Prof. Elisha Chiware
Director, Cape Peninsula University of Technology Libraries

Elisha Chiware is the Director of Cape Peninsula University of Technology Libraries. As part of his professional commitments Prof. Chiware served as the Secretary of IATUL (International Association of University Libraries Board). Prior to his appointment as Director of CPUT-libraries, Prof. Chiware worked at several African libraries and Library and Information Science Schools, including countries such as Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Prof. Chiware is an established researcher who has published over 40 articles, two books and several conference presentations. He has also worked as an international information management consultant – establishing trade information centres in the East, South and Central African regions.

Prof. Candice Livingston
Associate Professor, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Prof Candice Livingston is an Associate Professor, Research co-ordinator and co-ordinator of the B.Ed. Hons degree at the Faculty of Education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and holds a PhD on the influence of self-regulation on online writing. She serves on the Faculty Research, Ethics and Teaching and Learning committees and is also a member of the English National Language Body which is a sub committee of the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB). Furthermore, she serves on the council of the English Academy of Southern Africa. She is also involved with numerous literacy projects (both nationally and internationally) and has presented courses on reading comprehension, writing and metacognition for the Cape Teaching and Leadership Institute (CTLI) of the Western Cape Education Department as well as serving on the Provincial subject committee: Languages (English). Her research and supervision interests focus on ethics, teaching with technology, English language and literacy studies, fairy tales and decolonising the English curriculum. In 2019 and 2021, she received Teaching Excellence Awards from CPUT and is currently in the Teaching Advancements at University (TAU) fellowship programme and is mentor on the Sisonke Supervision Mentorship Programme.

Magodongo April Mahlangu
Deputy Director, Cape Peninsula University of Technology Libraries

Magodongo April Mahlangu is Deputy Director at CPUT libraries. In his 20 years within the library profession, he fulfilled various leadership roles including that of Head of Centralised Support Services at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Library and Information Services (LIS), Team leader at the University of Johannesburg Library and Coordinator at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Library Services. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Tshwane University of Technology’s Business School. Prior to this he obtained degrees in Information Sciences at the University of Pretoria including a Bachelor of Information Science and an Honours Degree in Information Sciences. April is a visionary leader who is action oriented. He regards himself as a change agent who believes that there is nothing more permanent than change. His areas of interest include strategic planning, strategic implementation, and monitoring. He has delivered various papers at National and International conferences around the topics of organisational effectiveness, organisational change, and market analysis. He believes that any organisation exists with the purpose to add value and in the absence of this “value add” the organisation will cease to exist.

Christel Oosthuizen
Faculty Librarian, Cape Peninsula University of Technology Libraries

Christel is an Education Faculty Librarian employed at CPUT. She obtained the degree Master of Library and Information Studies in 2019 at the University of Cape Town. Her academic career includes the degrees: Hons. B.Bibl. (2000); B.Bibl. (1997) and a Higher Diploma in Education (1991). Before embarking on a career in academic librarianship, she worked in the public library sector for many years.

Niklas Zimmer
Digital Library Services Manager, University of Cape Town Libraries

Niklas is the manager of the Digital Library Services department in the Libraries of the University of Cape Town (UCT). His research MA on South African Jazz photography drew critical reflections on Fine Arts, Social history and Music. Before his employment at UCT Libraries in 2015, he worked as the digitisation manager at the Centre for Popular Memory (UCT), as an art teacher, heading the Visual Arts Department at the German International School Cape Town, and as an archivist at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany. In parallel, he has always maintained a richly diverse freelance and consulting career.

Dr. Sanjin Muftić
Digital Scholarship Specialist, University of Cape Town Libraries

Sanjin Muftić is a Bosnian-born Canadian digital scholar and film editor based in Cape Town. He completed his theatre PhD at UCT focusing on the Planetary, Bricolage and Theatrical Images and is currently working for UCT Libraries as a Digital Scholarship Specialist. His tasks include implementing and maintaining the university digital collections site (Omeka S), developing advocacy towards practicing research data management, and helping researchers manage and showcase their digital scholarship projects and collections. He has presented at international conferences of the Federation for Theatre Research, the Society for Intermedial Studies, CREATIVATE Digital Arts Festival, Open Repositories and the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations.

Thomas Farrar
PhD Candidate in Statistical Sciences, University of the Western Cape

Thomas Farrar was born and raised in Ontario, Canada where he completed a BSc Honours degree in Mathematics at Brock University and an MMath degree in Statistics at the University of Waterloo. He subsequently relocated to Durban, South Africa to do volunteer work with Africaid, an NGO working in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and subsequently became the Monitoring & Evaluation Officer of the organisation. In 2012, he relocated to Cape Town to take up a position as Lecturer in Statistics at CPUT. In 2018, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer. He has also been the Work Integrated Learning Coordinator for Mathematical Sciences at CPUT since 2013. Thomas is currently working towards his PhD in Statistical Science at the University of the Western Cape. He is married with one son.

Willie Maritz

Willie Maritz’s passion and involvement in people development started after he completed his pregraduate degree and started a small business doing leadership development for children. He continued his studies part time with a post-graduate degree in Human Resource Development and several postgraduate management and leadership development programmes. He has several years’ management level experience in Human Resource Management. He enjoyed a successful corporate career in financial services and mining, where his last position was Group Organisational Development Manager for a global mining group. He founded Kalleo Learning in 2003 and focused initially on helping organisations across the world to implement eLearning. Kalleo Learning has grown to become Kalleo People Group, incorporating Kalleo Learning, Kalleo People Technologies, The African eLearning Academy, Excellence Coaching, SquirrelThat and its Middle Eastern branch, Kalleo MENA. It became a leading people solutions provider across Africa and Middle East and is widely recognised for its leadership in people technologies. Kalleo People Group was sold to TTRO Group in 2017 and Willie is now pursuing his passions as entrepreneur, business startup coach, people developer and public speaker. He has since started two new ventures: and Wing.Studio. Willie is regarded as a specialist in leadership development, learning experience design, entrepreneurial coaching and facilitation. As a volunteer leader in Mankind Project International, he has been involved in leadership development and group therapy facilitation for more than 15 years.

Marina Milosheva
PhD student in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University

Marina Milosheva is a third-year PhD student in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a member of the Edinburgh Napier Centre for Social Informatics. Her primary research interests lie in the areas of information behaviour, information and digital literacy, knowledge management, career development and lifelong learning. Her doctoral research is concerned with young people’s career information literacy, and with their career information use for the purposes of career decision-making in an everyday context. This doctoral work is funded through an ESRC 1+3 collaborative PhD award, and conducted in partnership with the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences (SGSSS) and Skills Development Scotland (SDS). The main objectives of her PhD are to (1) understand young people’s career information behaviour and (2) develop tools to support their career information literacy. Marina can be reached at; see, also, her Edinburgh Napier Research profile and her personal website.

Prof. Hanlie Dippenaar
Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Education in Wellington, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Hanlie Dippenaar is Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Education in Wellington, Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She holds a PhD in language teaching from Northwest University. Her research interests combine Community Engagement and Language teaching. She currently explores collaboration between university partners, using Activity Theory and Change Laboratories. Her other research interests are in tutor programmes in the Faculty of Education, work readiness of English teachers, literacy development and language across the curriculum. She works with schools and institutions in the Wellington area as part of the professional development of pre-service teachers of English.

Portia Smit
Deputy Chief Education Specialist (Languages), Western Cape Education Department

Portia Smit obtained a degree in Human Management Sciences at the University of the Western Cape and an Honours degree in Education from the University of Pretoria. She started her career as a teacher in 1992. In 2010 she started working as Languages Subject Advisor f Intermediate Phase teachers. In 2012 Ms Smit was promoted to her current position at the Provincial Head Office. Among all the different professional roles she occupies, she is also a national and provincial moderator for Adult Education and Training as well as a fully qualified Assessor. She is motivated by a strong belief in the words of Kofi Annan, stating that “Education is the bridge from misery to hope.”

Joey Salmans
Deputy Chief Educational Specialist (Languages), Western Cape Education Department

Joey Salmans obtained the degree B.Prim.Ed. from UCT in 1998. He has been an educator since 1999. In 2015 he joined the Cape Winelands Education District where he worked in the position of Subject Advisor until 2021. In 2021 he was promoted to his current position at the Provincial Head Office. In his free time, he is involved as rugby referee and has been the chairperson of the Western Province’s Rugby Referees Association since 2015. Recently he also started working as a volunteer radio presenter at Radio KC in Paarl where this opportunity allows him to fulfil his passion for presenting to and interacting with people.