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Tuesday, 11 April 2023



Claudette Kercival

In keeping with the theme of “Libraries: telling powerful stories”, Howard College Libraries found this the perfect opportunity to showcase some of its home-grown talent and success stories.

This year the 20th -26th of March, marked South African Library Week and to commemorate this event, a programme entitled “Stories from our Own”, was put together and hosted at the EG Malherbe Library, Conference Room on the 23rd of March.

The programme comprised of an enlightening topical presentation and discussion hosted by Mr Mfezi Mjwara who spoke and engaged the audience about Cyber-crime and Cyberbullying.  Mr Mjwara had the audience captivated by his interesting and anecdotal talk sharing in his experiences which piqued the interests of the attending students and staff.  Mr Mjwara, one of our Own, is an intern based at the EGM Library and shows a keen interest in all library activities including being ever readily available to help our students.

Another of our Own, our keynote speaker, Dr. Sanele Justice Gamede rendered a riveting account of his life experiences, choices and success as a student at UKZN and now accomplished author and entrepreneur.  Dr Gamede’s talk was indeed very inspiring and encouraging with his motto being “It’s possible because it’s doable”.  Dr Gamede stressed that students should not let their past dictate their futures and should not be discouraged by the many challenges they face today. Dr. Gamede’s many vivid recollections of how he overcame and dealt with various challenges served as a perfect example to students that despite the many shortcomings and setbacks you will triumph.

Dr Gamede’s close affiliation with the library through his years at UKZN, has come full circle with his many publications which serve to guide students through their university careers.

A welcome address and a vote of thanks was delivered by Principal Librarian, Mr Omesh Jagarnath.


Howard College Libraries also viewed this time as a befitting chance, in the form of a book display, to shine the spotlight on some of our prolific South African authors who, have for many years, kept us wrapped in the throes of their wonderful storytelling.


UKZN Library are indeed grateful to our presenters and participants for
making this event a success. A special thank you to our sponsors Sabinet for their donation of booklets and pens.


“May all libraries continue to create the impetus for sharing and telling powerful stories!”


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