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Legal Deposit

Vision

To provide dynamic and strategic leadership in the collection, preservation and access to the South African published heritage.

Mission

1. To advise the Minister of Arts and Culture on all matters relating to legal deposit in SA.

2. To promote, preserve and facilitate access to the published heritage of SA.

3. To encourage compliance with the Legal Deposit Act, 1997 (Act No 54 of 1997) and other applicable legislation.

Key Strategic Areas

During its strategic planning workshop held on the 31 October to 01 November 2007, the Legal Deposit Committee identified the following key strategic areas:

Legislative and Policy Review

Funded Mandate

Preservation Strategy

Cataloguing and Digital Curation

Marketing and Advocacy.

Official Publications Depositories

Section 6(2) (a) of Legal Deposit Act makes provision that " the Minister shall, on the recommendation of the Member of the Executive Council responsible for libraries in each province, designate at least one place of legal deposit in each province to serve as an official publications depository, which shall be entitled to receive a copy of every official publication but not of other categories of documents".

The official publications depositories (OPDs) already designated by the Minister of Arts and Culture are Constitutional Court Library (Braamfontein), RJR Masiea Public Library (Phuthaditjhaba), North West Provincial Library Services and Mpumalanga Provincial Library Services. OPD presentations in Limpopo, Eastern and Northern Cape are still in consultative stage pending approval by all stakeholders involved in the designation process.

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