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Mandela Day

The NLSA celebrated Mandela Day in partnership with the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North West University with the launch of the Mandela27 Exhibition. The Mandela27 is a cultural collaboration between the European Union and South Africa, that was inspired by the remarkable iconic story of Nelson Mandela. The exhibition consists of a physical display of the dimensions of Nelson Mandela's cell during his imprisonment at Robben Island Maximum Security Prison.

Part of the objective of this exhibition is to increase awareness of the Nelson Mandela story in the European Union and South Africa. Apart from the exhibition, the project also involves a serious game depicting prison life on Robben Island, and a panoramic tour of the key spots within the Robben Island prison.

The Mandela 27 exhibition was housed at the NLSA Pretoria Campus for the entire month of July, and is currently in circulation, nationwide and abroad including counties like Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

See for more information.

Muponisi Nkuna
Deputy Manager, Corporate and International Relations

The Bulletin of the National Library of South Africa

The Bulletin of the National Library of South Africa Volume 68, no 1, is now available from the Centre for the Book. The Bulletin, formerly the Quarterly Bulletin of the National Library of South Africa (QB) will appear twice a year, in June and December. It retains many of the features of the QB and its accreditation status. Articles submitted for possible inclusion should be original and of high quality. They should be of interest to a wide range of readers interested in historical, cultural, literary or political issues relating to southern Africa. Articles based on, or related to, the NLSA collections are given priority, if the other criteria are met. All articles are peer-reviewed. The Bulletin is under the editorship of Prof. Chris Saunders, Emeritus Professor of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town. The public are invited to subscribe to the Bulletin. Direct all queries to Anita Shaw at

Anita Shaw
Deputy Programme Manager, Centre for the Book

Winter School on Preservation Management at UWC
23-27 June 2014

Librarians and senior staff from community libraries in the Western Cape, KZN and the Eastern Cape attended a Winter School on Preservation Management for libraries, presented by the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in partnership with the National Library of South Africa. The Winter School took place from 23 to 27 June 2014. UWC and Preservation Services staff presented the lectures. Topics covered included book conservation, climate control, disaster planning, digitisation and digital collections, storage and library relocations, care for microforms and photographs. Participants were taken on a tour to the UWC Bindery, the Mayibuye Archives, the Western Cape Archives and the NLSA (Cape Town Campus and Conservation Services).

Douwe Drijfhout
Programme Executive, Preservation Services


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