In Memoriam: North West Library Staff and community members

It was shocking to learn about the tragic and horrific deaths of our colleagues from North West Provincial Library services. Some of them are graduates of the Department of Information Studies at the University of Limpopo where I taught for many years. On behalf of the National Library of South Africa, I send condolences to their families, friends, communities they served and the LIS Community at large.   May their souls rest in eternal peace. I also wish speedy recovery to those still in the hospital. May  the good Lord grant them the healing mercies they so desperately need.

Rocky Ralebipi-Simela
National Librarian & CEO, NLSA


Our sincere condolences to the families, friends and collegues at the Department of Culture, Arts, and Traditional Affairs (CATA) with the tragic loss of so many precious lives.

You are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Staff at Ann Latsky Nursing College


Sad indeed

Zinhle Mtshali


Sad news indeed!!! May their souls rest in peace and condolences to their families.

Maryam Mthembu


May the good Lord be with their families!

Cari Conradie-Lötter


It saddens me no end, to have heard this news of those whom have died so tragically.

May they find eternal rest, and may their loved ones be soothed in this time of loss, distress and anguish at the death of their family members.

My warmest thoughts, and most caringly so at this time of grieving,

Mark Frier


 

The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) joins rest of the library and information services in the country in passing our sincere condolences to all the affected families on the sudden loss of their beloved ones. Our sympathies go out also to the Department of Culture, Art & Traditional Affairs and the Department of Education Sport & Development respectively of the North West Province. We can only imagine the pain that the families and departments are feeling at this sad time. In these trying times we librarians and information practitioners resort to the familiar and that which we value in life namely reading. We hope you find solace in the words of the poem ‘Death be not Proud’ by John Donne:

“Death, be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;

The poet points out that although all people must die and that the loss of loved out cause great pain that this is transitory and that after “One short sleep past, we wake eternally”

There are many questions that the families of the deceased have right now. As LIASA we do not have appropriate answers but we draw strength – as we hope you will – from the thought that the deceased were in one way or another involved in developing the knowledge profile of our society through learning, teaching and the promotion of reading and literacy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss, grief and pain. “Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort for tomorrow” Author unknown

May God give you strength and courage to face this pain and may their souls rest in peace.

Lala ka ntho erotha madi. Lalan

Mandla Ntombela
LIASA President


This is heart-breaking news from the North West Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA) that mourns the tragic death of eight persons. The loss of the four library staff members, three learners and one community member cut through the whole library fraternity. The Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation is also in the process of opening new libraries and this tragic event made us to realise how sudden colleagues and loved ones can be taken away from us.  Wishing  we could do something more to ease the pain, than keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

There is no words to express our sincerest condolences and deepest empathy to Mrs Tinyiko Sempe; CATA staff, family and friends.

Elmari Kruger


We at UKZN Library would like to send our deepest condolences to the families of the loved ones who lost their lives.

Kind regards

Joyce Myeza


On behalf of the eThekwini Municipal Library Service, we are deeply saddened by the passing on of our colleagues from North West CATA. May the families, friends, staff of CATA, Colleagues from various LIS sectors find infinite healing and strength during this very sad time. We pray for their souls to Rest in Peace.

Regards

Tebogo Mzizi ( Ms)


We were deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of our colleagues and other people who were in the same bus. Moloko Bopape was our former student and Wilheminah Lekganyane was currently pursuing her MIS with us at UL.

We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to all the deceased families, friends and colleagues. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.

Kindest regards

Morongoe Ntsala


It is extremely shocking and heart-breaking to digest that we could lose so many lives in the library fraternity in one accident.  As I understand it these were colleagues who were representing us at the opening of a new library in North West.  The tragic loss is perhaps one of the lowest points in the history of LIASA.

It is hard to begin to imagine the pains and anguish that their families, close friends and former workmates are going through right now.

On behalf of the CUT library staff we would like to express profound sympathy and condolences to the bereaved families, friends and colleagues. We stand with the rest of the library community in prayers that you may have strength and solace during these very difficult times.  May the of souls of the departed ones rest in everlasting peace.

Kind regards

Mr Juliano Kabamba


On behalf of UL LIS I would like to express our condolences to the bereaved  families  of our colleagues. It is shocking to hear of the  loss of  young lives in this manner. Two of them come from here and one is a registered masters students with UL Department of Information Studies. Some of us make time to be with these families  and we hope to be there during the  funeral. One does not know what to say really in these times it is so sad and heart-breaking.

May their souls rest in peace.

Ms Makgabela Chuene


On behalf of the staff of Rhodes University Library, I convey our heartfelt condolences to the families and colleagues of those whose lives were lost in this tragic accident. Although words cannot describe the horror nor the depth of loss, may our thoughts and prayers provide a measure of solace to all during this time of grief and pain. May their souls rest in peace.

Ujala Satgoor


It was really sad and disturbing to learn of the passing away of four colleagues, three learners and a community member in a tragic accident as we attended the launch of the South African Library Week in Rustenburg. On behalf of the North West University LIS, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to all the bereaved families and the CATA colleagues. We are with the families in our thoughts and prayers and may the souls of the departed rest in eternal peace.

Regards

Mathew Moyo


We at the Liasa: Northern Cape Branch are truly sorry to hear of the of the loss of our Colleagues and young learners.  May our Lord Bless and comfort their families during this time of grief.

Please accept our sincere condolences.

Bernice Nagel


It is such a sad loss, our deepest and heartfelt condolences to all the families and friends from the North West Province CATA

Kind Regards

Universal Knowledge Software team


Deepest sympathies from UNIC team.

Words are never adequate in moments like these. We will say though, that our hearts goes out to them, and we will always remember the joyous memories that we were privileged to have in knowing some of our colleagues.

Hope Kabamba


May our good Lord be with all the families and friends affected during this difficult time.

No words can describe this loss. I am speechless. May their souls rest in peace

Wendy Sibeko


We know that no man is an island and what affects one also affects us all. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleagues and we extend our condolences to all the loved ones and families in this time of bereavement. Be assured that we will bear you in our hearts and in our prayers.

They may be gone, but will not be forgotten.

Regards

Mike Moll
CPUT Libraries


Extending our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Unisa Library to all colleagues, families and friends in this sad time.   We are so sorry to learn of your loss.   Our hearts go out to you in this difficult time.

May their soul rest in peace.

Judy Henning
Unisa Library


We are heartbroken and saddened by this terrible tragedy. We convey our deepest condolences to the bereaved families and friends.

May the good Lord be with the families, friends and colleagues as well as LIASA during this difficult time.

Connie Bitso

RETIG, Chair


I was shocked and saddened to learn about the sudden loss of colleagues .  Have no words. Big lost for our Profession.

Each of these losses reminds us about how precious, and sometimes fleeting, life can be.

My deepest sympathy and condolences to all their families, colleagues and friends.

Kind regards,

Annelize Kruger


On behalf of Eastern Cape branch  we are with you North West branch colleagues, families and friends in this time of  sadness.

May their souls rest in peace.

Nomgcobo Spondo
EC branch chairperson


So sad for the loss of dear librarians so tragically. May their Dear Souls Rest in Peace. They have done their part in their respective homes and in the profession. Let their families receive the strength and wisdom from the Almighty.

Elizabeth Pamela Mavume


May the good Lord be with their families!

Cari Conradie-Lötter


Condolences to the families, colleagues, friends and the North West Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA) for the loss suffered. Words cannot fully express the sadness felt.

On behalf of staff of TUT LIS,

Ms Vivian Agyei


This is extremely tragic and no words can express our sincere sorrow and pain. Our sincerest condolences to the families and loved one. The profession has indeed lost.

On behalf of the National Council on Library and Information Services (NCLIS) and also on personal behalf.

Kind regards

Andrew Kaniki


Very sad and tragic news! My deepest sympathy and condolences to all their families, colleagues and friends.

Kind regards

Ellen Tise


My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased. May God give them strength in this time. I also wish a speedy recovery for the hospitalized ones in the name of Jesus.

Ms Hannam AF


May  their soul rest in peace!!!! THAT IS SO SAD

Rosina Mmako


What a terrible tragedy and sad loss to the library community. My sincere condolences to family, friends and colleagues of those who lost their lives. May their loved ones rest in eternal peace and may good memories help to ease their sorrow.

May those who were injured be restored to good health as soon as possible.

God bless

Denise Nicholson


So sad news,

On behalf of UWC Library Staff our sincere condolences to North West CATA staff and friends.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time!

Regards
Dr Shirlene Neerputh


Limpopo Province is equally saddened by this untimely death (of our colleagues).

This is a serious loss for LIS profession. No amount of words can really express the loss we have suffered.

May families, friends and everyone affected find confort from God.

Maoka
Limpopo Branch Chairperson


Let me also add to the silent voices that which the families of the deceased condolences in their loss. We need to remind ourselves that death cannot be proud. The part they played in the library profession will be cherished; their names will be engraved in our heard as fellow comrades, compatriots and colleagues.

Mr Mmakwena Molala
The National School of Government


It is indeed a sad event. Our heartfelt condolences go to the family members, friends and the North West Province Department of CATA.

May their souls rest in peace.

On behalf of SMU

Sarah. N. Kibirige


It is so tragic to learn about the death of our fellow colleagues and young learners.  On behalf of LIASA Free State, I extend my sincere condolences to everybody effected by this tragic accident.

“ As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to heavens” (Author unknown)

With deepest sympathy

Lianda Coetzer

Chairperson: LIASA FS


This is absolute tragic news. One death is one too many, but four deaths of Librarians, three learners and one community member is shocking to say the least. I later learned that one of the Librarians is actually a cousin to one of my close friends in Mahikeng. We can only thank the Lord our God for their lives and the contributions they have made to the profession. May their friends and families find solace in prayer as they prepare for their final send offs. We meet to part and part to meet. Our heartfelt condolences to us all.

From UFS LIS
Mrs Betsy Eister


My heartfelt condolences go out to the North West Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA).  I was deeply saddened to hear of the tragic and untimely loss of life of all those involved.  My thoughts and prayers are extend to their families, friends and colleagues, may they have the courage to cope with their grief.  It is yet another reminder of how lethal travelling on our roads has sadly become.

Clare Landon,

Head Librarian,

Saint Joseph’s Theological Institute.


Sad news indeed!!! May their souls rest in peace and condolences to their families.

Maryam Mthembu


Sad indeed.

Zintle Mtshali


Such sad news – may all their souls rest in peace!
Condolences to  their families, friends, colleagues and the entire nation!

Regards

Theresa Mofana


It was indeed very sad to learn about this tragic incident on our arrival at the Sunrise View Primary & Secondary School in Rustenburg on Friday the 17th March, to celebrate the launch of the South African Library Week 2017.  My heart goes out to the families of the departed and all those who are affected by this loss.  May my condolences bring comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss.

Congratulations to the LIASA EXCO, office staff, all other relevant stakeholders and the local organizing team to host such a successful SALW 2017 launch despite the circumstances.

Kind regards

Segametsi Molawa

LIASA Immediate past President (2014-2016)


It is deeply tragic to learn of so many lives lost in yet another needless road accident and to hear that four members of our profession in the North West died as a result.  We are reminded that in every such report no one is just a statistic — everyone is someone’s family member, friend, colleague: “Any man’s death death diminishes me Because I am involved in mankind” (John Donne — No Man Is An Island). I did not personally know any of the people named but we are all diminished by this sad event.

My condolences to all who mourn them, in their families and in the North West Province CATA services.

Clare Walker


Clare has expressed our pain so aptly. We are indeed “diminished” by the sad passing away of these colleagues. I also wish to convey my heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family members, friends and colleagues at the North West Province Department of CATA.

May their souls rest in peace.

Robert Moropa

Director: Department of Library Services


We are so sorry to hear this sad news.  Our condolences to the North West Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA) on the loss of these lives.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both the staff and the learners.  It is very difficult to come to terms with the death of a promising young person and especially traumatic for the survivors.

May they have the strength and support to cope with such a devastating loss.

Mrs Lucille Webster
On behalf of DUT Library staff


Condolences from CHELSA to the North West Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA), and families of both the staff and learners who died so tragically.  May they have the strength and support to cope with such a devastating loss.

CHELSA Chair: Lucille Elizabeth Webster websterl@dut.ac.za

CHELSA Secretary: Mathew Moyo Mathew.Moyo@nwu.ac.za


On Thursday 16 March 2017, LIASA President Mr Mandla Ntombela  and President Elect Ms Nikki Crowster, on invitation, attended the official opening of Papi Ntjama Community Library in Motla Village, Moretele Municipality. This event, a precursor to the launch of South African Library Week, ended sadly with a tragic accident as people were driving back to their homes.

The North West Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA) mourns the tragic death on this day of eight (8) person of which four (4) were library staff:  the Principal Librarian, Ms Wilheminah Lekganyane of Dr Ruth District Library;  Head Librarian, Ms Moloko Bopape of Ganyesa Main Library;  library assistant, Mr Ms Lekakaba Moirwagale (Tlakgameng); and Ms Phindolia Maleka (Tosca). Three (3) learners from Huhudi  and Setswakgosing High Schools respectively as well as Tosca Primary School and one (1) Ganyesa community member also lost their lives.

The Librarian of Ganyesa Library, a Vryburg Language Practitioner and a Library Assistant were hospitalized and there is no further news about their condition. According to the CATA: a community member who was in the vehicle with the deceased colleagues went missing.

On behalf of LIASA governance and membership, I extend our sincere condolences to all affected families, to the North West CATA staff and to friends and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss, grief and pain. “Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort for tomorrow” Author unknown

May God give you strength and courage to face this pain and may their souls rest in peace.

Kind regards,

Mandla Ntombela
LIASA President