Library hosted SU Law Clinic interns from Hasselt University

All Rise! (A popular term used in South African courts to announce a judge entering or leaving a courtroom.) On 22 July 2022, the Library and Information Service (faculty librarians for Law) had the privilege to host Masters students from Hasselt University in Belgium. The students were working as interns at the Stellenbosch University Law Clinic. The opportunity is the result of an existing relationship between the SU Faculty of Law and Hasselt University.

Stellenbosch University Law Clinic interns from Hasselt University with the faculty librarians for Law, Ms Sanda Nyoka (left back) and Mr Pieter du Plessis (right back)

The students attended a library training session which aimed to introduce them to South African legal resources (both online and in print). During a break from the session the students were taken on a library tour showcasing the different spaces within the library: the Law section; Client Services; the Carnegie Research Commons and the Makerspace. During the training session, the interns showed great enthusiasm.

Sanda Nyoka

Photograph: Bronwyn Bruton

Cameron Collection launched and ready for use at SU Library

This article was originally published on the Stellenbosch University website on 13 December 2022. It is authored by Corporate Communication and Marketing Division, SU.

The launch and opening of the Justice Edwin Cameron Collection and Reading Room took place in the Stellenbosch University (SU) Library on Tuesday 6 December 2022. The collection, received in 2021, is housed in the Special Collections area of the library and is now ready to be used by researchers.

This comprehensive collection contains publications and lectures by Cameron as well as material on his voluntary community service. Importantly, it also contains material on his career and his years as Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. This includes court cases, speeches, journals, videos, newspaper clippings and photographs.

Ellen Tise, Senior Director: Library and Information Services, said the collection is the culmination of a conversation she started with Cameron in December 2020 and is the 461st collection to be curated by the manuscript section of the Special Collections division.

“This very special collection offers researchers a glimpse of what our future could look like by looking at the past and also what is currently happening in the country,” she said.

Prof Nicola Smit, Dean of the Faculty of Law, expressed similar sentiments.

“This collection by one of South Africa’s foremost jurors and activists for justice will help researchers and our students to better understand South Africa’s history and our past. It is a precious gift to present and future generations of students and scholars. It will help them gain a deeper understanding of how individuals like Justice Cameron took a courageous stand against the injustices of their time in solidarity with others. It will also hopefully inspire them to forge pathways to justice in their own time.”

Cameron, who has been Chancellor of SU since January 2020, said he is touched and deeply grateful for being honoured in this way, but reiterated that the collection is not about him.

“It is about history and memorialising the issues that I have been permitted to grapple with and bring to the fore. I hope that this collection will contribute to greater understanding of those issues.”

The retired Constitutional Court judge is well known for his HIV/Aids and gay-rights activism. President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed him as Inspecting Judge of Correctional Services from
1 January 2020.

In 2015, SU conferred an honorary doctorate on Cameron in acknowledgement of his “unstinting professional and personal advocacy for the recognition of every person’s dignity, freedom and equality – foundational values he has helped entrench in our legal system and beyond”.

He has helped develop South African law so as to truly reflect the fundamental values of the Constitution. Moreover, his role in securing the inclusion of sexual orientation as a prohibited ground of discrimination in the Bill of Rights, as well as his advocacy for persons with HIV/Aids, has made him a key player in South African and international law.

Cameron studied at the Universities of Stellenbosch, Oxford and South Africa. He started out his career at, among others, the University of the Witwatersrand’s Centre for Applied Legal Studies before he was appointed as senior counsel (SC) in 1994, and as an acting judge of the High Court by former President Nelson Mandela later that same year. He was appointed a judge of the High Court in 1995, judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2001, and justice of the Constitutional Court in 2009.

As the first South African in a high-profile public office speaking openly about his HIV status and experience taking antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), Cameron has made a credible and crucial contribution to more accessible ARV treatment for all HIV-positive South Africans.

The Cameron Collection takes pride of place next to other collections of SU Chancellors such as Frederik van Zyl Slabbert. The collection has been sorted and indexed and an inventory for the collection is available here.


Photograph of Ms Tise and Justice Edwin Cameron: Corporate Communication and Marketing Division, SU

Library Senior Director at World Science Forum

This article was originally published as SU represented at World Science Forum and is authored by Corporate Communication and Marketing Division, SU. It was published on 5 December 2022.

​Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Senior Director of Library and Information Services, Ellen R. Tise, will participate in the World Science Forum (WSF) to be hosted by the Department of Science and Innovation in Cape Town from 6 to 9 December. This is the first time this event is taking place in Africa.

Tise received an invitation from Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande, co-chair of the WSF 2022 steering committee.

The WSF takes place every two years and attracts scientists from all over the world. Established by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the gathering deliberates on the social and economic relevance, influence and responsibilities of science.

South Africa is hoping to achieve three key goals by hosting the WSF: to promote global debate that inspires action; to provide support for African leadership in global science policy discussions; and to promote South Africa as a strategic partner for global science collaboration in response to societal challenges.

The event will bring together scientists, government officials, industry leaders, media representatives, students from across the world as well as representatives from broader civil society. More than 1 000 people are expected to attend.

Under the theme “Science for Social Justice”, participants will notably consider how the production and application of new knowledge could and should challenge inequality, injustice, environmental destruction, and marginalisation. Debates will not only consider the role of science in advancing social justice, but also how the values of social justice, such as greater transparency and inclusivity, should transform the nature of the scientific enterprise itself, to make it more responsive to the needs of society.

Tise, who will participate in the thematic session entitled “The paths to Fully Open Access Science Across the Global South” on 7 December, regards it as a great honour for herself, SU and the library and information profession.

“As libraries our role is to contribute to the right to information and education, serve communities on the margins and provide safe spaces for the vulnerable. Our services extend to all, irrespective of religion, ability, disability, race, social standing and class. We regard ourselves as active participants in the social justice arena. This role of libraries in social justice has been given more prominence by our Open Access initiatives,” said Tise.

She continued: “This particular panel will showcase the expertise that exists in South Africa, at SU and in the continent. In a sense it also means one is being recognised for your expertise.”

The panel will discuss the obstacles and challenges that the international community, researchers and libraries face to transition to an open science environment. It will also try to chart pathways that will make this transition a seamless one.

By making research from academic and research institutes freely available, open science has great potential to, among other things, facilitate collaborations and partnerships to address societal problems. Currently, most of the research that has been published is commercialised, giving rise to unequal access to information between the rich and the poor, especially between the Global North and the Global South.

“My contribution (in the discussion) will be to raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by Global South researchers and librarians alike in realising the transition to open science.”

“Our resolve is guided by the belief that open access publishing will advance the protection of equal access to civil liberties, rights, and opportunities. We hope to play a part in deconstructing those structures that perpetuate inequality, exclusion, and marginalisation that we face in the Global South.”

Tise is a past president of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) (2009-2011) and of the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) (1998-2002). She is the current Chair of the IFLA Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression, and Chairperson of the South African National Library and Information Consortium Board of Directors. She served on other major library and information bodies, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award Advisory Committee in 2007. Tise was appointed to the UNESCO International Advisory Committee of the Memory of the World for a four-year period from 2011-2015 and served as Chair of the Board of the National Library of South Africa from 2012-2015.


Photograph of Ms Tise: Library and Information Service, SU

Extract of programme: World Science Forum 2022 website

Update on open access publishing options at SU

This is a reminder of the various discounted and free-of-charge options for open access publishing available to SU researchers.

In the past two years, the Library and Information Service has signed agreements with some publishers which offer discount for publishing with open access (OA), and in some cases to publish OA without paying article processing charges (APCs). However, it has come to our attention that there are researchers that remain unaware of these benefits. We would like to encourage researchers to use these options and to encourage their colleagues on campus to use them.

These are the publishers with whom we have signed free-of-charge OA agreements:

  1. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

The agreement allows corresponding authors from SU to publish an unlimited number of articles OA in ACM journals free of charge.

  1. Cambridge University Press

The agreement allows corresponding authors from SU to publish research articles in CUP journals free of charge.

  1. Emerald

The agreement permits corresponding authors from SU to publish a capped number of articles as OA free of charge in the Emerald gold and hybrid journals to which we subscribe.

  1. IMechE

The agreement permits corresponding authors from SU to publish an uncapped number of articles as OA in IMechE journals free of charge.

  1. SAGE

The agreement allows corresponding authors from SU to publish an uncapped number of articles as OA in  SAGE hybrid titles (SAGE Choice) free of charge. Corresponding SU authors will also receive a discount of 20% when publishing in  SAGE’s gold OA portfolio of titles.

  1. Sponsoring Consortium for OA Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP³)

The partnership allows corresponding authors from SU to publish OA in journals in the SCOAP³ repository free of charge. The focus is on particle physics.

  1. Wiley

The agreement allows corresponding authors from SU to publish free of charge in Wiley’s hybrid OA journals.


These are the publishers with whom we have signed discounted OA agreements:

  1. MDPI

Corresponding SU authors will receive a 10% discount on the APC for any paper accepted for publication by MDPI.

  1. Royal Society of Chemistry

Corresponding authors from SU will receive a 15% discount on APCs when publishing OA with RSC. The first four articles submitted to RSC by SU authors per year will be published free of charge.

  1. Springer Nature

Submissions under the University’s affiliation will afford researchers 15% discount on the APCs for BMC, Springer Open and Palgrave Macmillan Open titles.

For more information about the publishers and to view titles eligible for OA publishing, please visit Please also feel free to contact your faculty librarian or Caretha Nel at or 021 808 4433.

1 December 2022