Bidding Farewell to the retiring National Librarian who had achieved so much
Mr John Kgwale Tsebe
A call to enlist the skills, expertise and experience of people retiring was made at the function paying tribute to the South African National Librarian John Tsebe on his retirement.
National Librarian and CEO Mr John Kgwale Tsebe, who is retiring after 40 years of dedicated service in the Library and Information Sector was honored at a farewell function at the National Library of South Africa on 18 February 2014.
Accolades for his transformational leadership and his dedication, dicipline and commitment were made by his collegues, friends and family.
Armed with the knowledge that access to information is the initial step of human development he respositioned the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) as a centre of excellence, opening the doors of learning to all.
He served the profession in many roles including Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA), National Council for Library and Information Services (NCLIS) and Book Development Council. Internationally he is the Chairperson of Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL) and he also served at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
He is one of Prof Seth Manaka's first three graduates in Library and Information Science from the then University of the North (now University of Limpopo).
Mr Tsebe travelled extensively internationally to encourage, develop and sustain global partnerships in the Library and Information Services sector and to develop partnerships and international cross-cultural understanding.