Prof Pat Ngulube has been appointed member and Chairperson of the National Archives Advisory Council by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa. The appointment is from April 2016 to April 2018.
Patrick Ngulube is a National Research Foundation (NRF) C1-rated researcher in Records and Archives. He is a professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Research and Postgraduate Studies, in the College of Graduate Studies.
His area of specialisation is Information Science and his research interests are indigenous knowledge systems, knowledge management, records management, e-government, the preservation of access to information and research methodology.
Ngulube has served in various portfolios within the East and Southern Africa Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (ESARBICA). He has published scholarly articles in field methods with a specific focus on mixed methods research and indigenous epistemologies.
The core functions of the National Archives Advisory Council are to
- advise the Minister and the Director-General on any matter related to the operation of the Act.
- advise the National Archivist on furthering the objectives and functions of the National Archives.
- advise and consult with the South African Heritage Resources Agency on the protection of records forming part of the National Estate.
- consult with the Public Protector on investigations into the unauthorised destruction of records otherwise protected under the Act.
- annually submit a business plan to the Minister for approval.
*Compiled by Hanli Wolhuter, Virginia McManus & Sharon Farrell