The Department of Library Services welcomes new staff members!

Posted on September 13, 2022

The Department of Library Services extends a very warm welcome to the new staff members that have recently joined us- we are so excited to have you on our team. We asked them some questions about themselves to get to know them better.

1. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Definitely an early bird.
2. What was your first job?
I worked in the library as a student worker when I was doing my second ataUniversityrsaty.
3. What advice would you give to your teenage self?
It really does get better, you are going to find things that you are really good at and craft your dreams for them.
4. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I was determined to be a behavioural analyst for the SAPS (I watched a lot of Criminal Minds)
5. What’s one hobby you’d love to get into?
Sewing would love to learn how to create my own outfits.
6. What’s your favorite TV show—the one you’re always watching on repeat?
The Big Bang Theory
1. What do you do at the DLS and in what circumstances would I come to you for something?

I am the Senior Coordinator for the Research Commons in the library. I am located in the Merensky 2 library on the Hatfield Campus. You can come to me if you are a Masters, Doctoral, Postdoctoral-fellow, or Support Services staff. I provide research-related interventions such as training, support, and bibliometric and altmetric reports for the University of Pretoria Executive.

2. What’s your go-to productivity trick?

I plan my activities the day before. I make use of a task list and create deadlines for myself so I don’t end up having to rush in the end. I also stand up from time to time to take short walks and talk to colleagues along the way. That helps me a lot to refresh and reset before I get back to work.

3. What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Stay the way you are and remain in your convictions. Do not doubt yourself, you are on the right path. My teenage self actually had life figured out more than the adult me.

4. What do you do to turn things around when you’re having a bad day?

I watch funny videos, take a walk, crochet something, or talk to the few people that always manage to bring me out negative bubbles if I am at work. At, home I go outdoors, talk to my closest friends, do some activity if I have the energy, and then eat the bad away.

5. What fictional place would you most like to visit?

Hogwarts. There are several places there that I want to visit

6What’s your most used emoji?

The laughing emoji. I have funny people in my life that I cannot help but laugh at.


1. What’s your go-to productivity trick?

Podcasts, stand-up comedy, and gospel music.

2. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

I am more of a morning person, I am the kind that finds it hard to fall asleep and easier to be awake. In the morning you will usually be greeted by that smile on my face no matter how late I slept the previous night.


3. What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?

It was from my uncle who raised me after my dad passed. He said, "people learn by their mistakes, you must think beyond that, look at them, and learn from their mistakes". Those words have saved me from making wrong decisions so many times in my life.

4. What’s your guilty pleasure?

All sorts of Liquorice and Fizzy drinks, I know they are bad for me but I love them. I’ve recently decided to never take fizzy drinks, I hope it lasts.

5. Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?

I have an ear for music, I love music and I love making music; the only problem is I have been told I have no mouth for music. Since I sing with my mouth, I continue singing even though it irritates some people.

6. If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?

Reading minds, for real! Like listening to people’s thoughts.

1. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
I'm an early bird, I’d like to believe I inherited this from my late Father.
2. What was your first job?
Merchandiser for the Edcon Group back in 2004.
3. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I'm an Ambivert
4. What three words would your friends use to describe you?
Loud, crazy and focused.
5. What book are you reading now?
Nervous conditions by Dangarembga, Tsitsi
6. Which season is your favorite?
Summer, I love dressing less.
We wish all our new staff members all the best and look forward to their contribution to the DLS's resolve to support the attainment of the University's strategic priorities.
Published by Sixolile Dlungwane

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