SA present at Timbuktu unveiling

first_imgAbdel Kader Haïdara, one of Timbuktu’s leading manuscript experts. Haïdara inherited his family’s collection and opened the city’s first private archive, the Mamma Haïdara Memorial Library, in 1998. (Image: Library of Congress) The Haïdara family library houses over 5 000 manuscripts covering topics such as astronomy, geography, chemistry, medicine, poetry, travel journals, and legal and philosophical documents. (Image: Library of Congress) A number of manuscripts are elaborately detailed with gilded script. (Image: Ford Foundation) Janine ErasmusSouth African president Kgalema Motlanthe was recently in Timbuktu, Mali, to take part in the handover of that country’s newly completed archival and library facility, custom built for the priceless Timbuktu Manuscripts. The ceremony took place on 24 January 2009.Motlanthe officially inaugurated the state-of-the-art facility, built to house one of Africa’s greatest cultural treasures, and handed it over to President Amadou Touré and the people of Mali. He was accompanied by his predecessor, former president Thabo Mbeki, and Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Ntombazana Botha.South Africa has played an important role in the construction of the building, as well as the training of Malian staff. The unveiling of the new facility sees an important collaborative programme come to fruition.“It is in the spirit of African cooperation and with the desire to preserve Africa’s ancient manuscripts, that this building is the outcome of collaboration between the peoples and governments of the Republic of Mali and the Republic of South Africa to make them accessible for the promotion of the African Renaissance,” commented Botha, who coordinates the project with Minister in the Presidency Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.The Timbuktu library project is a flagship cultural initiative of the New Partnership for Africa’s development and started when then President Mbeki made a state trip to Mali in November 2001.Mbeki took time to visit Timbuktu and witnessed firsthand the conditions under which the collection of medieval documents were kept at the time. Battling not only inadequate facilities but also the harsh climate of the region – Timbuktu sits on the western edge of the unforgiving Sahara desert – staff were nonetheless diligent in their work and devoted to their task.Mbeki later confessed to being immensely moved by the efforts of staff to preserve the precious slice of African history, and decided there and then to assist in the conservation of the documents. The South African government issued a pledge to build a new library to ensure that the fragile manuscripts were kept under climate-controlled conditions.About 25 000 manuscripts now have a new home. The building reportedly houses an auditorium, administration offices, conservation storage and workshop spaces, exhibition spaces, an outdoor auditorium for public events, and a general public library for residents. It also offers advanced facilities for visiting scholars.Cultural co-operationMbeki and his Malian counterpart, former president Oumar Konare, signed a bilateral agreement in 2001, which saw the establishment of the Timbuktu Trust. The Trust was chaired by South Africa’s former Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad and its mission was to raise funds for building. About R60-million (US$6-million) but 60% was donated to the fund through the generosity of the private and public sectors.The agreement also set out the areas of co-operation between the two countries. These included skills training, raising public awareness, and providing proper protection for the manuscripts.South African archivists supervised specialised training in conservation techniques for Malian representatives between 2003 and 2005. At the same time the two countries organised a series of conferences, cultural exchanges and publications to raise awareness of the importance of the collection. In 2008 a selection of 40 manuscripts left Mali for the first time ever to tour museums in South Africa.Historical documentsThe Timbuktu Manuscripts are written in Arabic and local languages, and cover topics as diverse as ethical behaviour, Islamic doctrine, Sufism, the use of gold as currency, treatment of disease, and local correspondence. More than 700 000 documents survive under the care of archive staff and in private libraries, providing a rich commentary of life at the time. Most are in a fragile condition.Timbuktu is a city steeped in cultural history, and is inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (Unesco) register of World Heritage sites. The manuscripts themselves are part of Unesco’s Memory of the World project, which aims to preserve irreplaceable archive holdings and library collections around the world.The city was founded around 1100 C.E (Common Era, equivalent to A.D.) and quickly established itself as an important stop along the lucrative gold-salt trade routes in the region.Even before the European Renaissance, the ancient city was an important centre of spiritualism and learning during the 15th and 16th centuries. This was the heyday of the Songhai Empire, one of the largest African empires ever known.Timbuktu was home to the renowned Koranic Sankore University and other institutions, and became a hub for the propagation of the Islamic faith throughout Africa. Scholars came from all over the Islamic world to improve their knowledge. The existence of the manuscripts is important in that it indicates a history of the written word in Africa, in contrast to the belief that the oral tradition took precedence.Timbuktu boasts three magnificent mosques, Djingarey-Ber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, which attest to the grandeur of the city during its golden age.The new library is built in the adobe style of Timbuktu, blended with contemporary architectural styles. It is designed to protect the manuscripts against the threats of insect damage, natural elements such as dust and wind, chemical dangers such as acidity and moisture, and the perils of careless human handling.Curator, artist and writer Riason Naidoo, the project manager, said, “It’s a melange of old and new.”Do you have comments or queries about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on [email protected] storiesSaving priceless African historyUseful links:Timbuktu FoundationUnesco – Timbuktu ManuscriptsLibraries of TimbuktuLibrary of Congress Timbuktu Manuscripts exhibitionNew Partnership for Africa’s DevelopmentThe city of TimbuktuFord Foundationlast_img read more

People On the Move: September–October 2018

first_imgBrent Smerczynski, LPC was promoted to corporate asset protection manager of operations, safety, and regulatory compliance, and Lauren Freede was promoted to asset protection manager of investigations and anti-money laundering at 7-Eleven.Jochen Koedijk was named chief marketing officer at ADT.Brian Harvell was named chief technology officer at Agilence.- Sponsor – Ron Bigelow was named corporate security at Aldi USA.Lisa Albers, LPC and Gene Snavely were promoted to regional loss prevention managers, and Katie Shephard is now a regional loss prevention manager (United Arab Emirates) at Amazon.Ben Borer, LPC was promoted to director of loss prevention, and Kate Dove, LPQ was promoted to regional loss prevention manager at American Eagle Outfitters.Kelly Murphy-Iversen has been named director of loss prevention at American Freight, Furniture & Mattress.Christopher Hoffman is now senior program manager at Appriss.Jesse Stevens was promoted to divisional investigator at AutoZone.Luke O’Reilly is now AVP regional security manager at Barclays UK.Steve Welk, CFI was promoted to senior director, loss prevention at Barnes & Noble College.Stephen Hall was promoted to director of loss prevention, Lance Lee, CFI was promoted to loss prevention training and audit coordinator, Ryan Barthel was promoted to field training and development manager, and Darryl Keister, CFI was promoted to loss prevention regional investigator at Beall’s.Sean Kecskes was promoted to senior loss prevention manager at Belle Tire.Michelle McKernan was promoted to multi-unit loss prevention manager at Blain’s Farm & Fleet.Justin Ponzini and Ki Johnson are now district loss prevention managers at Burlington Stores.Anthony Dentler, LPQ was promoted to field manager of asset protection at Cabela’s / Bass Pro Shops.Tony Zenari, CFI is now a regional asset protection manager at Carter’s / OshKosh B’gosh.Carl Rysdon has been promoted to vice president of RFID solutions at Checkpoint Systems.Vianey Martin is now a regional loss prevention manager at The Children’s Place.Christopher Dyess is now a territory loss prevention manager at Claire’s Inc.Christie Hale has been named vice president of internal audit and loss prevention at Cracker Barrel.Damien Jones was promoted to regional asset and profit protection manager at David Jones (Australia).Steven Bedi is now divisional loss prevention director at Dollar General.Admir Mehmedovic is now a regional asset protection manager at Dollar Tree Stores.David O’Brien was named director of human resources of retail at Duluth Trading Company.O. Keith Wanke was promoted to senior vice president of loss prevention, audit and firearms compliance, and Thomas Cairns, CFI was promoted to director of loss prevention, audit and firearms compliance at Dunham’s Sports.Christian Placencia is now corporate loss prevention manager at Estee Lauder.Kevin Ward was promoted to regional loss prevention manager, and Michael A. Fortune, CFI, CFE is now a market loss prevention investigator at Family Dollar.Andy Stofanik was promoted to vice president operations, safety and loss prevention at Floor & Décor.Veronica Harden is now district director of loss prevention at Gabe’s.Jarrod Fullerton was promoted to business development manager, signature brands at Genetec.John Bellefeuille was promoted to associate vice president of loss prevention at Giant Tiger Stores Limited.Lawrence Hartman, CFI, LPC is now director of risk management, loss prevention, and safety at Goodwill Industries of Central Florida.Gary Johnson, CPP, CFE has been named director of loss prevention at Guitar Centers.Camille Bauer was promoted to senior area loss prevention manager at Harbor Freight Tools.Donnell Murphy PCI, LPQ, CORCI is now an organized retail crime investigator at The Home Depot.Bob Casar, CFE was promoted to territory director of loss prevention at HS Brands International.Jake Crank and Mark Garcia are now district asset protection managers at L Brands.David Clark was promoted to district asset protection manager at Lord & Taylor.Osmany Benitez, CFI is now a regional manager of asset protection at Luxottica.Wallace Parks and Rey Rodriguez were promoted to regional directors of asset protection, and Tymothy Conklin was promoted to regional organized retail crime manager at Macy’s.Kimberly Sanders was named loss prevention field director at Michael’s.Tracey Garnett was promoted to regional loss prevention manager at Michael Kors.Rachel Hoffman is now a regional loss prevention manager at Moblelink.Ryan Coller is now a division loss prevention manager at NAPA Auto Parts.John Morris was promoted to national director of investigations, and Sean Schmidt is now an area loss prevention manager at Nordstrom.Shannon Hunter has been promoted to vice president of loss prevention and sustainability at Office Depot.Bruce Pyke has been named director of loss prevention, and Adam Burkhart is now a district loss prevention manager at Ollies Bargain Outlet.Chris Ota has been named vice president of loss prevention at Pacific Sunwear.John Carro, CFI is now a regional loss prevention manager at Pep Boys.Nathan Hamblin, LPC, CORCI was promoted to senior regional loss prevention and safety manager of supply chain, and James Skinner is now a regional loss prevention and safety business partner at PetSmart.Kris Vece, LPQ was promoted to vice president of client relations, and Sally McGuffin was promoted to vice president of vendor relations at Protos Security.Jennifer Goodwin and Neil O’Neill, CFI are now area loss prevention managers at Ross Stores.Keith Long is now a district asset protection manager at Safeway.Sean O’Dell, LPC is now a regional asset and profit protection manager at Sears Home Services.Kory Best, CHS was promoted to national account manager at Securitas Security Services.Chip Chiappetta was promoted to senior regional loss prevention manager at Sephora.Jesse Forgays was promoted to senior manager of asset protection and safety video analytics, and Freddy Perez and Paul Evans, CFI were promoted to regional asset protection managers at Southeastern Grocers.Kevin Foote, LPC has been promoted to manager of workplace violence prevention and threat assessment at Staples.Michael Monaghan is now corporate loss prevention manager at Steve Madden.Nicole Garcea, Doug Ronspies, and Tim Begor are now district loss prevention managers at TJX Companies.Eddie Foley has been promoted to vice president of loss prevention at Tractor Supply Company.Michael Mayernik, CFI was promoted to director of loss prevention, and Misty Davis, CFI was promoted to regional loss prevention manager at ULTA Beauty.Robert Hurd is now a regional asset protection manager at Victoria’s Secret/Pink Stores.Miguel Falcon, LPC is now a multidistrict asset protection manager, Guelmy Jimenez is now an area asset protection solutions partner, and Hany Farah was promoted to asset protection district manager transition lead at Walgreens.George Savage was promoted to director of global business services, and Jesse Futch and Brittany Davis were promoted to market asset protection managers at Walmart.Ian Waller was promoted to regional investigations manager at Walmart Canada.Dave Wilkinson is now a regional loss prevention manager at Williams-Sonoma.Information for People on the Move is provided by the Loss Prevention Foundation, Loss Prevention Recruiters, Jennings Executive Recruiting, and readers like you. To inform us of a promotion or new hire, email us at peopleonthemove [at] LPportal.com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more