The Southern African Knowledge Management Summit (#2017SAKMS) provides a platform to showcase and interrogate the strategic value and practices of knowledge management as a key management discipline for the 21st century. It also serves as an opportunity for leaders and professionals in the knowledge management realm to connect and engage in robust dialogue and meaning making, participate in stimulating deep dives, as well as learning about latest developments, opportunities, and challenges in the field.
The SAKMS is the leading KM event in South Africa for the KM community, by the KM community.
The 2017 SA KM Summit will also provide a platform for the KM SA Society to host their first Annual General Meeting. An interim executive committee was selected at the launch event in November 2016. You are welcome to contact the chair, Kholane Chauke for more information about the establishment of the KM SA Society.
We are looking forward to meet with KM leaders and leading KM professionals at the #2017SAKMS – 29-31 August 2017! This year’s Summit will be held at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton, Johannesburg.
Surrounded by skilled and passionate knowledge leaders — Wow, I must say I learnt a lot from the roundtables group discussions…getting to understand how KM was developed in other org — Learning so much at this KM Summit — A quick and intense learning opportunity — Having a very positive outlook in my career of knowledge management — Boy oh boy I’m learning a lot here — Nice to see all the old KM friends — Leadership workshop brought new thinking on how we should take KM forward — Wow, all these information I’m getting is quiet insightful…I’m could be well on my way of becoming an effective knowledge manager — I really liked the interactive and engaging format of the conference. I am looking forward to the next conference. — KM Summit is out of this world. Effective learning and sharing — @KMSummit format is a winner! Best interaction for all delegates. No one misses out — Brilliant workshops today, lots of energy, learning from and WITH each other. Looking 4ward to tomorrow! — As it draws to an end, I feel privileged to have been part of a very successful and informative #2015SAKMS — A successful and innovative summit perfectly executed!
Elmi Bester has a keen interest in knowledge communities and networks and the impact and opportunities of social technologies on how we relate, connect and learn. Her premise is that the current wave of interest in knowledge is not something new, but rather a renaissance of a natural human ability we have lost in the quest for optimisation of mass production of goods and information. Elmi is currently crafting a new journey as a freelance consultant. She is also hosting regular Knowledge Conversations as an opportunity for the KM fraternity in South Africa to connect around issues and learning that really matters.
Previously, Elmi was the manager of the CSIR Knowledge Commons – a space and place for knowledge sharing and contactivity in a multi-disciplinary research organisation. Prior to this position, Elmi practiced as a project manager, content management specialist and business analysis consultant. She was involved in various process management-, application development- and content management projects in the financial-, manufacturing- and IT industries. She held positions as a lecturer in the Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria and as Information Management consultant at the CSIR. She was part of the WebAfrica pioneer team, the predecessor of M-Web.
Advisory Panel Members
Akhona Damane is currently employed as the Manager: Knowledge Management and Innovation for Transnet Freight Rail, in South Africa. He is responsible for heading the Knowledge Management function for over 30 000 employees. Prior to joining Transnet Freight Rail, Akhona worked for the Western Cape Government Department of Human Settlements as the acting Director for Strategy, Monitoring & Evaluation, and Information Management. He has also worked as a part-time Lecturer in Information Systems at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), in Cape Town. He was first involved in Knowledge Management efforts at CSIR in 2003. His expertise includes Strategic Planning, Information and Knowledge Management, Change Management, and Information Systems implementation. His first love for many years has been Geo-Spatial Information Systems (GIS), and Renewable & Alternative Energy. He possesses a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Fort Hare, South Africa. He has completed a number of certificates in Knowledge Management and Project Management.
Lameshnee Chetty is currently Head the Knowledge Management strategic program for Deloitte Africa. She has been in the knowledge management industry for the past 10 years and have contributed extensively to the body of knowledge – published an article in the South African Journal of Knowledge Management; presented KM strategy at Deloitte Knowledge Management conference in UK; presented KM strategy at Deloitte Knowledge Management conference in Belgium and presented a number KM project management and execution best practices for independent KM consultancies. She is also an external moderator and industry lecturer for the University of Johannesburg faculty of Information and Knowledge Management. Lameshnee holds a BA degree in Agriculture from the University of Pietermaritzburg where I was selected to join the University of Natal Golden Key International Honor Society for graduating in the top 15 % of undergraduate students. She is currently completing my M.Phil Information Management after completing of a BA Hons degree in Information Management from the University of Johannesburg.
Kholane Chauke’s professional goal is to be part of the thought leadership in the Knowledge Management (KM) space; guided and driven by approaches which seek to align with the client’s business development priorities. In particular, co-developing KM solutions with clients to fast track best practice adaptation, continuous improvement, collaboration and raise business process “strategic IQ”. He has over 17 Years of experience – including overlaps in KM Strategy development and implementation of KM initiatives such ass Knowledge Harvesting and Transfer, Lessons Learned, Knowledge networks (Communities of practice and Expertise Finder database), Records and Document Management; Business Research, IT Project Management & Service Management. Kholane has worked in multinational companies such as EY, Anglo American and Anglo Platinum; National Researcher Council (National Research Foundation and Human Science Research Council) and is currently leading the Knowledge Management unit at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). Kholane holds a Masters of Information Science (University of Pretoria) and a Masters of Business Leadership (University of South Africa). Kholane is the Chair of the Interim Executive Committee of the KM SA Society.
Dr Andrew Kok matriculated at the Secondary School Jagersfontein. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Potchefstroom University for Higher Education and thereafter completed his MBA at the University of Stellenbosch in 2000 and completed his D Com in 2006 at the University of Johannesburg with a thesis on â€œIntellectual Capital Management at South African Universities.
He started his career as Head of Information Services at the former Atomic Energy Corporation, was senior lecturer in Knowledge Management at the Rand Afrikaans University and is working since 2007 for the Provincial Government Western Cape as Manager: Information and Knowledge Management.
Andrew is the author of 14 research articles on Knowledge Management and presented papers on this topic at 7 international and 19 national conferences.
Christiaan Maasdorp is full-time lecturer in the Department of Information Science at Stellenbosch University and Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Knowledge and Information Systems Management and the MPhil in Information and Knowledge Management. He holds a BA with majors in Political Science and Philosophy after which he completed the degrees BPhil and MPhil, the latter with a thesis on conceptions of tacit knowledge in Knowledge Management and Organization Theory. He teaches the knowledge management content in the postgraduate programmes in information and knowledge management at Stellenbosch University.
Prof Martie Mearns is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Information and Knowledge Management at the University of Johannesburg since January 2016. Prior to this, she was an Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in the same Department from 2008-2015, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Human Ecology at UNISA, a teacher for a short period of time and started her career in 1997 as a Junior Lecturer in Information Sciences at the former Rand Afrikaans University. She has authored or co-authored 23 peer reviewed articles, two book chapters, 16 peer reviewed conference proceedings and 6 non-peer reviewed conference papers. She has supervised 80 Honours research projects, 11 Masters and one Ph.D. Her supervision and research methodological expertise is widely recognised and she runs the Masters research methodology programmes for two Faculties at the University of Johannesburg. Her approach to research methodology has been described as entrepreneurial by internationally recognised research methodology experts. She received the Faculty of Management Future-Fit Teaching and Learning Award for Postgraduate Teaching 2012 for recognition for lecturing of research methodology for postgraduate students.
Fezile Njokweni holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and a Master’s degree in Town and Regional Planning. Since 1999, he has worked in all levels of Local Government (i.e. local, district and metropolitan municipalities) as a municipal practitioner. He is currently the Programme Manager responsible for coordinating and facilitating the KM Programme in the eThekwini Municipality. His portfolio involves identifying, creating, organising, packaging, sharing, storing and using knowledge to advance the “business” of the municipality.
Prof Chris Rensleigh is the Head of Department and Chairperson for Department of Information and Knowledge Management at the University of Johannesburg. In addition to his administrative duties, lecturing and research supervision he is also the Editor-in-Chief for the accredited South African Journal of Information Management (SAJIM).
Brent Simons, Department of Public Service and Administration
Marietjie Schutte, University of Pretoria