eResearch Report 2017 - 2018 - Page 6



Introductions
A thank you to
those who made
us what we
are today
Marilet Sienaert,
Executive director,
Research Office
When Sakkie Janse van Rensburg took up the role of
executive director of Information and Communication
Technology Services (ICTS) at UCT in 2009, almost no
relationship existed between the research endeavour
and ICTS. Fortunately for UCT, Sakkie, from his tenure
in the same role at the University of the Free State,
understood the importance of advanced IT support for
research and set us on the path toward establishing
UCT eResearch.
There is no doubt that without Sakkie’s
initial vision – and his determination to
implement that vision – UCT eResearch
would not be the leader it is today.
Under Gwenda’s guidance, UCT Libraries
transitioned from its traditional role as
custodian of books and paper journals
to an institution that recognises that
libraries are at the heart of the academic
community and are needed to provide
support to researchers – even in the
digital age.
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