By Gretchen Smith & Ben Fouche

The recent South African KM summit held at the Roodevallei Convention Centre near Pretoria from the 27th to the 29th of May was one of the best events of its nature that we have ever attended. It brought together a wide spectrum of KM practitioners, academics, consultants and technology providers from South Africa and beyond. Not only did the programme cover a rich variety of relevant topics and issues in the field of knowledge management, but a variety of approaches in addition to formal presentations were used to create and hold the interest and participation of the delegates.

The mix of recognised local and international KM speakers and attendees/participants set the scene for lively small group discussions and interaction. In particular the presentations and contributions of Patrick Lambe of Straits Knowledge were highly regarded by all the delegates.  The summit clearly indicated that knowledge management is alive and healthy in the public and private sectors of the South African economy. It is our hope that the KM summit will grow in strength and that more participants in the Southern African subcontinent will attend.  This is necessary for the continuous development of the KM, organisational learning and innovative capacity of organisations in all sectors of the economy.

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