Improving the Management of Estate Agents’ Records in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Authors

  • Sibusiso E Ncube Department of Information Science, University of South Africa
  • Antonio Rodrigues Department of Information Science, University of South Africa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25159/0027-2639/2002

Keywords:

records, records management, recordkeeping, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, private

Abstract

This article reports on the state of estate agents’ records in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, with a view to recommending improvements toward their effective and efficient management. Within the qualitative paradigm, the researchers adopted a collective case study strategy. The main population for the study was the estate agencies in the city, and the selection of the respondents was based on a purposive sampling technique. In this regard, the person who occupied the overall management position of each estate agency was considered the most suitable respondent. Interviews were held with these estate agents to gather in-depth information. It became evident from the empirical findings of the study that the recordkeeping practices of the estate agents were performed inadequately, including: inadequate storage facilities for their records; haphazard filing and ad hoc records management practices; an absence of records management procedure manuals for both paper records and electronic records; random disposal practices and non-existent disposal and retention schedules; and a lack of archives and records management training for estate agency staff. In addition, legislation was found to be weak and inadequate regarding its coverage of the management of records of non-public organisations, such as estate agencies. Based on these findings, it was recommended that estate agents develop and implement records management programmes which will ensure that their records management practices are more effective. Further recommendations were made to improve on the storage, classification and filing, disposal and disaster preparedness, and also for all estate agents to collaborate with archivers and records professionals and institutions in order to receive the necessary advice and assistance on different record management issues.

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Author Biographies

Sibusiso E Ncube, Department of Information Science, University of South Africa

Ms Ncube holds a Masters of Information science in Archival Science, University of South Africa (UNISA, Pretoria), which she completed in 2016. She works in the archives and records management field in Zimbabwe. Her research interests lie in the management of records in the private sector in Africa.

Antonio Rodrigues, Department of Information Science, University of South Africa

Dr Antonio Rodrigues is  a senior lecturer in the Department of Information Science, University of South Africa (UNISA, Pretoria). He holds a DLitt et Phil (Information science) from UNISA. He has pursued studies in archival science and in education and training. His teaching responsibilities include library and information science, and archives and records management. His research interests involve studies on multicultural librarianship and documenting under-documented communities.

Published

2017-11-03

How to Cite

Ncube, S. E. and Rodrigues, A. (2017) “Improving the Management of Estate Agents’ Records in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe”, Mousaion: South African Journal of Information Studies, 35(1), pp. 68-89. doi: 10.25159/0027-2639/2002.

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Articles
Received 2016-12-07
Accepted 2017-05-04
Published 2017-11-03