UCT Libraries has established a platform for open access publication aimed at the African research community (see http://www.openaccess.lib.uct.ac.za/oa/continental-platform). According to the website, the “platform allows the African research community to take ownership of creating and sharing its own scholarly content, which contributes to the growth and development of local research for African society. The publishing platform addresses the challenge of Africa's low production by practicing diamond open access, that is knowledge is free to access for the reader and the author does not pay to publish. In this model, diamond open access is a community-based publishing alternative model that disrupts the commercial publishing system. This shift returns the control of publishing back to the researcher community; free from third-party publishers imposing their restrictions to access. The continental platform consist of open access journals and open access monographs and textbooks”.
They are offering their services to African universities and researchers to help create new African journals, as well as promote existing journals. They can provide training on how to establish and run a journal, as well as provide technical expertise. Two universities in South Africa have already joined, UNAM is there with their journals, and about 5 Zimbabwean universities have joined – though only 2 have completed the process so far. As indicated above, they also host open monographs or open textbooks, some of which had nearly 11,000 downloads!
I recently attended an Open Scholarship webinar hosted by the Association of African Universities (AAU), where this platform was showcased. It was very interesting and you can view the recording by going to: https://aau365.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/Enas_t5joIJOs5BhDZZ5y0YB6awh2dxU9XRJURR9Dg1HMA?e=YQCYIx
I think this is a worthwhile endeavor that NUST should strongly consider joining.