Ritchie library ready, just waiting for power
THE department of sport, arts and culture has rubbished claims that the Ritchie Library had become a white elephant and it has not been used since completion.
Spokesperson Conrad Fortune said the library was complete and the only outstanding issue was the electrical connection from Eskom.
“The contractor has already paid the deposit to Eskom for the connection and the power utility processes are taking are taking longer than anticipated.
“The library will only be officially opened once the electricity is connected,” Fortune said.
The MEC Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba recently announced that R163m would be set aside for refurbishment of community library services in and around the province.
“The bulk of this allocation will be utilised for the construction for new study libraries and the procurement of library materials in the province as well as professional and development of capacity in the sector,” she said.
She said the allocation of infrastructure for the 201718 financial year was R35.9m with key focus of bringing reading facilities closer to the communities.
During the mayoral outreach programme in Ritchie the mayor of Sol Plaatje municipality Mangaliso Matika opened a state of the art internet cafe fully fitted with WiFi, 10 desk tops and a printer.
Mayoral spokesperson Gregory Seleke said the centre would be aimed at assisting the youth and ensuring that community members had information at the tip of their fingers.
“It will be the first of its kind in the area, its sole and main intention is to bridge the gap of travelling for such services and to help residents to access internet at all times particularly young people,” he said.
NO LIGHTS: Ritchie library.