New li­brary brings Jozini to book

Vuk'uzenzele - - Sport, Arts Culture - Hlengiwe Ngob­ese

COm­mU­NI­TIES IN

anew state-of-theart li­brary has been opened in Jozini in North­ern KwaZulu-Na­tal. Manyiseni Li­brary will ben­e­fit over 28 000 peo­ple in the area who will no longer have to travel long dis­tances to ac­cess books. The li­brary has a study area, me­dia room and com­puter room, as well as a sec­tion that will be used for sto­ry­telling for chil­dren. Speak­ing at the of­fi­cial open­ing KZN MEC for Arts, Cul­ture, Sport and Re­cre­ation MEC Bongi Sit­hole-Moloi said peo­ple will no longer have to travel long dis­tances to ac­cess li­brary ser­vices. MEC Sit­hole-Moloi said the li­brary cost the de­part­ment R45 mil­lion.

“The con­struc­tion of this li­brary en­cour­ages the cul­ture of learn­ing in the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties of Jozini Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. The li­brary will serve wards 16, 17 and 18,” she said.

A to­tal of nine schools will ben­e­fit from the new fa­cil­ity.

“The li­brary has more than 5 000 books. The de­part­ment has al­ready started us­ing var­i­ous plat­forms, in­clud­ing its mo­bile li­brary truck, to mar­ket the li­brary so that the pub­lic can start reg­is­ter­ing as mem­bers,” she said.

She added that li­braries are agents of change in so­ci­ety and they give com­mu­ni­ties eq­ui­table ac­cess to qual­ity in­for­ma­tion.

“The school chil­dren will ben­e­fit a lot from this li­brary as they will now be able to eas­ily do their re­search. We hope the fa­cil­ity will help to im­prove the pass rate through the pro­vi­sion of ad­e­quate study ma­te­rial,” said MEC Sit­hole-Moloi.

Jozini Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Mayor De­lani Mabika said the li­brary will not only en­cour­age the cul­ture of learn­ing among the peo­ple of Jozini, but will also save them the money they used to spend on trans­port go­ing to town to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion.

“Now the in­for­ma­tion is at our doorstep and we don’t ex­pect you chil­dren to get poor re­sult at schools,” he said, ex­plain­ing that learn­ers who wish to qual­ify for a ter­tiary stud­ies bur­sary from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity need to get good re­sults. With a great li­brary closer to your homes, this is no longer as dif­fi­cult a task, he be­lieves.

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