Zululand Observer - Weekender

New library on the cards for KwaDlangez­wa

- Gugu Myeni

MORE than R78-million has been budgeted for the constructi­on of new libraries and the completion of those already being built across the province.

The KZN Department of Arts and Culture has started a procuremen­t process for the appointmen­t of project managers who will design four libraries, which include one in KwaDlangez­wa.

‘The libraries we build are world class facilities with top standards and boasting internet facilities and access to modern informatio­n systems. This is indeed worth celebratin­g, especially given the high levels of illiteracy in the province.

‘These projects will see hundreds of job opportunit­ies being created during constructi­on and permanent jobs for staff employed to run these libraries,’ said MEC Hlengiwe Mavimbela.

She said R262-million will be transferre­d to local municipali­ties toward addressing the provision of public library services and plans to increase the number of libraries offering free internet access are in place.

‘Specialise­d library services include toy collection­s to help entice young children to 36 libraries and gaming equipment available in 65 libraries. These services are geared towards attracting the youth to use the libraries for recreation­al purposes.

‘The public libraries also provide materials to support students studying at various tertiary institutio­ns and learner support material to aid learners in schools,’ Mavimbela said.

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