Building libraries

Building libraries

The MEC of Sports, Arts and Culture in Limpopo, Nandi Ndalane,

 is on a mission to ensure that residents of the province are well educated and she is relying on libraries to help achieve this.

Speaking to stakeholders at a recent Public Sector Manager Forum hosted by the Musina Local Municipality in Limpopo,

MEC Ndalane said her department should work closely with municipalities to deliver on its mandate of building libraries across the province.

“As a department we are responsible for the construction of libraries at diff erent municipalities. This year we have opened three libraries in Vhembe already.

“We build libraries because as the National Development Plan sets out, we are responsible for nation building and social cohesion. For us to achieve that we believe we should have a welleducated population.”

During her departmental Budget Vote earlier this year,

MEC Ndalane committed her department to building more libraries to promote the culture of reading.

 “In the next few weeks we will be opening the following libraries: Shiluvane Library in the Mopani District Municipality,

Saselamani Library in the Vhembe District Municipality, Mulati Library in the Mopani District Municipality and Shongoane Library in the Waterberg District Municipality.

“We have also commenced with the construction of two new libraries at Nzhelele in the Vhembe District Municipality and Phokwane in the Sekhukhune District Municipality”.

In the 2014/15 financial year, libraries will be built in Rooiberg in Thabazimbi Local Municipality, Ramokgopa in Molemole Local Municipality,

and Eldorado in the Blouberg Local Municipality. She added that other libraries would be upgraded this financial year.

“Through the same collaboration with Public Works, the upgrading and maintenance of 18 more libraries is planned for the 2014/15 financial year.

“The department is also embarking on a dual-purpose pilot project for upgrading of school libraries.” The department would also fill the libraries with learn

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