The Northern Cape premier Ms Sylvia Lucas and the MEC of Sports, Arts and Culture Ms Bongiwe Mbingo-Gigaba officially handed over two libraries on Janu-ary 24 and 25, 2018 respectively.
The premier handed over the Mos-weu Piet Melamu library at Logaga-neng village to the community, while the MEC handed over the Ester Mo-lete library at Churchill the following day.
The initiative is part of the Northern Cape government’s effort to provide libraries to the community and to promote the culture of reading among learners, educators and the community at large.
The Ester Molete becomes the re-gional library and was named after
the late mayor of Joe Morolong who died mysteriously under suspicious circumstances after a short illness.
Ms Molete’s mother and close re-latives were consulted before na-ming the library after her and they formed part of the dignitaries at the official opening.
Speaking at the official handover of the library, MEC Mbingo-Gigaba said that libraries have become a ne-cessity to the development of the community. “These libraries have been strategically built to meet the interests of learners, students and the community in meeting their learning needs where research is a routine component.
“As a mining region where science and mathematics are imperatives,
these libraries are ideal sources of information.”
In a theme dubbed “Reading to move South Africa forward” the MEC said that the late and former pre-sident Nelson Mandela encouraged everyone to go to school as a vital means of changing the world from the vagaries of dependence and po-verty, hence the availing of libraries is part of that fulfilment.
The libraries are already equipped with relevant resources and which will become the property of the com-munities. Both the premier and the MEC advised the communities to take care of their fountains of know-ledge.
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