Youngsters encouraged to read

2017-07-27 06:00
Mayco member Anda Ntsodo, with Azola, Lazola and Kuyasa acting principal librarian Ncebakazi Mawu.

Mayco member Anda Ntsodo, with Azola, Lazola and Kuyasa acting principal librarian Ncebakazi Mawu.

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The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area East, Councillor Anda Ntsodo, visited the Kuyasa Library last week where he encouraged young people to continue reading and learning.

‘The City of Cape Town’s 104 libraries are so much more than just facilities where books and audio-visual material can be accessed. A love for reading, learning and libraries can start as soon as a child is born. Parents are encouraged to enrol their children at their nearest library as soon as they are born.

‘Reading opens up a whole new world. You can visit exotic places and learn about different cultures. You can improve skills and hone talents, and at the same time you gain knowledge about subjects that may have seemed foreign before,’ said Councillor Ntsodo.

Councillor Ntsodo was joined on his visit to the library and surrounds by the Junior City Council Junior Deputy Mayor, Azola Ndongeni, and Junior Subcouncil 5 Chairperson, Lazola Nomkala. The two young people were impressed by the facility and thoroughly enjoyed their visit.

‘It was good to see so many young people use the facility. It gives them no excuse not to succeed as they have access to knowledge right here. The youth here can do as well or better than those elsewhere. It is about what you do with what you’ve been given and this is world-class,’ said Ms Ndongeni.

Ms Nomkala was also impressed by Kuyasa Library, adding that ‘this is a great facility and worth the City’s investment into the infrastructure. I am glad to see that those young people who may feel they are not as privileged as others have access to the same opportunities’.

Kuyasa Library is one of the City’s flagship facilities and is well used by the community. The library presents poetry and storytelling sessions, while also offering outreach programmes to young people and the elderly. It has a space dedicated to senior citizens, who have benefited from interaction with others and have been introduced to new technologies and ideas.

Councillor Ntsodo was pleased to see that the winter holiday programme at the library draws many children.

‘The programmes offered at Kuyasa are fun, and while they are meant to keep the youth busy with positive activities, they have learning at heart. Art, crafts and storytelling may seem run-of-the-mill, but these activities develop motor skills, encourage creativity, and stimulate listening abilities.

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