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2017-05-24 06:00
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyileAt the signing of the renewal of the American Corner MOU are American Consul General Frances Chisholm (left) and Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo.

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyileAt the signing of the renewal of the American Corner MOU are American Consul General Frances Chisholm (left) and Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo.

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THE Pietermaritzburg public will continue to have access to the Bessie Head Library “American Corner” with the renewal of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the library and the American Embassy.

The partnership between the Msunduzi Bessie Head Library and the U.S. Consulate General in Durban will continue for another two years.

The American Corner was established in 2006 and has hosted numerous programmes including focus on youth engagement and society.

These programmes have been well received by diverse audiences ranging from students and non-governmental representatives to provincial and municipal officials.

Speaking at the official MOU signing, Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo said the partnership has been beneficial.

“This day marks another milestone of the good partnership between Msunduzi Municipality and the American Corner. The past two-year working relationship has been fruitful and we are here today to sign another agreement of commitment between us and the embassy.”

Njilo said the partnership has assisted the city in education and has created work experience opportunities in the form of internships for the youth.

“Skills like computer usage, customer care and the achieving of information using technology programs are some of what our youth have benefitted and they have paved a way towards securing opportunities in the work environment. I am certain this is the beginning of enhancing opportunities with the American states.”

United States Consul General Frances Chisholm said the 11-year partnership with the library grew out of the American space project.

“Since the opening of the American Corner in July 2006, thousands of South Africans have benefited from this wonderful partnership.

“The purpose of the American space programme is to promote a greater understanding and friendship between our two countries. The corner here at the library is a symbol of America’s long standing friendship, investment and partnership with South Africa and a reflection of South Africa’s warm hospitality.”

Chisholm said the corner will continue to support the quality Internet access for visitors.

“The digital age has challenged the way we think about knowledge and the young generation is demanding more and faster ways to access information.

“We are proud of the innovative and youth-friendly programmes we have carried out together,” she said.

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