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2015-08-04 06:00
The Western Cape’s library service celebrated 60 years of existence last week. Here, from left, are library service director Nomaza Dingayo, provincial minister of cultural affairs and sport Anroux Marais, provincial minister of finance Dr Ivan Meyer

The Western Cape’s library service celebrated 60 years of existence last week. Here, from left, are library service director Nomaza Dingayo, provincial minister of cultural affairs and sport Anroux Marais, provincial minister of finance Dr Ivan Meyer

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The largest library service of its kind in Africa celebrated its 60th year of existence last week.

The Western Cape’s library service, run by the provincial department of cultural affairs and sport, was established in 1955 and at the time, still included the Northern and Eastern Cape provinces’ libraries.

Currently, it has 361 libraries, which consist of 292 public libraries, 42 mini-libraries and 27 depots. It services 1.2m people who are registered library users.

Nomaza Dingayo, director of the provincial library service, says the nature of their work is changing as we move into a time where digital media plays a bigger role in the distribution of books.

Dingayo says that the library service’s success demonstrates the healthy partnerships between the 25 municipalities in the province, the national department of arts and culture, the Library and Information Association of South Africa, the national library of South Africa and also the other provincial libraries in the country.

“We are transforming libraries into technological hubs where people can feel at home. Providing free broadband internet access and the plans to roll out Wi-Fi hotspots will change the lives of communities for the better,” says Dingayo.

Head of the provincial department of cultural affairs and sport Brent Walters says the library service has developed into what it is today because of the hard work of all staff members, past and present.

“The library service is standing on the shoulder of giants. Thank you to everyone who has contributed,” he says.

Anroux Marais, provincial minister of cultural affairs and sport, says libraries are very important in children’s education.

As part of the 60th anniversary celebrations, Marais unveiled new photos of all the directors of library services (past and present) last week and a specially made birthday cake was enjoyed.

The largest library service of its kind in Africa celebrated its 60th year of existence last week.

The Western Cape’s library service, run by the provincial department of cultural affairs and sport, was established in 1955 and at the time, still included the Northern and Eastern Cape provinces’ libraries.

Currently, it has 361 libraries, which consist of 292 public libraries, 42 mini-libraries and 27 depots. It services 1.2m people who are registered library users.

Nomaza Dingayo, director of the provincial library service, says the nature of their work is changing as we move into a time where digital media plays a bigger role in the distribution of books.

Dingayo says the library service’s success demonstrates the healthy partnerships between the 25 municipalities in the province, the national department of arts and culture, the Library and Information Association of South Africa, the national library of South Africa and also the other provincial libraries.

“We are transforming libraries into technological hubs where people can feel at home. Providing free broadband internet access and the plans to roll out Wi-Fi hotspots will change the lives of communities for the better,” says Dingayo.

Head of the provincial department of cultural affairs and sport Brent Walters says the library service has developed into what it is today because of the hard work of all staff members, past and present.

“The library service is standing on the shoulder of giants. Thank you to everyone who has contributed through their work,” he says.

Anroux Marais, provincial minister of cultural affairs and sport, says libraries are very important in children’s education.

“We must foster a love of reading for children and you are helping to do that through your work. Congratulations on 60 years of service excellence.” she says.

As part of the 60th anniversary celebrations, Marais unveiled new photos of all the directors of library services (past and present) last week and a specially made birthday cake was enjoyed.

The largest library service of its kind in Africa celebrated its 60th year of existence last week.

The Western Cape’s library service, run by the provincial department of cultural affairs and sport, was established in 1955 and at the time, still included the Northern and Eastern Cape provinces’ libraries.

Currently, it has 361 libraries, which consist of 292 public libraries, 42 mini-libraries and 27 depots. It services 1.2m people who are registered library users.

Nomaza Dingayo, director of the provincial library service, says the nature of their work is changing as we move into a time where digital media plays a bigger role in the distribution of books.

Dingayo says that the library service’s success demonstrates the healthy partnerships between the 25 municipalities in the province, the national department of arts and culture, the Library and Information Association of South Africa, the national library of South Africa and also the other provincial libraries in the country.

“We are transforming libraries into technological hubs where people can feel at home.

“Providing free broadband internet access and the plans to roll out Wi-Fi hotspots will change the lives of communities for the better,” says Dingayo.

Head of the provincial department of cultural affairs and sport Brent Walters says the library service has developed into what it is today because of the hard work of all staff members, past and present.

“The library service is standing on the shoulder of giants. Thank you to everyone who has contributed through their work,” he says.

Anroux Marais, provincial minister of cultural affairs and sport, says libraries are very important in children’s education.

“We must foster a love of reading for children and you are helping to do that through your work. Congratulations on 60 years of service excellence.” she says.

As part of the 60th anniversary celebrations, Marais unveiled new photos of all the directors of library services (past and present) last week and a specially made birthday cake was enjoyed.

The largest library service of its kind in Africa celebrated its 60th year of existence last week.

The Western Cape’s library service was established in 1955 and, at the time, included the Northern and Eastern Cape’s libraries.

Currently, it has 361 libraries, which consist of 292 public libraries, 42 mini-libraries and 27 depots. It services 1.2m people who are registered library users.

Nomaza Dingayo, director of the provincial library service, says the nature of their work is changing as digital media plays a bigger role in the distribution of books.

Dingayo says the library service’s success demonstrates the healthy partnerships between the 25 municipalities in the province, the national department of arts and culture, the Library and Information Association of South Africa, the national library and the other provincial libraries.

“We are transforming libraries into technological hubs. Providing free broadband internet access and the plans to roll out Wi-Fi hotspots will change the lives of communities for the better,” says Dingayo.

Head of the provincial department of cultural affairs and sport Brent Walters says the library service has developed into what it is today because of hard work.

As part of the 60th anniversary celebrations, Anroux Marais, provincial minister of cultural affairs and sport, unveiled new photos of all the directors of library services (past and present) last week

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