Arts MEC unveils numerous projects

2016-08-11 06:00
MEC of Art and Culture, Bongiwe Sithole­-Moloi, outlines the new projects at Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre.               PHOTO: precious Gumede

MEC of Art and Culture, Bongiwe Sithole­-Moloi, outlines the new projects at Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre. PHOTO: precious Gumede

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THE KZN MEC of Arts and Culture­, Bongiwe Sithole- Moloi­, unveiled a number of projects that are to start within Ugu District Municipality.

They include the construction of a library in Vulamehlo, the extension and refurbishing of Port Shepstone Library and buidling a maritime museum.

“We know that libraries can change lives, improve pass rates and provide research facilities for our communities. Information is power and we are here to deliver this power to you,” she said.

The Hibiscus Coast Municipality has 11 libraries, which has to serve over 250 000 people, and the MEC said there is a need for a “mega” library.

“It is for this reason that the old Port Shepstone Library is being extended to a three-storey building at a cost of R67 million. This is to enable our services to cater for local and surrounding area communities.”

The maritime museum, next to Kapenta­ Bay Hotel, is being rebuilt at a cost of R17 million because it is small and the building is dilapidated, resulting in some items being destroyed.

“The new building will have enough space for the existing collection and exhibitions. Additional facilities, such as an amphitheatre, will be used to host schools. The museum project will be completed in March 2017,” she said.

Vulamehlo and Umzumbe municipalities are also getting new libraries.

“Vulamehlo Library is under construction - the project is valued at R28 million and will be completed before the end of the current financial year,” said Sithole-Moloi.

She said the Mzumbe project will cost R25 million.

The projects will generate job opportunities in the construction sector as well as train young people.

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