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Durban to get modern R497m library

2012-08-31 19:01

Durban - Durban is set to get a state-of-the-art library that will cost R497m, the eThekwini municipality announced on Friday.

Municipal spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng said the eThekwini council had approved the construction of the library in Durban's central business district, next to the Workshop shopping complex.

The council voted in favour of the library on Thursday.

Democratic Alliance leader Tex Collins said his party had supported the resolution for a new library.

Collins said funding had been obtained from the Carnegie Foundation. The provincial government was also likely to contribute to the cost.

ANC councillor Stanley Xulu said: "Our aim is to ensure that each ward within the municipality has a library, depending on the budget".

Comments
  • fussed.anderson - 2012-08-31 19:10

    Your libarys can be found on the side of the road

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-08-31 19:17

    Seems a bit excessive.

      sachasea - 2012-09-01 00:08

      Leonardb1, how do you know the poor will never visit this library? I regularly go to the Central Library in Cape Town and it's always full of people. I can't see this one in Durban being any different. I'd rather our tax money get spent on a project like this than on useless bloody soccer stadiums that stand empty 90% of the time. At least this will contribute to social upliftment and go some way towards raising the standard of education of our people.

  • Chris - 2012-08-31 19:26

    How will the books be delivered , school books have a poor delivery record .Books and libraries are so important to develop people

  • narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-08-31 19:40

    If there are no tender kickbacks and/or other corruption and mismanagement, I would say this is money well spent

  • Pete7930 - 2012-08-31 19:52

    Good luck to that. No wonder petrols on the up!

      allison.steedman - 2012-09-01 11:02

      What has the price of petrol got to do with government spending? I think you should be first in line to use the library as you need some help with basic economics.

  • Pete7930 - 2012-08-31 19:54

  • george.pito - 2012-08-31 19:59

    Bet somebody is going to cash in on this one. Cannot think of the use of a library anymore. My kids in university and school and everything in libraries are outdated or of littel or no help.

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-08-31 20:03

    Is it clever spending that amount of money on a library when more and more pupils and students are using the internet for reading and research? I detect a big white elephant on the rise ...

  • Neal Sing - 2012-08-31 20:13

    it will be burnt down by next week

  • zamikhaya.bobozayo - 2012-08-31 20:50

    Since 2009 KZN has been getting the better deals than other provinces. The 1st ladies church was built, her house will have a town few kilometres away, all the big tenders go to the Zuma family and friends now its a library. There are places that don't have libraries, small towns that need renovation but no they want to build new things in KZN because the president is from there

      tw2066 - 2012-08-31 22:40

      Yeah, Durban KZN also got stoopid street names, a useless Mayor, a corrupt council, an airport on the Mozambique border, a sewerage infested beach, one racist corrupt ex city manager, one useless current city manager, litter everywhere, law breaking - so called - METRO police - but actually just a bunch of ...... anyway - alot of racist SA police, a corrupt hawks boss, a crime infested hole for a city..... AND YOU ARE COMPLAINING!!!!!

  • gijs.dubbeld - 2012-08-31 20:57

    Great news. and long overdue, the present facilities are hopelessly overcrowded and cramped. I remember similar plans for a central library being turned down some 25 yrs ago with the result that things got worse and worse.

  • wade.terblanche - 2012-08-31 21:26

    Its alright, I have google.

  • sachasea - 2012-09-01 00:04

    I don't get it. People make a great big Hullabaloo about the masses being uneducated and then when something is being done to help educate them people complain that it costs too much. Come on what will it be? Money spent on educating people or leave them to remain uneducated? Simple choices.

  • Rashida Patel - 2012-09-01 06:17

    Can't understand the logic of building new libraries. Rather spend money on schools and hospitals

      allison.steedman - 2012-09-01 11:09

      Let's make this simple because you are evidently in need of education and the services of this library. Government, as in business, have budgets for each department. Compare to a company with a sales dept, marketing dept, call center etc and each department at the beginning of the financial year has a budget to spend. In government it would be departments of education, housing, transport, arts and culture. So, there is a budget for the library which does NOT affect housings budget. Budgets are not transferable from one department to another - that would be considered poor corporate governance. Just as building a library does not affect the price of petrol which is based on international oil prices, it does not affect the housing departments budget.

  • tw2066 - 2012-09-01 07:10

    APPARENTLY STATING THE FACT THAT IT IS A DANGEROUS AREA TO CRUISE AROUND IN - THAT BEING AT THE WORKSHOR IS OFFENSIVE?? NEWS 24, YOU HAVE A SERIOUS CENSORSHIP ISSUE - SERIOUS!! LAST WEEK YOU ALLOWED RACIST COMMENTS GOING ONE WAY BUT NOT THE OTHER, DESPITE REPORTED COMMENTS, BUT DELETE INFORMATIVE COMMENTS. WHATS THE STORY MR MODERATOR - OR ARE YOU GOING TO IGNORE THIS AS YOU DID MY MAIL TO YOU AND MY PREVIOUS COMMENT ON THIS ISSUE, OR OR OR - ARE YOU GOING TO DELETE THIS COMMENT TOO???

      allison.steedman - 2012-09-01 11:11

      I live in Umhlanga and have no problem going into town - it is not nearly as bad as people make out. It is nowhere near as bad as JHB but not quite as good as cape town - I have friends (all races) who work in town and it really is not a big deal. I am sure the library will be used by all races and will be well received.

  • jacques.swanepoel.372 - 2012-09-03 20:28

    Leave the library ang Google it!!

  • ron.bilyard - 2012-11-13 12:19

    All well and good but R497m?

  • Val Poisson Jordaan - 2014-08-19 16:54

    I hope after spending all that money the books will be kept in the CORRECT ALPHABETICAL ORDER. I was member of the Pinetown library for years, but finding books became more and difficult as there was NOCOMPREHENDABLE order and after sending an e mail of complaint to PUB. I gave up and use my tables to read.

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