‘Green’ library worth R13 million opened at KwaNdwalane

2011-05-17 00:00

THE Department of Sport and Culture officially launched a R13 million library at KwaNdwalane, near Port Shepstone, on Friday.

The MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Weziwe Thusi, said the “green” library is a long- term investment and it is hoped that it will bring about an improvement in school results and help to fight illiteracy.

Other dignitaries at the launch were Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu and Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo.

The library has energy-efficient air-conditioners and lights that are driven by motion sensors so they will switch on when a person enters the area.

Rainwater is harvested and stored in an underground tank and pumped to tanks by means of a wind-powered pump, with the water being used in the toilets. Drinking water from the taps comes from the municipality.

There is a mezzanine floor for studying purposes that overlooks the library. The area can be closed off from the main library with its own after-hours entrance to allow for study at critical periods.

There is also a toy library for children with custom-designed furniture and toys for story-telling, educational videos and an outside patio for play.

The library will have a gaming centre with Wii facilities in the group activities room.

Other facilities are a free Internet service for the public, a “cybercadet” to train subscribers in ICT skills, a regularly updated collection of tertiary institute textbooks for distance learners and a special project collection of books for school pupils, especially chosen to meet curriculum needs.

Speaking at the opening, Thusi said KwaZulu-Natal is one of the provinces that are lacking in terms of infrastructure development, and the government is on a rolling campaign to ensure that the backlogs are reversed.

She added that libraries are bridging the gaps between rural and former Model C schools.

The MECs proceeded to Umzumbe, where Mchunu and Dhlomo handed over a bridge and a road, and a clinic respectively.

Said Dhlomo, “In November 2009 the lower South Coast and Port Shepstone area was hit by a flash flood. During this flood, a pupil crossing the stream on her way to school was swept away by the flood waters and drowned.”

The KZN Transport Department visited the area where the tragedy occurred. A low-level causeway and access road to the causeway were required to prevent further deaths and injury and to ensure the safety of the community, particularly of pupils.

The project falls under the Umzumbe Municipality in inkosi Shinga’s area in the Ndelu Traditional Council.

It serves the Ndelu community, Mabuthela High School, Deke ­Primary School and Ndelu mobile clinic.

The project cost R1,8 million.

The last project to be handed over was the Gqayinyanga Clinic, which cost R16 million.

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