Both Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum and the Hector Peterson Library in are not operating since the apparent theft of electric cables last Friday (11 October).This has a great impact on the community, especially on Grade 12 learners who are preparing for their final examinations starting next Wednesday (23 October).When City Vision visited the area this week, staff of both facilities were seen idly sitting outside.Those interested to study in preparing for their upcoming examinations were turned away from the library.Miranda Mlonyeni, a part-time human resources student at Boland College, could not hide her disappointment when she learnt about the problem.“This is very bad. I had told myself that I would spend the entire day studying. This library is the closest to my home and is right her in my community,” she said.“Our exams are around the corner; as someone who works, I need to study whenever I get free time. This is really disappointing to learn about this electricity failure.”Librarian Mzukisi Njambatwa, said they have been unable to work since arriving at work to find the building in the dark last week.“The cables have been stolen from our neighbouring building, which has also affected us badly. So we are in no position to open for the public as we can’t operate efficiently without electricity,” he said.Njambatwa added that it is the first time this year that cable theft had left them unable to do their jobs.“In past cases it would be computers that are down after a break-in, but now everything is dark. The community needs to work together to protect not only the library but also the museum, clinic and schools as these institutions serve basic services to the community,” said Najambatwa.He said the attack on these institutions had a negative impact in the long run, that will cause poverty to persist.Masa Soko, manager at the museum, said all museum staff could perform their daily tasks and had to sit around and wait for tourists to arrive.“This period in our calendar is not busy in terms of tourism. The biggest negative is we can’t prepare presentations for our learner programmes,” she explained.“On Wednesday we are supposed to be visited by a local school to practically learn about indigenous medical plants.”Soko said the most busy times in terms of tourists at the museum is January and June.“The community needs to take pride in these institutions as they are there to serve them,” she said. “Now learners have to spend money to go to Somerset West Library, although they have a library in their area; that is really bad.”She believes vandalism is derailing the community at large and repairs are extremely costly.