School gets library, books

2015-11-25 06:23
BOOKWORMERS: From the left are, front: Raymond Rhule (Free State Cheetahs player), Oboitshepo Manake, Tshepiso Nonyane, Trevor Nyakane (Springboks player), Thapelo Mosunkutu and Kealeboga Tsolo; back: Andrew Nyamane, Hilda Sephiri (principal) and Jos

BOOKWORMERS: From the left are, front: Raymond Rhule (Free State Cheetahs player), Oboitshepo Manake, Tshepiso Nonyane, Trevor Nyakane (Springboks player), Thapelo Mosunkutu and Kealeboga Tsolo; back: Andrew Nyamane, Hilda Sephiri (principal) and Jos

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JURIE ROUX, the chief executive officer of the South African Rugby Union (Saru), has urged learners at the Moipone Primary School to seize the opportunity and get educated.

Roux was speaking at the official handover and opening of a Boks For Books library at the Thaba Nchu based school in Selosesha on Wednesday (18/11).

The new fully equipped library, which is fitted with an air-conditioner, was donated by Saru as part of their social responsibility. It was the sixth library to be donated by the rugby union to schools in various provinces across the country.

“Education is one of major challenges that we are faced with in South Africa. While we reap the rewards of rugby on the pitch and everything that comes with it, we are not ignorant of what is the challenges that we have in this country,” said Roux.

“As Saru we are very proud to offer a library to this school and the community of Thaba Nchu. It is a privilege in our minds, given the fact that only 8 out of every 100 schools in our country have access to a library. We hope learners enjoy the privilege and reap all the rewards that come with it. Education is a cornerstone of success in life. The biggest part of that is literacy.

“We hope these kids will put the library to good use because this will go a long way in improving their knowledge and their lives,” he added.

Khoarai Khoarai, deputy director general in the Department of Education, said they were happy about what Saru has done to the Moipone Primary School.

“We always emphasise the fact that learners should read. Children spend most of their time watching television instead of reading.

“They also spend a large amount of time on their cellphones. That completely shifts their focus away from books. We hope this library will create a love for reading,” said Khoarai.

Thapelo Mosunkutu (12), a gr. 6 learner, told Express that he was happy that the school got a library eventually.

“I think this library will encourage all of us to study hard to pass. We will use it to do research about our school work as well as reading. From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank Saru for their wonderful gesture,” said Mosunkutu.

Hilda Sephiri, the principal of the school, thanked Saru for their donation of a library, books and television set.

“This gift we are receiving today will equip our learners with knowledge through reading. I believe if these kids could make reading a habit, they will become good leaders of tomorrow,” said Sephiri.


Education is a cornerstone of success in life. The biggest part of that is literacy. We hope these kids will put the library to good use because this will go a long way in improving their knowledge and their lives.X Jurie Roux

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