PUPILS and teachers at Umsilinga Primary School were all smiles when they officially opened their new library on Tuesday.The project was sponsored by HBZ Bank Limited, who saw that the school had a classroom that was meant to be turned into a library but that it did not have any books. HBZ Bank Limited Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Zafar Khan said this is one of the company’s initiatives where they go to different schools around the country and try to assist where they can. He said their main focus is on disadvantaged communities, saying they go to institutions to see what services that they can provide them with to uplift the community.Khan said that, so far, they have assisted 10 schools across the country with libraries.“Here in Pietermaritzburg this is the fourth school we have helped. The school already had the infrastructure so we provided them with 5 000 books, and desks and chairs for the pupils. “This is just the beginning, there is a lot we can do for the community in the future.“Book sponsorship is an ongoing project and every now and then you get new books and new topics so we will definitely keep it up and try and update them with the latest editions,” he said. School principal Shovashni Essa told Echo that the bank had visited the school two years ago and they saw that they did not have any equipment to operate the library. “We did not think they would come back and assist us two years after their visit. We are very grateful to them. “The library is going to be a great help to pupils as it will assist them to do their research projects and it will increase their literacy level.“We all know that in our country the literacy level is very low, so we are very encouraged and motivated. “We want to thank HBZ Bank Limited for their donation,” she said.