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2017-12-06 06:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Arts and Culture Bongiwe Sithole-Molo together with Maphumulo Municipality mayor Zibuyisele Khuzwayo-Dlamini and officials from iLembe District officially opened a state of the art Maphumulo Library at a handover ceremony on Tuesday, November 21.

The project which cost R20 million is strategically placed near schools to largely benefit young people, the community and the residents of surrounding areas.

The Maphumulo area until recently was the only local municipality without a library.

Speaking at the official handover Sithole–Moloi said the department considers libraries a strategic infrastructure project which is in line with the KZN provincial growth and development strategy.

“As the department we will now be officially handing over the day to day running of this library to the municipality. This facility is not only for pupils but the community at large will benefit. It has internet access and a gaming area for children under the age of 11 and we say to the Maphumulo community it does not mean that you have to be at school to access the library. People can also get information on job opportunities so we appeal to people to come and receive information as it has been brought closer to them,” said Sithole-Moloi.

The MEC and officials were taken on a walkabout at the state of the art facility before addressing a packed Sabuyazi Sport Field.

In her address mayor of Maphumulo Zibuyisele Khuzwayo-Dlamini echoed what the MEC had said and thanked the provincial Department of Arts and Culture for their meaningful contribution to making the project a success.

“This is a great opportunity for Maphumulo and a it’s a first of its kind for the area and we are happy that the provincial Department of Arts and Culture has built us this state of the art library which shows that our government cares for its people,” said Khuzwayo-Dlamini.

The mayor further shed some light on statistics as the new library services about 700 people a week and close to 300 people have gained access to free internet.

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