Libraries belong to communities, says MEC

Libraries belong to communities, says MECLibraries are not government buildings, but community property, says Mpumalanga’s culture, sport and recreation MEC Norah Mahlangu-Mabena.

Mahlangu-Mabena was addressing the residents of Klarinet Extension 6 township outside Emalahleni during the handover of the new community library on March 20.

“The library belongs to all of you… You should jealously guard it against vandalism. You should refrain from the unfortunate tendency by other communities who see centres of service delivery as government property and not theirs. This kind of behaviour need to be condemned in strongest possible terms and be uprooted,” she said.

The MEC said the closer libraries are to community members the better.

“We are witnessing an important milestone into the lives of the Klarinet Community where they will cease to walk long distances to

access information,” she said.

MEC Mahlangu-Mabena said the library is well equipped with the latest titles suitable for both young and old users.

She said it also has Wi-Fi Internet connection as well as a children’s section complete with toys.

“When we see our people fully using it and becoming agents of education, without doubt it plays a pivotal role in human development by offering skills development programmes,” the MEC said.

Thabang Mandlazi, a pupil at Coronation Combined School, said the library will help them with school assignments.

“It is exciting to see a new library opening in our area. This means we will be getting all the knowledge we need at our doorsteps,” said Mandlazi.