CENTRAL LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION VIEWING COMMENDED
By: Nomvula Ndlovu
To improve the level of literacy in the City, eThekwini Municipality launched it exhibition container library at Gugu Dlamini Park on Wednesday.
The Municipality is currently constructing a Central Library worth R497m which will serve not only as a hub of information, but a space for social cohesion where members of the public can interact and share ideas.
While the library is still under construction, the municipality put into place two container libraries at Gugu Dlamini Park that will be of good use to the public.
Head of Libraries Tebogo Mzizi said these containers will serve as an educational platform to the people of eThekwini.
“Even though it is a container, it will serve a purpose. It is all about information and accessing educative information to the public,” said Mzizi.
Learners from Hunt Road Secondary School shared their view on what they as learners expect the library to incorporate.
Hunt Road learner representative Mlamuli Shangase expressed his enthusiasm about the highly anticipated library.
He added, “The library is our bank, it is where we collect our knowledge. The only way to overcome any academic obstacle is through knowledge”.
The people of Durban will be given a platform to share their ideas on the facilities they want the library to offer.
“Over the past years, we did not include the public in our plans and at times that worked against us. However, today is one of the many steps we are taking together with the people of eThekwini to make our city a smart city,” said Head of Parks, Recreation & Culture Sthembiso Ngcobo.
He went on to say that libraries are crucial, the only way to keep them going and far more enjoyable is to offer a variety of services that interest the public.
Mzizi concluded that the first Central library will be launched in 2019 and promised the public that it will offer services of the best caliber.