NU 14 library opens again

The Mdantsane library in NU 14 officially reopened its doors amid fanfare last Friday after stormwater damage forced the closure of the premises in February.

The library has been operational since November 1. Department of sport, recreation and culture (Dsrac) MEC Bulelwa Tunyiswa said libraries must be open to everyone as reading contributed to everyone’s wellbeing.

“It’s opened in time to host the holiday programme held annually for pupils to continue learning during their school holidays,” Tunyiswa said.

PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION: Siphokazi Macibi, who is completely blind, demonstrates how a specialised computer for the blind works while MEC Bulelwa Tunyiswa and BCM council speaker Alfred Mtsi look on Picture: SUPPLIED

The library boasts services such computers with internet access, book clubs, reference books and a mini library for the visually impaired.

The day was also to raise awareness about International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day that is observed annually on December 3.

Tunyiswa said the day was about understanding disability issues, the rights of persons with disabilities and what all spheres of our communities stand to gain by integrating persons with disabilities into communities.

“The department took a decision for our libraries to be accessible also to person with disabilities and work with the Special Programme Unit, as this is their right,” she said

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