[29-03-2016] Marry Mantso (70) is the 1960 Sharpeville shooting survivor she joined other residents of Sharpeville to witness the launch for the Mzansi Online Project that tookpalce at Nkadimeng Leutsoa Library.
Today Sharpeville people will receive free internet services, wi-fi, the library has now been equipped with the kid’s computer game room and extra ipads donated by Bill and Melinda gates foundation.
Nkgono Mantso is a passionate library user for years known by her community for encouraging her peers to be active members of their community library.
Nkadimeng Leutsoa library is transforming to become a modern library, no more only hard copy books now you can enjoy reading and download E-books at the Sharpeville library.
Mantso leads a group of local senior citizens who visit the library daily to do story telling for the young kids as part of preserving African family tradition.
“EMFULENI COMMUNITIES DONT BURN YOUR LIBRARY, AS THE MUNICIPALITY WE MAKE A CALL TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNNITY TO PROTECT YOUR COMMUNITY LIBRARY.
Libraries preserves our collective heritage about our past the present and the future for generations to come.
We respect your right to protest for your service delivery however do it in dignity; respect the rule of law, never commit to any form of damage to either private or the public properties urged Tshabalala. ”
Councillor Eric Tshabalala a members of the mayoral committee for SRACLIS received a copy of the Truth Reconciliation Commission report from the Gauteng department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation for access to the Emfuleni Local Municipality library users.
To mark the official launch for the Mzansi Online global libraries an unveiling of the plague ceremony was done by the councillor Tshabalala, Deborah Jacobs of the Bill and Melinda foundation, and Tiisetso Motloung chief operations officer at Gauteng Department of Sports Arts Culture and Recreation.
The event took place on Tuesday 29th March 2016 as part of the National Library Month.
Sharpeville library is the third beneficiary of the Mzansi online library project joining the Suurman at Tshwane and Wedela at Merafong Municipalities all based in Gauteng province.
The project was made possible by the Bill and Melinda gates foundation with investment estimated at value of four hundreds and seventy thousands rand.
Nkadimeng Leutsoa library was specifically chosen because of its history, it is named after Nkadimeng Leutsoa who was a prolific writer of several Sesotho books and the first person in the Vaal region to advice municipalities to build community library for the black communities he is also a stalwart in the fight against apartheid.
Mzansi online is a South African project is meant to provide free Internet access targeting the under privileged communities sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.
This initiative has been approved as a two year pilot project in SA hosted by the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) and the Department of Arts and Culture (DAS).
Speaking on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation Deborah Jacobs said, “We are living in an age where the economy, education, health and social opportunities depend on access to the Internet.
This new initiative to modernise the library services has helped people to access more information, Deborah continued to say that the survey they conducted show that 85% of people using their local libraries have reported that the information received has improved their health.
By: Hilda Mohlominyane and Thabiso Radebe