The City of Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor, Cllr Mzwandile Masina, has urged the community of Brakpan to utilise and protect its new library.
The mayor officially opened the Brakpan Library on Wednesday, 14 March. The library, built to the tune of about R14m, is staffed with a control librarian, assistant librarian and seven other officials. It boasts about 77 000 books and just over 3 600 audiovisual materials.
"We have noted the new trend that when there are community protests, the first thing people do is to target the very infrastructure that we have spent millions of your Rands to build. We want to say the library is yours, and please protect it," he said.
"Community libraries are the special contribution to our general commitment to make education fashionable," he said.
A library serves as a resource of preserving the knowledge by documenting the stories and life experiences of the people over successive generations. It connects the new generation with those that came before them through common memories. This enables the youth to interface with human dynamics of olden days.
Executive Mayor commended the youth from Tsakane that were said to have started to use the library to source information about the history of their township.
The Brakpan Library started from humble beginnings in around 1920. In 1922 a municipal office was converted into library. It was only accessible to the municipal employees and councillors. The public was not allowed to use it. It was turned into a public library in 1922.