19 September 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

R800 000 library for Matlwang’s Jane Letsapa Primary School

by: Simon Moreetsi   date: 29 june 2018

Kenneth
Kaunda District Municipality, Barei Segotso, officially opened a
Matlwang Dual Purpose Library at the Jane Letsapa Primary School at
Matlwang village in the JB Marks Local Municipality. The event was attended by different dignitaries
including the Committee of the Barolong ba Modiboa, which has been
running the village since the land was officially retuned to them in 1996 through the process of land restiturion.
District Mayor Segotso thanked the Matlwang community, school principal, teachers and the Committee of Barolong ba Modiboa tribe for the warm welcome.
She said the construction of the library started as a result of a partnership between the Department of Culture, Arts
and Traditional Affairs (Cata), JB Marks Local Municipality and Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality.
“We urge you to make use of the library meant to serve both pupils and community.
Be jealous of it, don’t destroy it with stones and fire,” she urged residents of Matlwang.
Cata used R800 000 from the department’s 2016/17 financial year budget to
build the library. It has about 1115 books
on its shelves, a photocopy machine and
two computers and more are going to be provided at a later stage.
The JB Marks Local Municipality will make sure that the library is provided with
newspapers on a daily basis. The library will be provided with security services 24
hours a day, seven days a week for the
safety of this institution.
Mayor Segotso announced that the public WIFI will be made available for the
Matlwang community to enable them to
access information on the internet. “It is important for us to read. The good
thing about education is that it remains forever in our mind,” said Segotso.
Chairperson of the Communal Property
Association, Thomas Matshidiso, said they would make sure that the library is
used and remains in a good condition.
“As Barolong ba Modiboa, we really
appreciate being blessed with this beautifull
library. It will give a moral boost to our people to dream of becoming future
leaders,” Matshidiso said.
JB Marks Local Municipality’s Librarian Senior Assistant, Mosiako Molekane,
had this to say: “It’s really a significant
idea to have a library here in Matlwang because it will not only help pupils of
Jane Letsapa Primary School but the community at large. Interested community
members will be registered or given a chance to use the facility, but access time will be planned in such a way that it

would be suitable for both pupils and the
community”.
Ward 27 Councillor, Mohaisa Mothopeng,
said the vicinity of the library would help pupils and the community to access
information and expand their knowledge. “As a Ward Councillor, I will make it my
priority to encourage the community at every public meeting I would convene to make use of the library, and they will
be reminded to visit the library at least
once or twice a week to train their minds,” Mothopeng said. Principal of the Jane Letsapa Primary
School, Nosimanga Nzimande, said the school has been waiting about three to four years for the library.
“We knew that once the library is officially opened, it will help our pupils, especially
those studying at the secondary school and community members with their homework and research.
“I am happy the library will be guarded for 24 hours and that means the school
can save money that was supposed to pay security company so it can be used elsewhere. We will encourage pupils to
comply with the library time table so they get used to the process of engaging in
reading, and teachers will also help them access information through the use of a computer,” said Nzimande.
Secondary school learners said they would utilize the library to make copies,
assignments, research and studying for
exams.
“In the past years we had to travel to town or township libraries just to access
information or use data which is expensive.
Now we are having a library in our neighbourhood and that’s awesome. It
will help us to improve our Maths and
English, opening up new opportunities
for us to get assistance from librarians to
learn how to use computers,” Nzimande
said.