Ivory Park gets revamped library

Ralegoma MS

The newly revamped Lord Khanyile library established in 1996 has been handed over to the community of Ivory Park. The library, refurbished at a cost of R1.5 million, with the renovations which include improvements to the ablution facilities, painting of the perimeter fence, tiling of the floors and provision of parking facilities is now fully electrified with a 3M security system installed. The library, which is mainly used by pupils and students, is expected to see an increase in the numbers of those who visit it. Prior to the renovation, the library had attracted 36 000 visits and 1 989 books were used.

The refurbishment of this library is the latest in a string of libraries that have been revamped over the past two years. They include Emndeni, Lenasia, Diepsloot, Orange Farm, Diepkloof Zone 1, Jabavu, Yeoville and Sandton libraries. The refurbishment of the library will now afford the communities of Rabie Ridge and Ivory Park a choice as to which facility to use for reading and studying. This initiative is part of the ANC government`s commitment of extending the distribution of community libraries, including upgrading of existing libraries with new materials, information and communication infrastructure and internet access, and more and more of this kind of initiative will continue so as to eliminate disparities in the distribution of resources especially in poor communities.

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