Gauteng Premier David Makhura, on Wednesday 13 March 2019, officially opened a R25m state of the art public library in Randfontein, West of Johannesburg.
The public facility will go a long way in easing the congestion currently being experienced at the old library and will serve communities of Randfontein with much needed services including free Wi-Fi, an online centre, kids and toddler area, a study centre, computer lab and workstations designed to cater for the blind and visually impaired.
Addressing residents, Premier, Makhura said he hopes the library will mean more than just a study centre for children in the area.
“This facility should be more than a centre for learning but a hub for human interaction. It will provide opportunities to find jobs, to explore various research and experience new ideas”, said Premier Makhura.
The Premier also urged the community to care for the library.
“Libraries are a sacred space of information and should never be destroyed. They should be cared for and used responsibly by all. With this facility, we are richer than before,” he said.
Makhura said the provincial government has built 285 new community libraries since 1994, 21 of which were delivered in the past five (5) years.
Also in attendance to receive the facility on behalf of the community was Rand West Municipality, Executive Mayor Mzi Khumalo who hailed the unveiling as a great success as the facility will ease pressure at the old library.
Built by the Department of Infrastructure Development on behalf of Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, the construction of the Randfontein Community Library began in January 2018 and was completed in December 2018 without any hiccups or protest from the community.
Department of Infrastructure Development, MEC Jacob Mamabolo said a total of 69 labourers were employed during the construction of the facility.
“We are giving you a modern building which responds to extreme weather conditions that come with climate change. The building has been constructed to be energy efficient”, added Mamabolo.