1billion rand for libraries in SA
(l-r) Deborah Jacobs, Director of the Global Libraries Projects, Monica Newton, Deputy Director, DAC, Rachel More, Acting National Librarian and Ms Ellen Tise Chairperson of the NLSA Board
18 March 2014
The Department of Arts and Culture for SA (DAC) announced a 1billion rand budget for libraries in celebration of National Library Week (17-22 March) and 20 years of Freedom and Democracy.
The announcement was made at the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) in Tshwane during the launch of the NLSA/Gates Foundation Global Libraries Launch. A R32 million grant was received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Libraries Fund. The two year pilot project will strengthen libraries through new technologies and training in ICT. 27 libraries in all the provinces of South Africa will benefit from hardware including computers, e-readers, tablets and software.
Speaking at the launch Ms Deborah Jacobs, Director of the Global Libraries Projects said she always looked forward to visiting South Africa. She complimented the government on the priority they have placed on “Improving the quality of life through information”.
Jacobs as well as other speakers including Ms. Ujala Satgoor, President of the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA), Ms Ellen Tise Chairperson of the NLSA Board and Rachel More, Acting National Librarian emphasized the invaluable role the library played in the development of a normalising society like South Africa. Present at the event was Prof MD Rocky Ralebipi-Simela, designate National Librarian who will be taking up her new position in two months’ time.