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Ekurhuleni libraries deserve a caring administration

Ekurhuleni libraries deserve a caring administration

As the country celebrated library week last week, residents of Ekurhuleni had very little to celebrate as libraries remain in an appalling state and uncared for. This is evident in the lack of updated reading material and reliable Wi-Fi connectivity. Libraries in Ekurhuleni continue to fail in offering adequate services to a wider audience because

As the country celebrated library week last week, residents of Ekurhuleni had very little to celebrate as libraries remain in an appalling state and uncared for. This is evident in the lack of updated reading material and reliable Wi-Fi connectivity.

Libraries in Ekurhuleni continue to fail in offering adequate services to a wider audience because of shortened library hours. The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Ekurhuleni finds it disappointing that libraries across the City close at 16:30 on weekdays and 13:00 on weekends.

It is for this reason that the DA proposes that all libraries in Ekurhuleni should be open until 18:00 on weekdays. The DA further proposes that 10 libraries in the city be identified to open until 21:00 on weekdays and 17:00 on Saturdays.

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Not only are the library hours not conducive for students, the internet is fast becoming a necessity for our residents, but our libraries fail to offer quality services in that regard. In theory, the libraries should have Wi-Fi accessibility, yet this is not the case throughout Ekurhuleni.

The DA believes that libraries in Ekurhuleni need serious intervention. It is the view of the party that the current state of libraries is a major contributor to the city experiencing a decline in active libraries users.

Libraries should have Wi-Fi accessibility, yet this is not the case throughout Ekurhuleni.

According to statistics, a majority of libraries in the city have experienced a decline in active users between 2016 and 2017, this is concerning as libraries in Ekurhuleni are missing their mandate of being at the heart of communities.

The DA will continue to call on the MMC for Community Services, Cllr Dorah Mlambo, to prioritise on ensuring that library hours are extended to ensure a wider access to the public.

The DA will work towards ensuring that services offered by libraries are delivered to the public.