Online library launched at Winnie Mandela

Attendants pose with their prizes for answering quiz questions correctly.

Residents can register to become library cardholders to take advantage of Mzansi Libraries Online (MLO).

The MLO project was launched in Germiston on September 19 and the event was crossed over live to two other libraries, namely Tsakane and Winnie Mandela libraries.

National Libraries of South Africa’s keynote speaker of the day, Mandla Buthelezi, said in a live broadcast that the Mzansi Libraries Online project was one of the outreach programmes of National Libraries of South Africa in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture and library services in the nine provinces.

“The project aims to strengthen and enhance public libraries in the country through access to information via existing, new and alternative technologies, services and spaces,” said Buthelezi.

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Many library users came to witness the project launch at Winnie Mandela Library.

Winnie Mandela Library assistant Rebuelletsoe Molefe said the service would be of great use to the community as library users could access library services at their own convenience and in the comfort of their homes.

“National Libraries of South Africa has provided Winnie Mandela Library with 12 upgraded computers and five tablets. These will help students and the community to complete job applications online and enable students to utilise the lending out service on eBooks. Using their usual library cards they will be able to access library material online even during weekends and public holidays,” said Molefe.

MMC Dorah Mlambo seen on a projector screen.

“I want to thank the community of Winnie Mandela. I urge them to support the project because it is for the benefit of their children and the community at large. We are here to assist the community to operate the system of Mzansi Libraries Online. We encourage all community members to subscribe to our services and become cardholders so they can benefit from these opportunities,” Molefe added.

Community developer Sello Malebana said the project was a good initiative that would take the youth from one level to another by equipping them with the necessary information.

“I believe this project will bring a lot more opportunities for the youth. Young people will run out of excuses to stay home and do nothing. We need to pass the message to people who couldn’t attend the launch so that the initiative becomes known,” said Malebana.

Mandla Buthelezi speaking at the Mzansi Libraries online event.

Jantji Ngwenyama

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