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Reading Rooms will assist learners in Uitsig and Belhar

by City of Cape Town
on 20 Apr 2009
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

Councillor Dan Plato, Mayoral Committee Member for Service Delivery and Integration in the Office of the Executive Mayor and Ward Councillor (Ward 22) together with Councillor Glen Kleinsmith, Chairperson for the Bellville Sub-Council, officially opened two Reading Rooms in Uitsig and Belhar on Friday, 17 April.


Councillor Plato was motivated to provide these facilities by the realisation that the nearest public library to Uitsig was three kilometres away and that learners had to walk long distances to get there.

Councillor Plato said: "I am totally overwhelmed by the completion of these two exciting projects in Uitsig and Belhar. I believe that by giving our young people skills to empower themselves, they will become agents of their own destiny."

The facilities were funded by ward allocations for 2007/2008 and 2008/2009.

The Reading Rooms are 20×5 m2 buildings and can accommodate 40 learners at a time. They are dependent on book donations. There are currently 10 computers per facility and, if all goes well, this will be increased to 20 by the end of the year.

Councillor Plato added: "It is hoped that these facilities will further improve literacy in the community. It is critical that we encourage a culture of reading as there are still many who cannot read and write".

The computers are not linked to the internet as yet but will, at a later stage, enable learners to conduct internet research for their assignments and projects.

END

MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 232/ 2009
20 APRIL 2009


ISSUED BY:
LISLE BROWN, MEDIA LIAISON OFFICER
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 3065 CELL: 084 888 1901

MEDIA QUERIES:
COUNCILLOR DAN PLATO
MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: SERVICE DELIVERY AND INTEGRATION IN THE OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR
TEL: 021 400 1207/2119 CELL: 076 832 5505


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