Qumbu Library has been renovated. PHOTO: PROVIDED
Industry officials from Impala Platinum Mine and OR Tambo District Municipality (OTRDM) have launched a library in the local municipality of Mhlontlo in Qumbu, to support learners and community members who wish to access information.
The librarian, Siphe Magwentshu, said that ORTDM has a partnership with the mining industry, which started around 2007. He said that they have a community return program, with the aim of supporting its workers, since most of them come from these regions. rural areas.
“We then asked them to support us in developing these libraries and that journey started in 2008. They had refurbished libraries in Port St Johns, Lusikisiki and Flagstaff,” Magwentshu said.
He added that they have now renovated the Qumbu library and donated computers and library furniture. He said this facility was just a white elephant, so they took it and turned it into a library.
He added that there were other offices on the premises, in addition to the library.
Magwentshu added that this library will bring a positive change to the community in this region.
“It would be easy for our learners to do research now because they have a facility with all the equipment. Impala Rustenburg Managing Director (CEO) Mark Munroe said that as a company that provides employment in their mines to members of this community and others in the Eastern Cape, they are committed to elevation projects.
“We view this initiative – and the partnership with local government and the Department of Sports, Recreational Arts and Culture (DSRAC) – as an opportunity to invest in the lives of the Mthatha community and secure a better future. to the people of Qumbu. We are honored to be able to invest in this joint project, which has the potential to bring about meaningful change,” said Munroe.
He added that at Impala they believe in the power of working together, and it is through partnerships like this that they could have real impact beyond the borders of their Rustenburg operations.
“Improving literacy and numeracy is essential to enabling children to develop to their full potential and contribute to the future of our country as fulfilled and participating young people.”
He said through this investment, Impala aims to cultivate a culture of reading in the community.
“Reading improves vocabulary, builds self-confidence, supports the development of critical thinking, and inspires creativity and self-expression. It is also a healthy source of entertainment for people of all ages. Additionally, libraries provide children with a quiet and safe place to study and do their homework, and allow job seekers to access facilities to update their CVs and apply for jobs online.