by Kingsol Chabalala MPL – DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture
Despite the Evaton North Library officially opening in September 2017 by the Gauteng Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture (SRAC), the library is closed to the public.
During an oversight visit to the library, it was visible that the Emfuleni Local Municipality had failed to take ownership of this library as they are mandated to do. The facility is starting to become overgrown with weeds and grass.
It was also revealed that employees of the municipality have been removing furniture from the Library.
The Emfuleni Municipality was given funding by the Gauteng Department of SRAC in the fourth quarter of the 2017/18 financial year to ensure that this library is fully functional and accessible, yet it appears that there is a lack of political will from the ANC-led municipality to fulfil this mandate.
Residents of Evaton North have to travel a far distance to make use of library services which would not be the case if this newly built facility was operational.
The ANC deployed former member of the Gauteng Legislature, Jacob Khawe to turn around the dire state of affairs in Emfuleni that ensued from the tenure of former Mayor, Simon Mofokeng.
It has become apparent that under the ANC in Emfuleni, service delivery and implementation of projects remain a problematic issue.
The DA will question the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Paul Mashatile to ascertain why Emfuleni has not opened this library and where the funds allocated to this project have gone.
Libraries play a vital role in ensuring residents have access to reading and learning material, as well as the internet.
Emfuleni’s neighbour, Midvaal, which is DA-run has extended library hours and ensures the complete functionality of all its libraries, including up to date books and access to WiFi.
This is the total change that a DA administration would bring to the residents of Emfuleni, change that improves the lives of our people through greater access to information and internet connectivity.