By Sthabiso Mdledle and Melusi Mahlaba: A community library campaign to clean up the space where the municipality is going to place the park home library, this campaign was supported by the community and the municipality.
Lindelani Youth Forum (LYF) in partnership with the Democracy Development Program (DDP) and Africa Unite (AU), conducted a community conflict mediation to assist the eThekwini municipality in building a library for the INK Creative Arts Centre earlier this year.
According to the founder and Chairperson of LYF, a youth development organization that is based in Ntuzuma at Lindelani Township Melusi Mahlaba, their organization planned this initiative where they had to clear a space for the municipality to build a temporary library whilst they prepare for a bigger library.
Mahlaba said that during their first meeting with the ward councillor, the community raised a number of issues.
“One of these was the absence of a library in the community, pupils had to travel to town for a library.
After the hard work and persistence of the LYF, ward Cllr. ward committee and members of the community, the municipality was forced to at least create a park home library for the community since the year 2018 has begun and the schools have opened.
Once again the students and learners will be in need of this facility”, said Mahlaba.
He added that the municipality has delivered the park-home library at the centre and that they are now waiting for the official launch of the library.