Bad state of the recently opened Phokwane library

PHOKWANE – Hardly a year after Phokwane Library outside Jane Furse was opened, users in the area have expressed dissatisfaction and disappointment over its current state.

The facility’s users complain that the state of the library which was officially opened by former Limpopo Arts, Culture and Sports MEC, Onica Moloi was fast deteriorating.

According to users a number of meetings that sought to intervene in the improvement of the bad state of the library bore not fruits.

Residents said they even established an interim advocacy group to help address challenges faced at the library but the local municipality, Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality showed no interest.

Nicolas Mashilangoako, a resident and member of the advocacy group, said several attempts to meet the local municipality over the bad state of the facility failed.

Mashilangoako said grounds of the library were at a state of total neglect and access to water was a serious challenge.

“A borehole was recently installed at the library but it is still of no use because there is no water supply at the library. If one forgets to bring with them drinking water, they are in trouble. We can’t even use the toilets because of the problem,” said Mashilangoako.

He added that sometimes there was no electricity at the facility as ESKOM cut supply there due to nonpayment.

“The librarian here is doing an excellent job. It is just sad to see that people who are dedicated to their work were not given the necessary support. The conditions they are expected to work under are just not conducive,” said Mashilangoako.

He further said that the facility was supposed to be one of those cared for as it would contribute to the development of people in the area.

“Something needs to be done to help the situation at the library. We need to see the local municipality extending a helping hand for the library to be in a better state,” concluded Mashilangoako.

Lemson Moropiane, Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality Spokesperson, said they would investigate and revert back to the paper.

Thapelo Motseo

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