Led by the MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Molebatsi Bopape and the Executive Mayor for Westonaria, Cllr Tundzi officially opened a library in Venterspost on 28 October 2014. The library is located two kilometers away from Venterspost Primary School and has cost R5.6 million. Through this initiative, a community without access to a library, was now given the opportunity to have free access to information.
During construction the contractor used five local sub-contractors and jobs were created for sixteen local males and four females. Through the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) grant, a Librarian, three half day Library Assistants and a general Worker were appointed. They resumed duties on 1 August 2014 and the library, to the value of R 6 000 000.00, was opened to the public on 1 September 2014.
Residents came in their numbers to celebrate this special occasion. MMC for Community Services Councillor Annah Gela urged the community should take advantage of the facility for their own benefit. “It is through education and utilizing such facilities that one can become informed and educated”. This is one of the many keys we need in making a better life for ourselves and add on to our country’s
development, says Gela.
Meanwhile, Westonaria Local Municipality Executive Mayor Nonkoliso Tundzi shares the same sentiments with Gela and says that residents also need to directly benefit from this project. “We want to see this facility contribute towards improving the matric pass rate and improve the access to information as a whole.
The library provides the following services free computer and internet access, adult study facility, reference material, a toddler corner, children fiction and non-fiction, teenage fiction and non-fiction, adult fiction and non-fiction, holiday programs, story hours, photocopier facility and a activity room.
With less than two days to go before this year’s matric exams, learners in Westonaria enjoyed being with Westonaria Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr. Nonkoliso Tundzi, who spread good cheer and words of inspiration for what is undoubtedly a defining moment in thousands of youngsters’ lives. The Mayor hosted an exam prayer-lunch session for the Grade 12, Class of 2014 at Westonaria Banquet
Hall, on Saturday 18 October 2014.
The purpose of the session was to pray, to wish Matric learners well for the forthcoming matric exams and encourage them. Learners were bussed from all high schools to attend this event believed it will add impetus in improving the levels of readiness and confidence amongst learners. With all the support that you get from government, the community and your parents or guardian is an indication that there are people who care and wish you success” said Executive Mayor, Cllr. Nonkoliso Tundzi.
The Mayor urged learners to work and continue to revise with the same focus and dedication. “Go out there, answer all the questions well and pass excellently”, she said.
“You will be faced with question papers which need your thinking and understanding. We call upon you to motivate yourself and work hard and persevere the four weeks of examination. Finally I am hopeful that this prayer lunch session including your dedication will bear fruits. With no disruptions in learning and teaching in our schools in the area, this year we are confident that the 2014 matric class will do us proud
and surpass the percentage rate we had last year”, concludes the Mayor.
The moral collapse of society threatens the enjoyment of the rights enshrined in the constitution, thus making it obligatory that all citizens , government and private sector to join hands and respond to the call to fights this moral decay.
Westonaria has been in the spotlight mostly relating to all sorts of social ills. It is for this reason that Council in partnership with Regional and Provincial Department launched Moral Regeneration Movement structure on 26 September 2014 at Simunye Multi -Purpose Centre. The event was attended by about 200 community members.
The structure is made up of fifteen committee members from different civic structures and will be responsible for revive moral fibre and the principle of Ubuntu within the society. It will also strive to provide a platform for cultural, religious and linguistic communities to collaborate in addressing social ills that threaten the broader community’s value system and norms.
The structure will collaborate with other stakeholders to end moral decay, co-ordinate programmes and coming up with solution
“We need to change our attitude for the better because crime, such as rape and murders, recorded is mostly committed by the male gender. It is about time that we regain our stand in society and be the protectors that we once were known as,” said Speaker for Westonaria Local Municipality, Councilor Smuts Monoane.
Councilor Monoane reminded attendance that irrespective of our diverse differences, we have similar and common shared values.
He emphasized that it is very important to remind South Africans of the importance of positive values and the responsibility of creating moral communities, to ensure lasting democracy, peace and prosperity in Africa.