With the number of people visiting libraries decreasing, uMngeni Municipality has been slowly enrolling new patrons. The municipality has also committed to ensure libraries are properly maintained in the next financial year starting in July.
The Mpophomeni Library is one of the libraries the municipality will be focusing on after it was broken into during the July unrest. About six computers were stolen.
The library has about 1 465 active members. A report that was tabled at a community services portfolio committee this week recommended that computers that were used by the librarians be made available for the public.
Ward councillor, Sthembiso Msibi said currently there are four computers at the library that the public is able to access. The municipality’s IT department has also started with necessary upgrades.
There are also plans to strengthen security at the library.
Msibi said there were also internet challenges at the library, but the department of Arts and Culture has appointed a service provider to provide internet and Wi-Fi to all libraries in KwaZulu-Natal.
Councillor Hazel Lake said the maintenance of the assets the municipality already has needs to be prioritised.
One of the residents in Mpophomeni, Thandeka Duma said they were hopeful the Wi-Fi will be available soon.