SA’s new digital libraries


May 12 th, 2015

Pretoria - The SA National Library, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will provide 27 public libraries with free and trusted Internet connections. The project will be launched in all nine provinces, and will cost about R32m. According to Rejoice Mabudfhasi, Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, the project objective is to extend people’s access to digital resources in SA. The initiative allows citizens easier access to information, and will help them to fully participate in the country’s development. Each of these new libraries will get R470,000 of appliances such as computers, digital tablets, digital players, scanners and a game room. Technology will help promote the culture of reading, the Deputy Minister concluded.



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