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Shot in the arm for Byo Public Library

18 Aug 2014

Dailynews-Bulawayo Public Library  last week received a donation of books worth more than $8 000 from mining giant Zimbabwe Platinum Mines (Zimplats).

The donation comes at a time when the library is facing closure owing to financial constraints.

The library, which was established in 1896 with a mandate of promoting a reading culture among young people, needs at least $1 million to revamp and resume normal operations.

Speaking to the Daily News during the donation, chief librarian Letsani Ndlovu said the donation will go a long way in assisting Bulawayo readers.

“We did not have books that were relevant to the local syllabi as we were only receiving books from overseas, but now our readers can be well-prepared because the books are in line with the Zimsec syllabus,’’ Ndlovu said.

The librarian said the donation would also go a long way in boosting member subscriptions as more people would be attracted to the library.

“The more members we have, the more guaranteed would our survival.

“The economic situation has also affected us and we depend on the $5 subscriptions from members. We are barely surviving and depend on donors such as Zimplats,” Ndlovu added.

Busi Chindove, Zimplats head of corporate affairs urged other companies to assist the library.

“As Zimplats, we are pleased to be offering some assistance to this very important institution. It is our hope that the materials we are donating to the library will ensure that the facility remains relevant to the community,” she said.

“While there is more reading material that the library still needs, we felt that our small gesture goes a long way towards alleviating the many challenges facing the institution and that this will also encourage other companies to come to the assistance of this important institution,” Chindove added.

Bulawayo mayor Martin Moyo, who was guest of honour at the handover ceremony, also expressed gratitude towards Zimplats’ remarkable social responsibility.