North West Premier Professor Job Mokgoro on Tuesday opened the Ramatlabama Six-Hundred Dual Purpose Library as part of efforts to instill a culture of reading in citizens.
Speaking at the opening of the library, the Premier said citizens can overcome socio-economic challenges through education.
Mokgoro, said the opening of the library in the village is a reminder of President Nelson Mandela’s statement that education is the most powerful weapon one can use to change the world.
“Books in their own nature, are packed with knowledge, life lessons, advice and most importantly, insights into a new world, a new life. Books have been around since time immemorial and without them, the knowledge we have of the past and our forebears, their cultures and traditions would have been virtually impossible and non-existent,” said the Premier.
The Premier who was accompanied by MEC for Culture Arts and Traditional Affairs Ontlametse Mochware and Leader of Batloung Baga Shole, Kgosi Shole said the provincial government is proud to have made the facility available for future generations.
Mokgoro however urged residents to look after the new infrastructure.
“We need to jealously guard against the destruction of important community properties such as a library.”
“Government is doing everything in its power to change the lives of our people and we need to unite and work together in this regard. Let’s find democratic ways of raising our grievances,” he stressed.