Arts and Culture MEC to hand over a school library

The Nelson Mandela Museum in partnership with the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) and the department of Education in the Eastern Cape will be handing over a school library at Asherville High School in Graff Reinet on the 31st of August 2021. The MEC for DSRAC Ms. Fezeka Nkomonye will officially open the library.

This forms part of the museum and the provincial government’s drive to deal with the library backlog in the Eastern Cape, but also to make everyday a Mandela day.

The province has a backlog of over 700 libraries and the Nelson Mandela Museum and the Arts and Culture Department have now converted a classroom in Asherville High School into a mini-library. Classroom conversions are seen as an effective way of not only dealing with the backlog, but to bring libraries closer to the learners.

DSRAC, the museum and National Library donated library furniture (tables and chairs, shelves) and books. Vodacom SA will be handing over five (5) laptops and rooters with 50G once off data on the day of the event.

The museum will further donate food parcels to fifteen (15) households in Graff Reinet as part of alleviating poverty in the area.

Date: 31st August 2021

Time: 12h00 – 15h00

Venues: Handing over at Asherville High School Between 12h00 and 12h30

              Formal Program: 12h30 to 15h00 at Collie Koeberg Sport Complex

RSVP: Fumanekile Wisani (NMM Communication Officer)


Contact Details: 047 501 9514 or 076 8429432

For media queries:

Nelson Mandela Senior Manager-Public Engagement and Marketing

Ms Nontlahla Tandwa

Tel:047-501 9500/072 791 3493



Spokesperson to the MEC

Ms Busisiwe Jemsana-Mantashe

Tel: 071 688 4204