A state-of-the-art library has been officially opened in Alice in the Eastern Cape in honour of liberation struggle stalwart Raymond Mhlaba. He was the first premier of the province between 1994 and 1997.

The multimillion-rand library also caters for visually impaired individuals.

As the world is moving into a digital space,  access to the internet plays a crucial role and its demand continues to increase. However, access to information is a challenge for underprivileged communities. This initiative is aimed at bridging the digital divide as Arts and Culture MEC Fezeka Nkomonye elaborates.

“We have connected 144 libraries with internet. We have launched last month a system of e-books where you read books online.”

Locals say they appreciate this gesture.

“This is a wonderful initiative that the government has done. Especially here in Alice, our kids are so happy, they get to learn and be exposed to things that happen around the world and in our country.”

“I am excited and happy it will help me a lot with my studies.”

The Eastern Cape government has vowed to continue improving the living conditions of its people.

“We committed when we started this program last year that we will reach out to the people and change people’s lives,” says Premier Oscar Mabuyane.

Government says it will rollout similar initiatives to other areas.

Struggle stalwart Raymond Mhlaba honoured through state-of-the-art library: