Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha on Tuesday donated more than 300 literature books to Groblersdal Library. Mathabatha says the initiative is to promote reading and literacy in schools. The government is investing lots of resources in the Early Childhood Development Centres.

The Premier has also revealed that some of the books are his collection while he was still in exile, and when he came out of exile, he continued to read more about struggle and liberation.

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“These are history, mathematics, economics, social and developmental books I acquired since 1976 when I became actively involved in the struggle for the liberation of our country,” he said.

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha on Tuesday donated more than 300 literature books to Groblersdal Library.
Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha

LIMPOPO PREMIER STANLEY MATHABATHA

“My sincere wish is to positively influence the character of our youth towards development-oriented in any field. Economically, broader social transformation and culture of reading.

“According to the Department of Education, illiteracy levels are higher in females (10.7%) than men (9.3%). Females continue to miss out on opportunities to participate fully in society,” Premier Mathabatha said in Sekhukhune.

The Premier also revealed that he read the bible from the book of Genesis up to the book of Revelation during his struggle time while he was in jail.

Books donated by Premier Stanley Mathabatha

WHY THE GROBLERSDAL LIBRARY

Mathabatha also explained why he chose the Groblersdal Library specifically.

“Spontaneously, I just took a decision after visiting this library yesterday. I told myself that I didn’t see what I wanted to see in this library but I got what I wanted to see in my back room. I also believe there are so many people who would also want to see that in a library.

“Then I met the manager and we discussed. She was so friendly and open to me. We discussed and agreed that I am going to donate books here. The kind of books that I am donating are what you call heritage books of our struggle for liberation,” explained Mathabatha.