Celebrating Mandela Day is a standing tradition at NWU LIS, and this year was no exception. The three campus libraries commemorated Mandela Day in different ways in reaching out to nearby communities.
Mafikeng Library donated school shoes at Masutlhe 1 Primary School
Mafikeng library commemorated Mandela Day by buying 10 new pairs of school shoes for selected children at Masutlhe 1 Primary School. The idea of buying shoes came about when the NWU LIS offered all three of its campuses R1000 for Mandela Day activities. Mr Siviwe Bangani, 2018 Librarian of the Year (LoY) topped the amount given to Mafikeng Campus with R1000 from the LoY award. A primary school was identified with the assistance of Dr Lefenya-Motshegare from the NWU Law Faculty, wife of the chief of the Masutlhe Village, Kgosi Motshegare. The primary school is at Masutlhe 1 – a remote village outside Mafikeng. The school identified 10 children who would benefit greatly from this initiative and provided the shoe sizes of the children. Dr Lefenya-Motshegare also bought a complete school uniform out of her own pocket for a child who lost all his clothes after his house burned a few days before the Mandela Day.
The handing out of the shoes was done in a ceremony organised at the primary school by the royal house to celebrate Mandela Day. This event was a true reflection of the legacy and life lessons of Tata Nelson Mandela. The spirit of ubuntu, selflessness, giving, and promoting educational values espoused by Tata Mandela were at play. There were presentations by speakers from various critical government entities creating an awareness of the issues that affect the community and the services that are available, as well as locations and contact numbers of places of help. The Department of Health, SAPS, NWU Community Law Clinic, Department of Economic Development, NWU LIS and the community were all represented. Councillor T Motshabi who represents the community in Local Government also attended. It is through initiatives such as these that the NWU LIS is reaching out to communities and demonstrating that librarians are indeed agents of positive social change.
Potchefstroom library decided Charity begins at home
Potchefstroom LIS staff members celebrated a very successful Mandela Day by reaching out to the Campus Protection Services with the theme: Charity begins at home. Protection Services is one of our main stakeholders as they take care of us on a daily basis by providing protection to both our assets and ourselves. The staff are always willing and friendly to assist when needed. They are working night shifts and long hours in the cold. The LIS donated gloves, scarves and beanies to keep them warm – all items reflected a message that the Library cares (picture). Donated items were received by Mr Des Ayob, Director of Protection Services and some of his senior staff members. Mr Ayob conveyed his appreciation and gratitude. He mentioned that it’s the first time that colleagues of the NWU reach out to Protection Services in this manner. It was a privilege for library staff to be involved in this project – it gave us an opportunity to give back to the people who are serving us.
Vanderbijlpark reached out to Kopanong Hospital
Vanderbijlpark library staff decided to reach out to the Outpatient Department and Ithemba Section at Kopanong Hospital in Vereeniging. Staff members worked together and prepared lunch bags containing sandwiches and fruit. More than 100 lunch boxes were distributed amongst waiting patients and their family. The patients were very thrilled and thankful for the food, the majority of them indicated that they were there for many hours – not being able nor having anything to eat. The library staff felt afterwards that it was a fulfilling experience to reach out and to make a difference, especially in the lives of vulnerable people.