Mandela Day Libraries – News
The morning of 25 April 2013 started in a frenzy at Mahlodumela Lower Primary School in Limpopo, with the arrival of two bakkie-loads and a trailer full of boxes containing books for the 26th Mandela Day container library.
On 10 April 2013, Sibusiso Vilane, the first African to reach the summit of Everest, and Hlubi Moya of Isidingo kicked off the opening of the 25th Mandela Day container library at Opperman’s Kraal Primary School in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal.
On 22 February 2013 learners, parents and teachers gathered at Montshiwa Primary School to celebrate the official opening of the 24th container library, a brightly coloured library unit that was painted to reflect the colours of the South African flag.
On 30 January 2013 the 23rd Mandela Day container library was opened at Linge Junior Secondary School in Nyanga, the Western Cape. The library was sponsored by Irish Distillers, a company based in Dublin.
Thursday 6 December marked the opening of the 22nd Mandela Day container library, at Amandla Primary School in eMalahleni (formerly Witbank), Mpumalanga.
Friday 30 November marked the opening of the 21st Mandela Day Container Library at Kebinelang Middle School in Manthe village (near Hartswater), in the North West province, five hours west of Johannesburg.
Wednesday, 7 November 2012 saw the opening of the 19th Mandela Day Container Library at the Mitchell Heights Primary School in Mitchells Plain near Cape Town.
The library was sponsored by Tata Steel Limited (a company in India), and one of their executives flew out from Calcutta especially for the occasion.
The first basic librarian training for the Mandela Day Container Library Initiative kicked off on Tuesday, 2 October 2012 in Johannesburg.
Friday, 7 September marked the opening of the fourth Mandela Day container library of 2012, at Lulekani Primary School in the rural community of Lulekani, near Phalaborwa, Limpopo province.
The 16th Mandela Day container library (the third one of 2012) was opened at Parkdene Primary School in Kraaifontein, Western Cape, on 6 September 2012.