Engineering company Hytec launched its fifth Mandela Day library with a brand-new library, filled with exciting books – fiction and non-fiction – at Kaalfontein Primary School in Midrand, Gauteng, on 23 October 2019.

The library is one of the many libraries donated to schools across South Africa as part of the Nelson Mandela School Library project, and its launch was attended by Lilian Suteka of the Department of Basic Education.

Hytec South Africa is a leading hydraulics solutions provider. The books were donated by Rotary International and children’s book publisher Qualibooks.

Kaalfontein Primary School principal Emmanuel Mohale welcomed Hytec, representatives from Mandela Library Projects, Suteka and officials from the Soul City Institute for Social Justice to the launch.


The school’s 2 100 learners, from Grade R to Grade 7, will benefit from the library, which will open their minds to the world and unlimited possibilities, he said.

Soul City’s Nelisiwe Hlope encouraged the children to use the opportunities offered by the library to augment their reading and learning programmes.

The excitement was tangible when actress and philanthropist Hlubi Mboya Arnold encouraged the children to stand up, dream big and believe in themselves. In May this year Mboya Arnold was appointed a non-executive director of Participate for Good’s Mandela Education Programme.

The Mandela Education Programme guarantees each of its beneficiary schools constant access to books donated by Rotary International.

Hytec South Africa’s general manager, Mike Harrison, thanked the school’s teachers and pupils for the opportunity given to Hytec to make a difference in young lives through giving them the tools – books – to take the steps towards their future success.