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Mpumalanga Provincial Library Service

The Library Service launched a three-year public library computerization project called Building
Electronic Bridges (BEB) during 2002. The Carnegie Corporation of New York funds the R5 million
project. The aim of the project is to provide all 134 public libraries and library service points in
Mpumalanga with basic computer equipment. This will enable them to have electronic access to the
Provincial catalogue as well as to the Internet. During the first phase of the project 34 libraries received
their equipment and software. Library workers also received training in the use of basic software
applications. The second phase is well underway with another 39 libraries to receive their equipment
during 2003. With the BEB project public libraries will be able to add value to the information services
they are currently rendering to the public through access to electronic information and inter-library
loans.

The growth, development and improvement of public library services also received a R16 million boost
with funds appropriated by the Provincial Government. R10 million was used for the purchasing of new
library books. Public librarians were given the opportunity to select the books on behalf of their
communities. Preference was given to the purchase of reference and other non-fiction books. R3
million was allocated for the building of two new libraries. The building projects were started in the
Maphotla and Daggakraal.

R2.5 million is used to upgrade, renovate and secure existing library facilities at 11 different
Municipalities. An additional amount of R500 000 will be used during 2003 for the purchase library
furniture.
The above initiatives are creating a lot of excitement and are also contributing to lift the morale of
public library workers. It has already been reported that library users are commenting and experiencing
the benefits of it all.

Mpumalanga Provincial Geographical Names Committee (MPGNC)

The MPGNC is the body that was appointed by the MEC for Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture
(DSRAC) in terms of Section 2(2) of the South African Geographical Names Council Act No.118 of
1998.

The main functions of the MPGNC are to facilitate and ensue standardisation of the geographical
names; it is also responsible for the facilitation and setting up guidelines of name changes in the
Province. This is to reaffirm traditional culture and heritage, which is an important factor in the
expression of the Provincial identity. In order to implement the above, the MPGNC has identified three
focus areas, which are Publicity and awareness, review of names and research.

In the current financial year, the MPGNC has been engaged in extensive consultative processes with
the stakeholders in the Province. And has also been able to establish two (Local Geographical Names
Committees) LGNC’s at Ehlanzeni and Nkangala Regions, and currently in the process of establishing
a committee in the Eastvaal Region as well.
A number of applications on name changes and review have been submitted to the MPGNC, public
hearings were conducted, and those proposed names are now with the SAGNC for the Minister’s
approval.

For the next financial year, the focus of the MPGNC will be mass mobilisation for the purposes of
awareness, distribution and retrieval of application forms for review and research committees.


                                  For more information contact :
          Mpumalanga Department of Sport , Recreation, Arts and Culture:Communications Section @
               Tel: 013 766 5014/6/8, Fax 013 76655 75/6, e-mail address shmpat@nel.mpu.gov.za

				
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