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Dr Graham Dominy Department of Arts and Culture. Presentation to Select Committee on Education and Recreation 16 September 2009. The Community Libraries Grants. Outline of Presentation. Government Mandate Need for Transformation of the sector Conditional Grant Projects

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Dr Graham Dominy

Department of Arts and Culture

Presentation to

Select Committee on Education and


16 September 2009

The Community Libraries Grants

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Outline of Presentation

  • Government Mandate

  • Need for Transformation of the sector

  • Conditional Grant Projects

  • Major Challenges

  • Conclusion

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Government Mandate

  • Equity

  • Rural development

  • Socio – economic development

  • Service delivery

  • Skills development and capacity building

  • Policy development

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Need for Transformation of the sector

  • Unfunded mandate at local government

  • Decline of service delivery

  • Raise public awareness

  • Disparities in service provision

  • Social cohesion

  • Capacity Building

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Conditional Grants Projects

  • Purpose:

  • To transform urban and rural community library infrastructure, facilities and services (primarily targeting previously disadvantaged communities) through a recapitalised programme at provincial level in support of local government

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Outcome statements

  • Improved coordination and collaboration between national, provincial and local

  • Transformed and equitable LIS delivered to all rural and urban communities

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Outcomes continued……

  • Improved library infrastructure and services that reflect the specific needs of communities it serves

  • Improved staff capacity at urban and rural libraries to approximately respond to community needs

  • Improved culture of reading

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Key outputs

  • Community library governance structures established

  • Library materials purchased

  • ICT infrastructure and systems upgraded

  • Services for the visually impaired introduced at community libraries

  • New libraries structures built

  • Additional staff appointed

  • Monitoring and evaluation

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Expenditure for 2009/2010 1st Quarter – (Apr ‘09 – June ’09)

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Treasury Imposed Conditions

  • This funding is not a replacement funding for provinces

  • Provinces remain accountable for funds transferred to municipalities

  • Monitoring and evaluation at municipal level

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DAC Provincial M & E

  • Appointed three provincial coordinators

  • Each responsible for 3 provinces

  • WC, NC, EC

  • KZN, GP and NW

  • LP, FS and MP

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Infrastructure achievements in 08/09

  • The upgrading of Zuurbekom library completed

  • A new library established in Kwaggafontein, MP

  • A new library at Hekpoort, Mogale City completed

  • Upgrading of Krugersdorp library completed

  • A new library established at Mkhuhlu, Bushbuckridge

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Infrastructure achievements in 08/09

  • A new library established at Kamaqhekeza, Nkomazi Municipality

  • A new library established at Morgenzon in Gert Sibande Region

  • Morokweng community library completed

  • 5 mobile book trolleys sites established in WC

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Infrastructure Projects for 09/10

  • Mpumalanga - Tweefontein (Thembisile Municipality)

  • North West - Lebaleng (Maquasi Hills Municipality)

  • Limpopo – Still busy with Thulamela and Fetakgomo libraries.

  • Eastern Cape - Mt Ayliff (Alfred Nzo District) and Mdantsane (Buffalo City)

  • KZN – Mbazwana (Umhlabuyalingana)

  • Gauteng – Vischkuil (Lesedi)

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Achievements : National

  • Focused attention on visually impaired – DAISY project ( provinces working with SA Library for the Blind)

  • Republication of African Literature Classics

  • National architectural student competition to design a model library completed

  • Library Transformation Charter – public consultations completed

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Investigation into training ……..

  • Purpose:

  • To establish the state of formalprovision of education and training by institutions of higher learning

  • Report on continuing professional development and workplace learning opportunities

  • Assess the needs of employers v/s provision of training

  • Service provider appointed

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DAC Funded ProjectsNorms and standards legislation

  • Address schedule 5 issues

  • Set minimum norms and standards

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Investigation into Braille Production

  • Purpose:

  • To streamline the production of Braille and establish user and potential user needs.

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Transformation Charter

  • Briefing to MINMEC, 24 July 2009

  • Briefing to Portfolio Committee

  • Briefing to Select Committee for education and recreation


  • LIASA 2009 AGM

  • Submission to Cabinet

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Major Challenges

  • Staff turn-over v/s skills shortages

  • Schedule 5 Problems – SLA’s

  • SCM issues

  • Infrastructure related problems – tenders; Public Works and maintenance

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NCLIS vision –“Towards the best informed nation”