EXCITED residents of Lehae near Lenasia, south of Joburg witnessed the opening of the long-awaited library in their kasi on Thursday morning, 25 May.
The launch came nearly eight years later, after the City of Joburg promised to open the R23 million Lehae Library.
Construction on the library started in 2015 and it was due to open in 2018, but back and forth between the city and the Johannesburg Development Agency led to delays in its opening.
All that was history as the city and the department launched the new, state-of-the-art library.
WATCH: The Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Cllr Kabelo Gwamanda, has arrived to cut the ribbon #OpeningLehaeLibrary #JoburgLibraries #KnowYourJoburg ^GZ https://t.co/oN9QXFTrI8 pic.twitter.com/1zDRA222ap— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) May 25, 2023
Among those present were City of Joburg Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda, acting executive mayor Eunice Mcina, executive director of community development Vincent Campbell, ward councillor and council whip Nkosephayo Zungu alongside member of the mayoral committee for community development, Lubabalo Magwentshu.
At the opening of the library, Zungu said he was pleased that their efforts had finally yielded positive results.
Zungu also paid tribute to the five-security guards who have spent years ensuring that the facility was maintained until it can finally be opened.
Meanwhile, Magwentshu praised the facility as state-of-the-art and urged residents to always take care of the facility now that it is in their hands.
Mcina praised the facility, which also has access to Wi-Fi, and hoped that this is a place where residents can come together to learn, research and grow together.