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Region G libraries Print E-mail
13 February 2007

Region G has nine libraries. Besides offering normal library services, most of them are also involved in a wide variety of activities directed at different groups. The following projects are run on an ongoing basis:

Early childhood development

There is a City reading programme aimed at nursery and pre-school readers.

Primary school learners

There are two projects targeting primary school learners - Battle of the Books (first language learners) and Story Skirmish (second language learners). All nine libraries in the region are involved in two citywide book quiz competitions and try to encourage schools from the area to participate in the competition. The competitions start with library rounds within the region before progressing to elimination rounds between the different regions. They conclude with a final.

School pupils

School library capacitation involves training volunteers at the region's various libraries, after which they assist their own schools in setting-up a school library. The project is aimed at job creation and skills development for young people and gives pupils an opportunity to work as school librarians. The pupil librarians are paid by the schools' governing bodies.

Street children

The Siyafunda Project was initiated to target the problems and challenges faced by street children in the Lenasia area. The aim is to empower them through educational means. The programme was launched to coincide with a visit by the City's executive mayor and focuses on four major areas: literacy classes are conducted daily by trained library literacy co-ordinators; there are crime and drug awareness sessions with the South African Police Service; basic needs are addressed and parcels for feeding schemes and blankets are sponsored by various businesses; finally the project looks at employment, with a car wash at the Lenasia Civic Centre giving the children the opportunity to earn an income.


Abet classes and adult literacy classes are held at the Lenasia, Ennerdale and Orange Farm libraries on a regular basis with trained literacy co-ordinators.

Senior citizens and the disabled

Craft and reading sessions are held monthly, at which participants are taught various skills such as fabric painting, decoupage and candle making.

Reading picnics

Reading picnics are held at various libraries to encourage reading in a fun and exciting way. The picnics take place at a variety of venues, such as in the park, at the pool and even on the train, in conjunction with Metro Rail.

Toy library

A toy library has been set up with the Down's Syndrome Association to encourage learning and to promote inclusion within the community.

Science and technology events

A number of science and technology programmes and fairs are held at various libraries.

Literacy Carnival

An annual 5km fun walk is held to promote reading and literacy. The event attracts about 800 to 1 000 participants and concludes with a variety programme featuring poetry recitals, dance and speeches.

Special programmes and events

Readathon, Heritage Day and Aids Awareness programmes are held at various libraries.

Reading sessions

Reading sessions are held at all the libraries and with various schools.

Library: Eldorado Park Ext 2 Library, Erf 3592
Address: J.D Opperman Centre, 3592 Sneeuberg Street, Eldorado Park Ext 2
Tel No: 011 342 2653
Contact person: Liz Tune
Library: Eldorado Park Ext 5 Library, Erf 4044
Address: Community Centre, 4044 Link Crescent, Eldorado Park Ext 5
Tel No: 011 342 1144
Contact person: Nsiki Cynthia Mkhize
Library: Ennerdale Ext 1 Library, Erf 1376
Address: Civic Centre, 1376 Achilles Street, Ennerdale Ext 1
Tel No: 011 211 0023
Contact person: Lizzy Themba
Library: Ennerdale Ext 9 Library, Erf 5590
Address: Cnr Katz Street & Louw Street, Ennerdale Ext 9
Tel No: 011 213 0059
Contact person: David Raolane
Library: Lenasia Ext 1 Library, Erf 2641
Address: Civic Centre, 2641, Cnr Rose Eve & Eland Street, Lenasia Ext 1
Tel No: 011 852 2606
Contact person: Suzan Masitenyane
Library: Lenasia Ext 3 Library, Erf 4015
Address: Recreation Centre, 4015 Salvia Street, Lenasia Ext 3
Tel No: 011 852 1309
Contact person: Razina Gaffoor
Library: Lenasia South Library, Erf
Address: Community Centre, Cnr. Wimbledon Street & Wellington Street, Lenasia South
Tel No: 011 855 0378
Contact person: Bawinile Shongwe
Library: Orange Farm Library, Erf 15746
Address: Stand 15746 Orange Farm Ext 4
Tel No: 011 850 0258
Contact person: Queen Mhlongo
Library: Poortjie Library, Erf 737
Address: Community Centre, Stand 737, Kuibeta Street, Poortjie
Tel No: 011 850 0293
Contact person: Suzan Ngwenya
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Last Updated on 08 January 2013