Mangosuthu University of Technolgy Enactus launched their flagship project, the Phumelela Resource Centre, to promote a culture of learning in the KwaCeza community in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Monday, July 13.
This was revealed through a needs analysis conducted by MUT Enactus, which is a non-profit organisation bringing together student, academic and business leaders committed to improving lives through entrepreneurial action.
The project started in 2013 after the group visited 34 wards in the area which has 22 primary schools, 11 high schools and one special school.
The survey revealed that schools in the KwaCeza area did not have proper library facilities.
According to MUT Enactus publi relations officer Sanele Cebekhulu, various stakeholders had collaborated to create the resource centre, including the MUT library and ICT department, Ulundi municipality and Education Library Information and Technology Service (ELITS).
For example, Cebekhulu said the MUT, KwaDukuza and Tongaat libraries had donated books and 15 computers.
“To date, we’ve received sponsorship to the value of R300 000 and the Ulundi municipality was instrumental in helping us acquire the building that is now used as a resource centre.”
ELITS and the municipality would be directly responsible for the day-to-day management of the centre, said Cebekhulu.
“We hope it will bring about transformation and promote the culture of learning among pupils.”