Book donation improves life in prison

19 February 2020

For a second time, the Tshwane University of Technology’s eMalahleni Campus Library has donated a large number of books and journals to Paxton Correctional Services in eMalahleni following the weeding of the current stock in the library. The campus opted to improve the lives of inmates by donating the 644 books and 2 794 journals, rather than destroying them.

According to Jacomi Castro, Head of Library Services at the Campus, a book is like a best friend who will never walk away from you. She explained the importance of books, saying they give us insight into stories and lives we otherwise wouldn't be able to experience, they can bring communities together and access to books can improve the circumstances of people no matter where they are.

Forster Shiviti, Divisional Head of Education at the prison, commended the Campus for its generous donation and highlighted the impact it has had on inmates. “Life in prison can be challenging for inmates and we encourage them to use their time productively through reading and engaging in further studies. The Department therefore participates in a number programs aimed at promoting reading among the inmates. One of these is called the National Funda Mzansi programme.” 

Prison Librarian, Paulinah Mnguni, added; “This donation will greatly assist in making resources available to inmates. With a number of inmates currently busy improving their qualifications, initiatives like this bring hope and give them motivation. We hope that this donation will open doors for future initiatives and possibly a partnership with the university.” 

Contact person for more information: Jacomi Castro, Head of Library Services, eMalahleni Campus: Office hours: +27 13 653 3116.

From left Forster Shiviti, Sandile Mthethwa, eMalahleni Library and Paulinah Mnguni

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