Cape Town - SA Rugby on Wednesday launched
its seventh Boks for Books library, at the Walmer Primary School in Port
Elizabeth as its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme continues to
uplift communities through literacy country-wide.
The new library will mark the
second of its kind in the Eastern Cape, with the other being at the Gcobani
Higher Primary School in the Mdantsane Township, nestled between East London
and King William’s Town.
The launch of the library was
attended by SA Rugby Exco member Mr Francois Davids, and Springbok squad
members Lwazi Mvovo, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jesse Kriel, Steven Kitshoff and
The library is housed in a
specially-made mobile container and is fully stocked with books and audio
visual equipment including a television and computer, a Libwin library system,
and furniture, all of which has been funded in full by SA Rugby.
The school has a total of 1,414
learners from Grade R to Grade 7, and despite having no library up to now, the
school principal, Mrs Zukiswa Maku, has instituted a reading period to boost
literacy at the school.
“We are delighted to launch our
seventh Boks for Books library and the second one in the Eastern Cape at Walmer
Primary School,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.
“Our Boks for Books programme has
grown from strength to strength since its inception in 2013, and we are hope to
see it continue to make in-roads throughout the country.
“Literacy and education is
crucial to the future of our nation, and we hope that through this programme SA
Rugby can make a significant contribution to education in some of South
Africa’s needy communities.
“We hope to see some of the
learners benefiting from this programme follow in the footsteps of the
Springboks and our other national players by becoming true professionals in the
career path they chose to pursue in future.”
The Boks for Books initiative was
born out of a desire to make a difference in South Africa. Government
identified education as a No 1 national priority, and with only 8% of the
nation’s schools having functional libraries, SA Rugby opted to afford children
the opportunity to learn how to read.
Mrs Maku was delighted about the
opportunities the Boks for Books library offered the learners and the
surrounding community and said: “It is a dream come true and an achievement of
one of our goals which will enhance quality teaching and learning at our school.
“This will motivate leaners to
enquire knowledge and gain more reading skills. The exposure to this facility
will enable our learners to perform at their optimal level.
“On behalf of the school, staff,
parents and the entire community, we would to express our sincere gratitude to
SA Rugby and the Springboks for this great investment.”
SA Rugby’s six other Boks for Books libraries
are housed at the Gcobani Higher Primary School in Mdantsane, Kwamanzini
Primary School in the KwaNdengezi District in Pinetown, Sekwati Primary School
in Soweto, Groenheuwel Primary School in Paarl, JJ Rhode Primary School in Elsenburg,
Stellenbosch, and Moipone Primary School in Thaba‘Nchu, east of Bloemfontein. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Pieter-Steph du Toit and SA Rugby's Francois Davids at the Boks for Books launch in Walmer (Gallo Images)