R300m on new National Library

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16 Jul 2008

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr Z Pallo Jordan will unveil the new home for the National Library of South Africa on 01 August 2008, in Pretoria.

R300-million was spent on the new building which will seat 1 300 users at any one time.

Significantly, the 33 000m² is 10 times more than the existing library.

Also, its 14 700m² of storage space will preserve the quality of the reading material, including newspapers dating back to the late 1800s.

In fact, the climate control of 18°C and 50% humidity within the storage space will prevent deterioration of books.

This building was designed as a joint venture between Jeremie Malan Architects, Impendulo Architects and Gandhi Maseko Architects and implemented by the Department of Public Works.

Journalists are invited to attend. Kindly RSVP Ms. Mpho Matjele at 012 441 3489 or 082 902 7238 to arrange for accreditation.

Date: 1 August 2008

Venue: National Library of South Africa 228 Proes Street, Pretoria

Time: 10:00

RSVP: Ms Mpho Matjele at 012 441 3489 or 082 902 7238

Media enquiries: Mack Lewele Communications Director at 082 45050 76 or 012 441 30 83 or Sandile Memela, Spokesperson for the Ministry at 082 800 3750.

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