Tati Nickel Company (TNMC) and businessman Thapelo Olopeng recently donated 15 computers to Tonota public library.
Olopeng and the mine donated 10 and five computers respectively.
Appreciating the generous gesture Tonota senior librarian Father Maniki told Voice Money in an interview that they have a community project that train pensioners,farmers and out of school youth in basic computer skills.
‘We did a survey to find out how our library can benefit the community and we found out 78% of the population is into ICT.
We started with 34 trainees this year March doing IT programmes, six modules and all of them passed. 12 of them are now on practical attachment and four of them are permanently employed.
This month we had 113 graduates and 20 of them are now employed by the council. The idea is to uplift lives of Tonota people and I believe more is still going to be achieved.” Said Maniki
Tebogo Rapitsenyane of TNMC said this initiative shows the purpose and objective of a modern, classic and world class library.
He said the library has re-defined its services from traditional mandate of using books to e-library.
“Libraries have been regarded as white elephants but today Tonota has changed its status.
These computers will help them embark on vital and intensive computer training in a formal results oriented way.
I am informed that such training is meant to open windows for employment as well as to further studies and business sustainability within today IT dominated market.” Said Rapitsenyane
He urged graduates to consider themselves very lucky to have done their course in an ear where computer lessons are expensive.
Majority of the graduates, he said were out of school youth whom he hoped would stand a better chance of being employed after acquiring computer skills and a certificate.