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 Sikhumbuzo Notshe.
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