In a panel discussion at a recent PRAESA event in Cape Town, Professor Genevieve Hart, gave the following statistics about libraries in South Africa.
The library statistics come from foreword by Arts & Culture Minister Mthethwa to the DAC booklet "The State of Libraries in South Africa" August 2015 - then DAC's briefing to the National Council for Library & Information Services late November.
2 conditional grants since 2008 = R3 billion:
81 new libraries (+20 more 2015/2016) ; 343 upgrades (+50 more upgrades 2015/2016).
It is good to have some good news from the world of libraries and books …