Index Blue Crane's newly-built Library named in honour of Dr Rubisana
Date Added: 17 January 2014

The Blue Crane Route Local Municipality, together with the Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC), officially opened a new library, built by the Cacadu District Municipality, in Aeroville, and aptly named it after local icon, Dr Walter Benson Mpilo Rubusana .

Dr Rubusana was born in Somerset East on the 21st of February 1858 and was a Minister of the Congregational Church and the first African ever to be elected to serve as a member of the Cape Provincial Council. He led a deputation to London to protest the Native Land Act of 1913 and at one point also served as one of the Vice Presidents of the African National Congress (ANC) in its early years. He was also a teacher, writer and journalist.

MEC for Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Honourable Xoliswa Tom, guest at the official opening, directed her key- note address to the youth, encouraging them to follow Dr Rubusana’s example and to put the library to good use.

The MEC said that she was delighted to officially open this library. She motivated everyone to adopt a culture of reading to gain knowledge-which she described as “power”.

“I advise young people to form book clubs because it makes reading easier to understand as you (the youth) discuss what is written in the books,” she said.

MEC Tom also encouraged the community to own the library and protect it from vandalism. “Take good care of this library”, she emphasised, adding; ‘the municipality must make sure that there are books available in this library, in all languages spoken in this area”.

MEC stressed that she would like to see 100% pass rate at Aeroville Senior Secondaryschool.as there are no more excuses for failing since the new library has all the necessary resources for studying.

The Event was attended by the Mayor of the Blue Crane Route Local Municipality, Marjorie Scott, and local Councillors and Officials, Speaker of the Cacadu District Municipality, Deon de Vos, Mayor of the Sundays River Valley Local Municipality, Mbulelo Kebe, the Rubusana family, as well as Councillors from several other Cacadu District municipalities, Aeroville Senior Secondary School pupils and the Aeroville community.