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Durban - Durban is set to get a state-of-the-art library that will cost R497 million, the eThekwini Municipality announced on Friday.
Municipal spokesman Thabo Mofokeng said the eThekwini council had approved the construction of the library in Durban's central business district, next to the Workshop shopping complex. The council voted in favour of the library on Thursday.
Democratic Alliance leader Tex Collins said his party had supported the resolution for a new library.
Collins said funding had been obtained from the Carnegie Foundation. The provincial government was also likely to contribute to the cost.
ANC councillor Stanley Xulu said: “Our aim is to ensure that each ward within the municipality has a library, depending on the budget”.