Lavender Hill backyard library needs help for a new roof

Founder of Siyafunda Library in Lavender Hill, John Nicholson, has confirmed that the library, currently situated in his garage, has been closed down by the City of Cape Town.

Nicholson explains that the shut down is due to extensions done at his home that were not approved by the city.

He says only found out this when he received funds to fix the leaking roof.

When he approached the City with the amended plans he was told that a wall erected about 2 years ago was not approved.

Initially when we build a wall about two years ago, the contractor did not do a plan for that wall. We only found out when we wanted to apply for another plan to put up a roof to extend the library.

John Nicholson, Founder of Siyafunda

When I spoke to the officials at the City they told me there's going to be a penalty and to avoid the penalty I'll have to remove the roof.

John Nicholson, Founder of Siyafunda

Nicholson has been running the library in this backyard for 15 years and accommodates up to 75 eager young readers everyday.

He also runs a soup kitchen.

To hear the rest of the conversation with John Nicholson, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Lavender Hill backyard library needs help for a new roof


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