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Keleketla! Library

Keleketla had to close the daily library service, along with the after school programme due to the health and safety hazards presented by the deteriorating state of the Drill Hall infrastructure. Far from victimhood, the situation presented Keleketla with an opportunity to deal with notions of mutability, mobility and the limitless possibilities of temporary existences in spaces that exist in this world today. Thus the way Keleketla is spoken/written/narrated/positioned is always an emergence, becoming. The moral of its story is always in context.

Keleketla is a home to me. I look at it and see the beauty of the arts and history. The teachers change, the place changes (moving from one room to almost the whole block). But the core of Keleketla never changes, which I like to think of as “activating the potential, strength and beauty of each and every member”. The programmes change but home never changes, its like moving from your home to another house, the place would change but the feeling of welcome-ness never fades. Practically the programmes are always art based, often with history but recently the future and present arts.

- Keleketla! After School Programme member Emma Ramashala in 58 Years to the Treason Trial: Intergenerational Dialogue as a Tool for Learning (2014) published by Keleketla! Library