Book Week celebrated

2017-09-22 06:00
PhotoS: suppliedPupils play word games.

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UNDER the theme #ourstories, National Book Week was celebrated for the first time this year in Umzimkhulu last Tuesday and more than 100 pupils and adults joined the celebration.
National Book Week is celebrated between September 4 and 10.

Kholeka Mbalo from the Department of Social Services in Umzimkhulu said the municipality’s involvement in the event was motivated by a need to highlight the importance of education and promote reading.
She encouraged people to embrace culture, tradition and dignity. Umzimkhulu gospel musician Sibongukwanda “Jumbo” Nyangiwe entertained and local poet Kwazi Ndlangisa gave a motivational talk about the importance of reading.

This year marks the eighth annual National Book Week with the support of the Department of Arts and Culture and the South African Book Development­ Council (SABDC) that is visiting all provinces to promote reading.

“We have our own narrative story to tell that has been formed by our diversity and similarities, adversities and achievements. Books are the richest format of stories and are the best ways to let the world know who we are,” said Elita­ van der Sandt, the chief executive officer of SABDC.

She said the vision of SABDC is for books to reach as many households in the country as possible.
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