Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture launches National Book Week 2015

By Drum Digital
04 September 2015

The National Book Week is an initiative of the Department of Arts and Culture in association with the South African Book Development Council (SABDC).

September marks Heritage Month celebrations in Mzansi. This year’s theme is “Our indigenous knowledge, our heritage: Towards the identification, promotion and preservation of South African’s living heritage,” the government said in a statement.

All residents in the Republic of South Africa, and those from the rest of the continent and the African Diaspora who are residents in the country are encouraged to participate in the Heritage Month activities, one of this being the National Book Week.

  It is an annual premier platform through which government, the book sector, media and civil society establish dynamic partnerships for the promotion of the culture of reading.

“The campaign will feature a number of reading activities for the young and old including a bus full of activities that will travel throughout the country. Activities will include storytelling, a toy library, poetry, workshop and a mascot called Funda Bala who will distribute books to children,” the statement said.

Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms. Rejoice Mabudafhasi officially launched National Book Week 2014 and revealed the National Book Week Tour Bus ahead of its one week travel to four provinces: Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape.


National Book Week Ambassadors are Lupi Ngcayisa, Refiloe Mpakanyane, Pearl Thusi, Aaron Moloisi and Stoan Seate.


In an effort to fulfill its key objectives, the national campaign will focus on two key facets, getting people to read and getting more books to South Africans.

The public is encouraged to purchase the books for R20 and donate them into the NBW book bins in the stores. These books will then be donated to selected communities. Another option is for people to donate books to those they know don’t own one. The campaign targets regular readers, book lovers, book buyers, corporates and philanthropists.

The campaign will run from 7 to 13 September 2015.

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