Catching up with Stoan Seate


The 8th annual National Book Week (NBW) will run from 04 to 10 September 2017 and will be celebrated across South Africa with a line-up of exciting activities that speak to this year’s theme: #OURSTORIES.

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One of the ambassadors includes musician Stoan Seate, we chat to him about his involvement.  

Please tell us about your earliest memory of reading?

I don’t remember the name of the books, but my mom used to buy me books instead of toys. It had different stories e.g. 3 little pigs. These were the books I learnt to read with.

How often do you read?

I don’t necessarily read books a lot of late, due to a tight schedule however, I research and read a lot about things I do not know about. I try to read as often as possible. Reading also helps with media literacy and enabling one to be able to differentiate between real news and fake news. I got books from my mom recently, which I intend reading soon.

Who’s your favourite author?

I don’t have one really. I can read anybody’s book but I prefer to read a personalities book for e.g. Somizi Mhlongo or Hugh Masekela. I enjoy reading local books as there is so much rich content that tells us about our country and engages #OURSTORIES which I am aware is the theme for NBW this year.

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading a book about the stock markets titled: The Streetwise Investor by Jack Milne. It speaks about how black people have never been into the stock market. Black people need to know how to invest in stock markets.

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Please tell us about your involvement with NBW. How did it come about?

As a parent, I have provided my kids with the opportunity to have access to books and make reading a part of their daily lives. I also want to encourage other parents to do the same for their children. Reading trains the imagination and enables one to really visualize another world.

I was approached by the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) early in 2011 to be a part of the campaign and agreed. I believe this is a campaign that will have great socio-economic benefits for the country, as reading propels one to higher levels of success. National Book Week should be celebrated not only for one week a year, but every week.

What does NBW mean to you?

NBW is an opportunity for me to help get more books into SA homes. It is an opportunity for me as an ambassador to go out there and touch lives and encourage reading. The more you read the more you know and can do for yourself.

What can we expect from you with regards to NBW?

During NBW we travel to different areas all over the country to do some reading activities or a motivational talk. one gets to really meet people from all shades and backgrounds and instill the NBW magic. This year I will be sharing the joys of reading with the NBW team. For more information on where to find me during NBW, visit

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