Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi continues to lead National Book Week activities to promote reading and enhance nation building and social cohesion

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07 Sep 2015

Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi, MP, in partnership with the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) will embark on reading campaign #Goingplaces #BuyaBook to emphasise the importance of reading as part of National Book Week activities in Limpopo.

This campaign reflects the physical journey of the Bus Tour travelling throughout South Africa, as well as the magic of books and how reading books can both figuratively and literally take you places. Various publishers such as Pan Macmillan SA, Penguin Random House SA, and NB Publishers have offered discounted books that will be sold at a minimal cost of R20 in Bargain Books and Exclusive Books stores nationwide.

“The importance of reading in order to achieve success in life is foundational for the individual and essential for nation building and social cohesion. The Department of Arts and Culture’s Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) strategy recognises the power of the book sector to contribute to job creation, poverty reduction, skills development and, above all, economic growth”, stated Mabudafhasi.

“The National Book Week is a strategic intervention to promote a reading culture that will enhance the prominence and socio-economic impacts of the South African book sector both locally and globally”, said Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi.

As September marks Heritage Month celebrations under the theme, “Our indigenous knowledge, our heritage: Towards the identification, promotion and preservation of South African’s living heritage,” the campaign will amongst others also seek to promote, national identity and to enhance nation building and social cohesion.

The following National Book Week and Heritage Month activities will take place from 08 to 12 September 2015:

  • Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi will visit Hihlurile Women’s Co-operative project funded by the Department through Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE). The visit will take place on Tuesday, 08 September 2015 in Greater Giyani Local Municipality, Limpopo at 10H45. The project was established to transfer skills and create employment for crafters in the Giyani area.
  • Hoisting of the National Flag at Macha Day Care Centre and Megoring Primary School on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 at Mentz village, Capricon Municipality- Limpopo at 08h30. The Deputy Minister will also engage with learners about the importance of reading, reading for learners and donate books.
  • Visit to Molepo Community Library on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 at 10h00 to engage with the communities, educators, learners about the importance of reading as part of Nation Book Week.
  • Hoisting of the National Flag on Thursday, 10 September 2015 at Vleifontein Primary School in Makhado Municipality, Limpopo at 07h30. The programme is part of Department of Arts and Cultures’ Flag in every school campaign which seeks to promote national identity, instil the spirit of patriotism, love for our country, nation building and social cohesion.
  • The Deputy Minister will attend the Music Workshop Master Class, King Mphephu Fun Walk and Musangwe as part of the MGE funded Phalaphala FM Royal Heritage Festival on Thursday, 10 September 2015 at 10:00, Khoroni Hotel and Friday, 11 September 2015 at Nandoni Dam, in Thulamela Municipality,
  • The Music Workshop Master Class will also be addressed by Selaelo Selota, the Department of Trade and Industry and the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO). The idea is to encourage young and upcoming artists not to give up on their dreams however they must understand the industry in order to shape their progress.

Media enquiries: Peter Mbelengwa – Spokesperson for the Deputy Minister   – Cell: 082 611 8197 / Email: petermb@dac.gov.za

 

Issued by the Department of Arts & Culture