Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi leads the National Book Week roadshow in Polokwane

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05 Sep 2014
On Friday, 05 September 2014, Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Rejoice Mabudafhasi led the National Book Week (NBW) 2014 roadshow under the theme, Going Places’ in Polokwane, Limpopo Province.
Speaking during her visit to Greenside Primary School as part of National Book Week 2014, Deputy Minister said, “The Department of Arts and Culture will invest R3 billion on the library infrastructure over a period of three years. We will build libraries in communities that have limited access or do not have access at all to these facilities, and upgrade other existing structures.”
She also said that by building library infrastructure, the department is merely laying the foundation for a thriving reading culture. “Buildings do not go to the people. People must come to the buildings. This is where initiatives like National Book Week are most crucially needed,” stated the Deputy Minister.
Deputy Minister hoisted the National flag at the Greenside Primary school in the presence of hundreds cheering and jubilant learners who also recited the Preamble of the Constitution and answered various questions about national symbols. A flag was also hoist the flag at the Polokwane Welfare Centre. Hoisting of National Flag is part of the “Flag in every school Programme”, an initiative of the Department on Arts and Culture. The programme involves, hoisting of the National Flag, the singing of the National Anthem and the recital of the Preamble of the Constitution by the learners. South African hand held flags and publications on national symbols and the anthem were also distributed at the school.
Other National Book Week activities included Puppet Show, Story Telling, Games, Children’s Toy Library and Motivational Speaking.  National Book Week was instituted after the Department of Arts and Culture, through the South African Book Development Council, commissioned a study to assess the reading habits of adult South Africans. The study showed that only 14% of South Africans are active book readers and a mere 5% of parents read to their children. It further indicated that 51% of households in South Africa did not have a single book in their home.
An integral part of this nation-wide reading campaign is to create a platform where government, the book sector and civil society can establish dynamic partnerships to promote access to books and contribute towards the creation of a reading and writing society. National Book Week 2014 will continue until Sunday, 07 September 2014 as part of heritage month.
 
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