The Department of Arts and Culture established the Books and Publishing unit in 2004. The unit is a component of the Cultural Development section whose strategic focus is the advancement of the economic potential of creative industries to contribute job creation, reduction of poverty and skills development.
South Africa has a colourful, diverse and vibrant craft sector. One of the strengths of the country’s crafts is its distinctiveness/uniqueness. The basketry from South Africa is recognisable from anywhere in the world. A person who is familiar with the Ilala grass woven baskets from KwaZulu-Natal will know them wherever they might see them in the world. So is the basketry from the Free State and Limpopo. Such is the character of our crafts in that they tend to a great extent to take on the geographic and traditional inspiration of particular areas of our country.