ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT A core component of the BBBEE Scorecard

On 21 April 2016, the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) hosted a Cover Design Workshop with small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME’s) participating in the Indigenous Languages Publishing Programme (ILPP).

The workshop entailed a combined session and one-on-one work with the SMME publishers. A background on cover design was given; including the purpose of the cover, content imperatives on the front and back covers as well as on the spine. The basic structure, proportions and dimensions, size of barcode etc. were also a focus point. Image balance and proportion as well as text placement on a cover were discussed.

A graphic designer then worked with the SMME designer and/or publisher on each book in the ILPP and continued working with them after the workshop.

 Partnerships for the future

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In the absence of a book policy, or development support for SMME’s, these enterprises, entrepreneurs and freelancers (designers, editors, typesetters, translators), find it very difficult to survive in the small South African market. Quality is often compromised due to a lack of adequate support and development funds to for example purchase design software.

The sustainability of these enterprises is essential as they bring diversity to the outputs of the book sector. They are also localized and in touch with their communities. Skill development in marginalized communities is therefore critical for the book industry in order to bring diversity in product to the South African reader.

The SABDC can ‘pair’ enterprise development, skills development and social development opportunities through the ILPP and National Book Week (NBW), offering an effective model for partnerships in the book industry to companies looking to implement the BBBEE scorecard. This approach will be explored and communicated in future newsletters .

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National Book Week 5-11 September 2016

NBW planning is in full swing. The NBW team has been travelling to various provinces in preparation for on the ground events from 5-11 September. All nine provinces will be hosting official NBW events this year!nbw2016.jpg


How You Can Spot Fake Viral News Story Before it Wreck you

Many fake news sites intentionally try to pass themselves off as real, either by never disclosing their satirical nature or hiding the disclosure deep within their website. Still others are just peddling false and salacious tales to drive traffic to their site and rake in ad revenue — something easy to do when social media allows the rapid spread of misinformation.



So how can you ensure you’re not being bamboozled? Here are  10 tips to get you started.

  1. The Source Is Known to Be Shady
  2. Other Stories From This Source Are Incredulous
  3. Reputable News Sites Aren’t Carrying It
  4. It Predicts a Future Disaster
  5. It Reveals a Cure for a Major Illness
  6. The Website Carries a Disclaimer
  7. The Story Is a Little Too Funny or Interesting
  8. A Poll is Featured
  9. The Website or Blog Has an Odd Domain Name
  10. The Story Makes You Angry

The important point here is never to act on or pass on any information you read or view unless you know for sure whether it’s true or false. Then you can let the recipient know.Whether these are satirical sites or websites run by people with an ax to grind, if you find yourself getting pretty steamed, take a step back and re-evaluate.

SA Film industry: What is going on? — Christal Clear


Ok, if you didn’t know before i am an aspiring film maker in a closet…not anymore cause i just announced it. Anyway though I still am making countless excuses about why i am not producing anything now, I know that I have to do it somehow. I was very relaxed until the past two years […]

via SA Film industry: What is going on? — Christal Clear

The South African Book Development Council hands over 1,700 books to celebrate World Book Day 2016

Pretoria 20 April 2016: To celebrate World Book Day coming up on 23 April, the SABDC handed over 1700 books from their #BUYABOOK campaign to Project Literacy.

This will benefit 600 children and 250 adults from Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga who will each receive their own books to take home.

Exclusive Books, Bargain Books, Wordsworth and Books & Books stores around the country are also selling seven of the official WBD children’s books in store for only R25 until the 30th of April 2016.

The SABDC encourages South Africans to buy these books and then offer them as a donation to Nal’ibali. Donation bins will be placed at the counter at each of these participating stores.


Project Literacy children received their books to take home

#BUYABOOK – Having as few as 20 books in the home is the leading indicator for children achieving higher levels of education. More than half of South African households do not have a single book in the home. This is why the SABDC, together with the book industry, introduced #BUYABOOK during National Book Week. Books donated during this campaign will go to households that have no books.

Project Literacy is one such organization that work with book impoverished communities. Project Literacy also provides key activities to communities during National Book Week.





The South African Book Development Council, the Steering Committee of the Text Editing: Africa Project and the publishers, MLA Publications, take great pleasure in announcing the publication of the first-ever book on text editing in one of South Africa’s indigenous languages – Sesotho – in 2016: Metheo ya ditokiso tsa sengolwa: Boitsebelo le tshebediso, by Dr Nyefolo Malete, Head of the Department of African Languages at the University of the Free State (UFS).

We invite you to attend a “language indaba and workshop” to launch Metheo ya ditokiso tsa sengolwa in Bloemfontein on 15 February 2016. The event will be hosted by the UFS and opened by Professor Jansen.

Every attendee will receive a signed copy of the book included in the attendance fee of R550.

This book should be an essential reference work for all teachers, students and practitioners of communications, writing, editing and translation through the medium of Sesotho, and an invaluable vademecum. It is an adaptation of the internationally acclaimed Text Editing: A handbook for students and practitioners (UPA, 2012) and based on the CCC Model for text analysis and improvement developed by Dutch linguist Dr Jan Renkema.

We anticipate that the half-day indaba and workshop will draw great interest among linguists and language practitioners across the language spectrum, but the number of participants (not including observers) will be limited to 30 to ensure maximum engagement with the text and the model. So please do not delay in reserving your place by emailing Raynia Gaffoor at admin@sabookcouncil.co.za or call 021 914 8626/7.

We acknowledge and thank the FP&M SETA and the National Arts Council for the financial support towards this project.

Should you be unable to attend the event but wish to purchase a copy of Metheo ya ditokiso tsa sengolwa, contact the publishers at mlapublications@gmail.com.  The cost inclusive of postage and packaging is R365.00.