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


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.


National Book Week 2015 launches


South Africa’s 6 years running and most successful national reading campaign, National Book Week, will be celebrated across the country from the 7th – 13th September 2015

At Emoyeni Conference Centre in Parktown, Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi launched National Book Week and the NBW Tour Bus ahead of its one week tour.

What can YOU do during National Book Week?

• Participate in the programme in your province
• Visit your local Bargain Books or Exclusive Books stores and participate in the #BUYABOOK campaign.
• Donate books – to organizations working with women, children, youth, and the disabled.
• Corporates are encouraged to #BUYABOOK or two
• Create your own activities and let the NBW team know about it.
• Promote NBW on your social media platforms.
• Communities, churches, social groups, schools and libraries and anyone with an interest in promoting reading, are encouraged to participate in the campaign to bring awareness of the joy and value of reading books.

REMEMBER there’s a Special Offer on books which starts during National Book Week on Monday, 7 September. You can buy selected titles by local authors for just R20 a book. Then please donate it to someone who doesn’t have one. The aim is to get the nation reading. Exclusive Books and Bargain Books are participating stores countrywide.

Click below to watch the full interview at SABC2 Morning LiveDeputy Minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi and CEO of the South African Book Development Council Elitha van der Sandt.

To find out more about programmes around the country, connect with NBW on social media for regular updates.


National Book Week 2015


South Africa commemorates National Book Week in September. It is an initiative of the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture.

Reading statistics reports that only 14% of the South African population are active book readers, and a mere 5% of parents read to their children. National Book Week is an important initiative in encouraging the nation to value reading as a fun and pleasurable activity and to showcase how reading can easily be incorporated into one’s daily lifestyle.

The commemoration coincides with International Literacy Day on 8 September

Most towns have libraries where ratepayers can lend books.THE COUNTDOWN to National Book Week has begun. On the 7th of September,  going places tour bus begins to spread the love of reading.


Official events will be held in seven provinces: Gauteng, North West, Free State, Western Cape, Limpopo, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Activities include distributing books, reading stories, word games, motivational talks, and interaction with children favorite mascot Funda Bala.


The programmes cater for children aged 2 and up. There’s also something for the adults: training to encourage parents and guardians to be reading champions in their homes. Some of the events are open to the public. Check more information on that using #BuyaBook hashtag on social media. Of course, National Book Week also encourage you to host your own reading events from the 7th to the 13th of September, and to #BuyaBook for someone who doesn’t have one.

Join the conversation and support  leisure book reading using 2015 theme #BuyaBook #GoingPlaces

National Book Week Facebook Page

Twitter: @NBW_SA

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