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


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

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Twitter: @NBW_SA

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