The National Book Week, launched at the Babs Madlakane Hall in Kwanobuhle this week, highlights the importance of reading especially amongst the youth.
Referring to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s newly launched online books that are available to the public on www.nelsonmandelabay.gov.za, Executive Mayor Zanoxolo Wayile said that this initiative encourages reading, especially amongst the younger generation.
“We call on the people of the city to popularise this new development so that more people can benefit,” said Mayor Wayile.
Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile said at the event, that was also attended by the Eastern Cape MEC for Sports, Recreation, Arts Culture, Xoliswa Tom, SABC regional head Zola Yeye and national celebrities and ambassadors for National Book Week, that this national initiative needs to be supported by all sectors of society.
“We need to encourage our community to develop a culture of reading as this is the easiest tool that will empower our people with knowledge.”
Minister Mashatile went further to say that hosting the National Book Week launch in Nelson Mandela Bay was no coincidence, because some of the best writers the country has produced hail from the Eastern Cape.
An interesting fact that Minister Mashatile shared with the audience was the Eastern Cape publishing house, Lovedale Press, was the first publishing house in the country to translate the Bible into an African language.
This esteemed national leader also recalled that newspapers such as the Imvo Zabantsundu published by John Tengo Jabavu gave
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