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The 2014 World Book Day National Celebrations
The World Book Day National Celebrations in South Africa are coordinated by the Centre for the Book. The centre, in partnership with various stakeholders, manages all activities related to World Book Day, including a nationwide poster campaign. Each year the official World Book Day celebrations take place in a different province. This year it was the Northern Cape’s turn. The Northern Cape town of Kuruman was selected to host the 2014 World Book Day National Celebrations. This year’s theme was: ‘Be Smart-Read Books!’. 30 000 posters were printed and distributed countrywide.

The first day of the celebrations, 22 April, was a door-to door campaign. A vibrant brass band led the procession of campaigners from the book industry, traditional leaders, politicians, members from the Department of Correctional Services and CFB staff. The procession visited various schools in the villages surrounding Kuruman and ended at the Kuruman Correctional Centre. Schools visited included Kathu High School, Rekgaratlhile High School, Tshimologo Middle School, Lareng Primary and Pre- School.

At all the schools the campaigners were welcomed by the principal or School Governing Body member. The purpose of the day was delivered by the CFB Executive Head, Mr Mandla Matyumza, followed by a brief message by the District Mayor and handing over of books by the CFB Head, the Northern Regional Commissioner of Correctional Service and the District Mayor. The vote of thanks was done by a representative from the Department of Education. Our invited celebrity and motivational speaker, Thato Molamu who plays Nicolas Nomvethe in Generations, caused much excitement. Approximately 8 400 books were donated to schools, pre-schools, old age homes, the Correctional Centre and bystanders. The people were encouraged to read and use their libraries.

The second day of the celebrations, 23 April, took place at the Loopeng sports ground, just outside Kuruman. Key stakeholders from various sectors attended, including the Northern Cape Education Department, librarians, mayors, and also special guests DJ Soul and DJ Guru. An audience of 2500 people attended. Messages of support were delivered by the Regional Commissioner of Correctional Services in Free State and Northern Cape, Ms Moodly, and the Director of Library Services in the Department of Arts and Culture, Mr Puleng Kekana. The Northern Cape Speaker of legislature, Mr Kenny Mmoiemang, delivered an outstanding and inspiring keynote address. The event went very well with excellent speeches, poetry, reading, music and dancing. It made a real impact on the communities, reaching people who have not been reached before.

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Sonwabile Kanzi, Centre for the Book



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