The second day of National Book Week (NBW) activities took place at Laingsburg Thusong Centre in the Western Cape, TVET College Hall in Umzimkhulu, KwaZulu-Natal and Zwide Library in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
Umzimkhulu Municipality experienced the joy of reading with the largest annual reading awareness campaign, National Book Week, on Tuesday, 05 September 2017.
Hundreds of people comprising of everyone from crèche-age children to senior citizens to young Adults made their way the TVET College Hall to join the literary activities and celebrate National Book Week.
Spokesperson for Umzimkhulu Municipality and Social Services Department, Mrs. Kholeka Mbalo said the municipality’s involvement was motivated by a need to highlight the importance of education, with reading being key.
She further encouraged the community to continue taking part in such events as they build the community through embracing culture, tradition, and religion. Local Gospel singer Jumbo wowed the crowd by giving an outstanding performance and motivational talk on the importance of reading and how books have shaped his life, while Hitman CEO and Funda Bala, the National Book Week mascot had the audience on its feet.
Project Literacy’s reading champion, the 23-year-old Thulisile Ndlovu shared her experiences about the joys of reading, while Thembile Tshuma from Wordathon games entertained the young children with a theatrical take on building words.
In the Eastern Cape NBW ambassadors took to the train to spread the message of reading on a commute from Uitenhage to Port Elizabeth. Their message was simple #READABOOK.
Special thanks to our partners – The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Western Cape, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture – Library Services.
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