Every year the SABDC organises a Women’s Day event to encourage South African women to become leaders through the means of reading.
Women’s Day Activation 2015
Elitha van der Sandt, CEO of SABDC, led the National Book Week’s Women Month celebrations with the message, “Reading girls grow into leading women.” Elitha was speaking as host at a book reading and buying event at the Exclusive books in Rosebank, an event sponsored by the boutique investment banking group, Musa Capital. In attendance were 40 girls from the Leshata Secondary School in Orange Farm, as well as their caregivers. Leading by example, the SABDC donated R9 250 in Book Tokens to ensure the youth and their caregivers could enjoy the pleasure of buying their own brand new books.
NBW ambassador, business woman and award-winning writer of Happiness is a Four Letter Word, Cynthia Jele, read excerpts from The Big Crush, a title from the FunDza series. This was followed by a question and answer session with the wide-eyed girls quizzing Jele about her life and work, some even shared their own stories.
SABC 1’s Yo-TV presenter, Karabo Bonco, brought a light hearted streak to the proceedings too. She joked, listened and spoke about why books are important to her.