7 - 13 September
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 report 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.
- National Book Week 2015 calendar
- Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi launches National Book Week, 3 Sept
- Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi: Launch of National Book Week