Attending #SABF2019 with Michael Currin, Tumelo Moleleki and Dr. David wa Maahlamela

The #SABF2019 has been amazing from the 1st day. Everyone attending is filled with humanity and are keen to share their stories when you meet them. From authors, to publishers, children, poets and artists everyone is full of  joy and hope about the prosperous future of a reading nation.

In 2017, the South African Book Development Council in association with the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing SETA (FP&M SETA) launched a re-imagined National Book Fair. For the past two years, the Fair has presented a stellar programme brimming with contentious topics facing South Africa, and 2019 promises nothing less. The diverse programme for this year includes #OURSTORIES, talks, workshops, topics and activities for visitors from all walks of life.

The General 

Admission fee of R10 will be charged in order to enter the venue. These can be purchased at the door or via Webtickets (children under the age of 16 do not have to pay this fee). It is strongly suggest that you purchase session tickets ahead of time as space is limited and interest is quite high. A detailed breakdown of the ticketing structure can be found here: BUY NOW.

On the 07th September 2019, Menzi Thango (Director/Founder of Bhiyoza Publishers (Pty) Ltd) had fruitful conversations with attendees of the #SABF2019 and they commended him of what he was doing i.e. promoting Indegenous African Languages.

Menzi Thango (Left) in conversation with Michael Currin (Acting DDG; Intergovernmental Coordination and Stakeholder Management) (Right)

Conversation between Menzi and Michael:

Michael: “Please tell me about your business and what you do?”

Menzi: “We are a publishing company that publishes books written in African languages and currently we have isiZulu and Sesotho books published. We started in July 2018 and now we have published 19 books”.

Michael expressed that: “I am inspired to see a publishing company such as yours that aims at publishing books written in African languages and I am particularly interested in inviting your company to take part in the president’s project of promoting reading in the country. Once the project is launched, we will get in touch and see how you can contribute and take part”.

Dr David wa Maahlamela (Left) from Rhodes University, Chairperson of PanSalb board and Tumelo Moleleki (Author of Her Heart).

Dr David wa Maahlamela: “I am so happy that I know you from when we were together as advisory panel at the National Arts Council of South Africa and that you have developed into becoming an academic, publisher, business owner and Free State Language Committee Member of Pansalb. Those people in Free State made a good choice by nominating you, you have relevant experience to serve in the Free State Provincial Language Committee Member”.