This question was up for debate at the media launch of the National Book Week (NBW) campaign run by the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) on the 1st September. MC for the afternoon and NBW Ambassador Aaron Moloisi, led the debate between 11 panelists. Elitha Van Der Sandt, CEO of the South African Book…
Lerato Ntuli, deputy president of Phefeni Senior Secondary School in Soweto, talks about the importance of reading books to help create South Africa’s next generation of leaders.
Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile discusses his favourite book from High School, Black Boy (Richard Wright), and how it taught him more about the writing process. He realised he didn’t have to sound like other English authors, but that he could tame the English language to speak his language.
Jafta Mamabolo discusses the joy in reading graphic novels. He suggests that reading graphic novels such as Naruto, Bleach or even the Marvel comics is a good way for non-readers to get into reading. These stories have great artwork and very meaningful stories and it is sure to get people excited about reading.
Kopano Matlwa gives a brief description of her love affair with books and why she can so easily incorporate it into her daily life.