The Enterprise Development Programme (EDP), kindly sponsored by the FP&M Seta at the South African Book Fair is assisting SMME publishers and entrepreneurs in the book sector to participate in the Fair through very welcome exhibitor subsidies.
The SABDC in association with the FP&M Seta has managed to recruit 65 practitioners, comprising mainly publishers but also featuring new writers, illustrators and an experienced cadre of indigenous language editors, to the EDP. These participants have been drawn from all our provinces.
Many of these enterprises will exhibit and participate in tailored training sessions and seminars in the Business-to-business Programme. Established writers Nozizwe Jele and Angela Makholwa have assisted the SABDC in identifying promising new writing talent and we are working towards meaningful meet-and-greet sessions between newer and more established publishers. We also have informative sessions lined up with the award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson, who will work with talented new black illustrators and assist us in developing much-needed talent for the industry.
Exhibitors that will form part of the EDP are listed here