The South African Book Development Council (SABDC) in association with the Fibre,
Processing & Manufacturing Seta (FP&M Seta), utilises the SABF as a platform to increase access to mainstream opportunities.

The SABDC invites South African book illustrators to apply for the subsidy to participate in the SABF Marketplace: 9 – 13 September 2020.

Book illustrators create and tell a story through their illustrations. We are looking for local
illustrators who are able to demonstrate their own story-telling through their work. The SABF exhibitor subsidies enable entrepreneurs in the book sector to participate in the annual national book fair. The Enterprise Development Programme supports greater growth in the South African book sector, as it forms part of a broader SABDC BBBEE and growth strategy.

Successful applicants will participate in a mandatory training programme prior to the
SABF exhibition.

CLOSING DATE: 6 July 2020

Application forms and further resources are provided below. Please submit these

Please note that the following Enterprise Development subsidy applications have already

  • SMME publishers & entrepreneur applications closed on 22 May 2020
  • Independent Bookstore applications closed on 23 June 2020

Following our engagement with the less formal sector – small, medium and micro-sized enterprises – within the book publishing industry, the SABF has implemented programmes that respond to the needs of these SMMEs.

South Africa has a sophisticated book publishing sector and our Enterprise Development Programme is set up to build capacity amongst smaller publishers, so that they are able to have greater access to opportunities in the mainstream industry.

One way in which this is achieved, is by means of very welcome sponsorship and exhibitor subsidies provided by the FP&M SETA which has meant that many SMME publishers and entrepreneurs in the book sector are now able to exhibit on this national platform.

“The South African Book Fair has become firmly established as one the biggest annual events for the FP&M SETA – because as a sector that serves the publishing space, we are committed to promoting the enjoyment of books and reading and promoting the publishing sector as an employer of choice. It is critical that we expose the youth to the very attractive careers and job opportunities in the publishing sector to ensure its sustainability in the long term.” – Ms Felleng Yende. Chief Executive Officer: FP&M SETA

The need for comprehensive skills transfer has been confirmed again and again at the SABF in 2017 and 2018. There is a huge gap between traditional businesses and emerging ones. To aid information sharing and skills development, the SABF together with the Language and Media Practitioners of South Africa (LAMP) has implemented the Authors’ Corner.

Information on topics such as editing, proofreading, translation, self-publishing and consistency in editing are also made available as a part of our Enterprise Development Programmes.