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.


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