“The importance of reading in order to achieve success in life is foundational for the individual and essential for nation building and social cohesion. The Department of Arts and Culture’s Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) strategy recognises the power of the book sector to contribute to job creation, poverty reduction, skills development and, above all, economic growth. Thus as such, the National Book Week is a strategic intervention to promote a reading culture that will enhance the prominence and socio-economic impact of the South African books sector both locally and globally” – The Honourable Minister of Art and Culture, Mr. Nathi Mthethwa

“We need civil society to support what schools are doing. We have to go beyond to get the nation reading. That’s why every year, the department delivers 1000 libraries to schools because it realises that the future does not belong to us; it is borrowed from our children.” – Director General of Basic Education, Mathanzima Mweli

“Owning a book is like owning a treasure. The #BUYABOOK Campaign opens up new opportunities. An opportunity to give. An opportunity to grow. An opportunity to read. An opportunity to discover a different world. An opportunity for more people to write. An opportunity for more books to be sold. An opportunity for more diverse books to be produced. The opportunities are endless. This National Book Week, join us as we take books to people. Participate in #BUYABOOK.” – Elitha Van der Sandt, CEO of the SABDC