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One City One Book programme launches in Durban

By Mercury Reporter Time of article published Sep 21, 2017

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The City of Durban will play host to a reading festival this International Literacy Month.

The Ethekwini municipality said in a statement that, to empower local authors and inculcate a reading culture among eThekwini residents, the 2017 edition of the municipality’s One City One Book programme was officially launched on Wednesday at Ushaka Marine World. 

“The community reading programme, initiated in 2013, sees the City select one book each year to be read by eThekwini residents.” 

This year’s book, Pavement Bookworm, was written by recovering drug addict and an avid reader Philani Dladla.

“The book was chosen because it unpacks several sensitive issues that affect young people. It also details Dladla’s life journey. Dladla was once homeless and lived under the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg.”

Head of Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit at the City Thembinkosi Ngcobo said the book was available in all 93 municipal libraries. 

“Over and above the 93 municipal libraries, we are building three more libraries including the central library. 

Each year we spend over R10 million purchasing books but the unfortunate part is that we also lose books to a value of R3 million every year as a result of theft and vandalism. 

While we encourage the culture of reading, we also want people to value books and protect them. If our people can read and write, it means that our history and our stories will never get lost as they will be written from our own perspective,” said Ngcobo. The city has purchased 186 copies of Dladla’s books. 

Previous featured books include Long Walk to Freedom written by Nelson Mandela; Native of Nowhere: The Story on Nat Nakasa by Ryan Brown; The Last Rhinos: The Powerful Story of One Man's Battle to Save a Species written by Graham Spence and Lawrence Anthony; and When the Chalk is Down written by BP Singh.

The Mercury

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