The project, SA Primary Education Support Initiative (Sapesi), brings books to schoolchildren across SA.
Hasunuma is former managing director of Sony SA and had the idea of importing buses from Japan to repurpose as libraries when he realised how many children, especially in rural areas, didn't have access to books.
Today, with the support of Sony worldwide and a number of other Japanese companies, Sapesi has 80 mobile library buses with 170000 donated new and second-hand, with a further 13000 books purchased by Sony in indigenous languages.
The buses, donated to provincial education authorities, travel to more than 800 schools across all nine provinces. Each bus can carry up to 2500 books, carefully selected according to age and themes in the curriculum, with fiction and non-fiction suitable for children from 6 to 11 years old.