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Mayor Naik’s speech: Funda Mzantsi in George

The 8th Funda Mzantsi Championship started today, October 2nd, 2017 in George.  The reading competition where all Centre for the Book affiliated book clubs compete against each other, was started as part of the Centre for the Book mandate to inculcate a culture of reading amongst South Africans.  Winners of the competition take home medals and trophies.

Speech of Executive Mayor of George at Funda Mzantsi Championship

Dr Eddy Maepa, Executive Director: National Library, Ald Melvin Naik, Executive Mayor of George, Prof. Rocky Ralebipi-Simela, National Librarian & CEO: National Library and Mr Delekile Klaas, Western Cape Regional Commissioner during the National Funda Mzantsi Championship

It has been eight years since the National Library of South Africa’s Centre for the Book started Funda Mzantsi project to support and assist communities to establish and sustain book clubs. The project was in response to the survey conducted by the South African Book Development Council in 2007 on general reading habits in South African Communities. It was revealed that South Africa is not a reading nation. Book clubs were established in communities and schools. In 2013 the Department of Correctional Services upon realising the role played by the National Library of South Africa’s Centre and Centre for the Book in the rehabilitation of their offenders, decided to join hands with these organisations.

Ald Mercia Draghoender, Portfolio Councillor for Community Development, Social Services, Libraries and Sport, with Prof. Rocky Ralebipi-Simela, National Librarian & CEO: National Libraries

George Municipality has been a partner in this great initiative since 2016 and will once again partner with the other stakeholders in hosting the 8th Championship in George on the 2nd – 5th of October 2017.

Dignitaries stand for the National Anthem led by the Correctional Services Choir

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