​MEDIA INVITATION
 
17 April 2018
 
Celebrating World Book Day
 
The 23rd of April is known globally as World Book Day.  The day is used to celebrate and pay tribute to people who directly contribute to the production of literature material.  These people include authors, publishers, editors, librarians, etc.
 
EThekwini Municipal Libraries will be celebrating World Book Day at Mpumalanga Main Hall on 19 April 2018. This year’s theme is “Flying high with reading”. Through this programme, the Municipality aims is to promote reading and emphasize the importance of books in our society.
 
With eThekwini now a UNESCO City of Literature, such programs are of utmost importance in the quest to get society to read and to support our local authors. We call upon our stakeholders in the book industry to participate in this program as we aim to use it as platform to discuss literary issues and plans to promote reading. The platform also offers an opportunity to support local authors especially those writing in indigenous languages, as we are in dire shortage of books written and published in indigenous languages.
 
Hosting such programmes is a reiteration of the Municipality’s commitment in ensuring that a conducive environment is created for more citizens of eThekwini to become readers.  The keynote speaker will be Mandla Ntombela, the President of the Library and Information Association of South Africa.  He will encourage local authors and give advise on how to write and publish a book successfully.
 
Members of the media are invited to be part of the celebration
 
DETAILS OF THE CELEBRATION ARE AS FOLLOWS:
 
Date:  Thursday, 19 April 2018
Time:  09H30 for 10h00
Venue:  Mpumalanga Main Hall on Shezi Road
 
RSVP:  Vuyo Ndlovu on 031 311 4838, vuyo.ndlovu@durban.gov.za
 
ENDS
 
Issued by Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa