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Footnotes: National Book Week and SA’s Literacy Crisis

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them,” wrote Science Fiction author Ray Bradbury.

There is a literacy crisis in SA today. Only 14% of South Africans are active book readers, only 5% of parents read to their children and 51% of households in SA don’t have books in their homes.

With the launch of National Book Week from September 5 to 10, the SA Book Development Council, in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture, will promote reading, books and the love of reading in an initiative to encourage people that reading can be a pleasurable activity with long-term benefits for society.

So support the activities of National Book Week by visiting, joining the Facebook group at or follow on twitter @NBW_2011.

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