(l - r) Sunil Geness, ITA President, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Smiley Ismail, Minister Cwele and Ms Lulama Langeni, Director of the Harare Library
The Deputy President (DP) will be leading public participation initiatives in Cape Town in the week of the 9th – 13th February 2015 as a build up to the State of the
Nation Address 2015. As part of his community engagement, the DP will engage young people and announce his vision of establishing a national reading club that would stimulate reading especially among the youth.
This occasion took on Wednesday, 11 February at the Harare Library in Khayelitsha. During the events preceding the ANC’s 103rd Anniversary Celebrations in January 2015 the
DP addressed young people at a youth dialogue hosted by the South African Youth Council in Cape Town. In his address the DP called on young people to be educated and innovative in order to achieve economic freedom in their lifetime. The drive of a national reading club follows from the DP’s call for young people to embrace a culture of reading.
The DP’s community engagement in Khayelitsha will be followed by a robust campaign to promote reading. The objective is to officially launch the reading club during the World Book Day celebrations on 23 April 2015. The reading club is seen as a vehicle to bring young people together and contribute towards the creation of a vibrant reading culture in South Africa. Minister Cwele and Minister Nathi Mthetwa accompanied the Deputy President to the Harare library where an educational interactive computer centre was unveiled.