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On the 7th of November, one of the first Khanyisa book packs was handed over to City Kidz Pre and Primary School in Johannesburg. City Kidz Pre and Primary School, established in January 2008, is a Section 21 Non-Profit Company providing much-needed quality care and education to learners from Grade R to Grade 7 whose parents live and work in Johannesburg’s inner-city. Untitled2

The Khanyisa junior school library pack donated to City Kidz consists of a range of beautiful children’s picture book and library resources in a range of local languages. Jacana Media Sales Manager Shay Heydenrych said, “Access to books and reading is an invaluable foundation for growing children’s imaginations and interest and excitement in the world around them. Ensuring that books are placed in under-resourced schools is one of the basic ways in which to grow a culture and love of reading for both the learners and their educators. We challenge all corporates to donate a pack of books to a school in need.”

The book packs are distributed through one of the project partners, Nal’ibali, Breadline, Biblionef, Equal Education and the Centre for the Book.

To kick-start the project, Jacana donated a junior school library pack to Jenny Crwys-Williams’ adopted school, Tshebedisano Primary School in Soweto. ETV then jumped on board and donated Khanyisa book packs to Dowling Primary School in Newclare, the Together in Action Group in Coronationville, the Girls Power Reading Club in Soweto, and the ABC Reading Club at the Bathandwa Orphanage in Khayelitsha. City Kidz’s pack was also donated by ETV.

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• Only 21% of South African schools have adequate libraries
• Many existing libraries are under-stocked and poorly resourced
• 80% of South African learners have not developed basic reading skills by Grade 5
• If we grow literacy at an early stage we increase success in secondary schools and beyond
• Only 1% of South Africans buy books
• Only 14% are active readers
• Only 5% of parents read to their children 


• Jacana Media have carefully selected library packs for both primary and secondary schools
• We have carefully selected partners who have the means and experience to distribute these books to schools where they will be used
• Jacana Media publish many children's books in all 11 languages
• We provide a fool-proof, SARS-approved, tax-beneficial way to get involved


• One point only, buy a pack!
• By purchasing a library pack, which will be placed in a school, you WILL be changing lives
• Secondary school pack: 192 books = R24 797 vat incl.
• Primary school pack: 249 books = R 17 587 vat incl. 


• Wherever you want – our partners will place books in rural primary schools, in schools in Gauteng, in secondary schools in Mpumulanga, wherever you think is good
• Or, you can leave it to them to decide
• Donations of multiple packs are even more welcome


• Nal'ibali (isiXhosa for 'Here's the Story') is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign driven by PRAESA, Times Media and a growing number of partners.
• Centre for the Book is an outreach unit of the National Library of South Africa. One of its missions is to provide easy access to books for all.
• Biblionef SA is a mother-tongue book donation agency who strives to provide under-resourced children and adolescents with new books.
• Breadline Africa is an internationally registered South African charity that aims to break the cycle of poverty by helping communities help themselves. They have set up container-based libraries in impoverished areas.
• Equal Education is a movement of learners, parents, teachers and community members working for quality and equality in South African education through analysis and activism.


Just ask and we will send a representative to present this project to anyone who is interested; we believe in it and really think that here we have a chance for change.
Leigh-Ann Harris in Johannesburg, 011 628 3200, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Carol Broomhall in Cape Town, 021 671 1332, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.