MEDIA RELEASE: 13TH August 2012 The Miriam Tlali Reading & Book Club joins South Africans in an exasperating

Limpopo books saga which left the whole country in dismay. Featuring South Africa’s leading women, gender and cultural rights activist and analyst, Nomboniso Gasa and Managing Director of African Perspectives Publishing, Rose Francis, the session will take place at the Club’s new home, the Museum Africa, Bree Street, Newtown Cultural Precinct, Johannesburg, 18th August 2012 at 14H00. “It is very unfortunate that as our country is faced with such a high rate of illiteracy, shortage of libraries and poor academic results, we have books been squandered in such a shameful manner. The delay in providing learners with books is also unacceptable. How do we hope to improve the pass rate and the general welfare of our people when we deprive them of the very valuable education they so badly need to improve their lives?” said Ms Sindiswa Seakhoa, Convener of the Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club and Accounts Executive Director of the wRite associates We are very happy, continued Ms Seakhoa, to have Mesdames Gasa and Francis as panel members to share with us their views on this issue. The discussion will be robust looking into the role of society, writers, readers and publishers in fighting for human rights. Former child-soldier, author, poet and human rights activist Mr. Leonardo Mulaja, will facilitate the discussion. The programme will also include the kiddie’s and Teens’ sessions. Ms Seakhoa also announced that from this month, August, the Miriam Tlali Reading & Book Club will be housed at the Museum Africa. We are very grateful for the support from the Museum Africa management. We invite book lovers, readers and the community to join us. Entrance is free and there will be books for sale. Please note only cash sales are accommodated. On the 19th August at 13H00 to 15H30, the wRite associates will be at Ga-Tsebe Reading & Book Club Celebrating Women’s day. The Ga-Tsebe Reading & Book Club was established in July last year as part of the Nelson Mandela International Day. The Club meets once every third Sunday of the Month. For more information, please contact the wRite associates on 011 791 3585;

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