Book Week ambassador Zakes Bantwini wants indigenous languages

IT'S HIM: Provincial arts and culture department says Zakes Bantwini addressed learners at a Mpumalanga public library and encouraged them to read. PICTURE BY Channel24

Dance and music star Zakes Bantwini is the new national ambassador of the National Book Week 2016.

As a national ambassador, Bantwini is tasked with attracting young people and encouraging them to love the art of reading.

The initiative is called “a reading promotion initiative” and is run by the South African Book Development Council with the country’s arts and culture department and also aims to produce youths who are also interested in writing because by reading you get inspired to write.

Mpumalanga provincial arts and culture spokeswoman Sibongile Nkosi told 013NEWS late on Tuesday that during the celebration of the National Book Week 2016 in Mpumalanga’s Glenmore public library on Tuedsay, Bantwini “addressed the learners and encouraged them to read books, more especially in indigenous languages”.

“He emphasized on the subject that indigenous books should be promoted,” said Nkosi, “as did MEC Norah Mahlangu during her address at the ZM Mkhwanazi public library in Glenmore”.

(edited by MLM)

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