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New status for Cape Town's Centre for the Book

South Africa’s Centre for the Book has been recognised by the Department of Arts & Culture as a ‘Special Project’ of the National Library.

Projects and staff now fall under the auspices of The Book Development Foundation (BDF), a Section 21 Company whose membership reflects the widest range of stakeholders in the book world, including librarians, publishers, printers, booksellers, writers, paper manufacturers and educators. The BDF will manage all donor funds.

Centre for the Book aims to promote the writing, publishing, reading, marketing and distribution of South African books in order to develop a truly South African literary culture. The Centre’s core functions are book development, lobbying, raising awareness, advocacy and acting as a hub of information and as an advice centre for the book world.


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