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Sunday, October 27, 2013


(Gcina Mhlophe and learners from Hlahlindlela High School in Inanda pictured during their school library makeover in August facilitated by the Gcinamasiko Art and Heritage Trust)

The annual Gcinamasiko Storytelling and Book Celebration Festival was held at the Diakonia Centre on October 25.

Gcinamasiko is a key project of Dr Gcina Mhlophe – internationally respected Durban story-teller, author, activist, poet, playwright and director. Much of Mhlophe’s energy currently is spent on encouraging young South Africans to read, and supporting projects to stock rural libraries for young people with culturally-relevant books.

The festival saw the official launch of the Braille edition of Mhlophe’s book, Stories Of Africa, translated into Braille by BIBLIONEF South Africa and published by University of KZN Press.

The motivational speaker for the day was the famous writer, poet and artist, Musa Zulu. Disabled in a car crash at the age of 23, he is a tireless campaigner for people with disabilities.

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