“We Want More Audio Books’ read some of the placards of marchers this morning.
This crowd had members of the SA Library for the Blind, writers and people interested in literacy and education. The aim of the march was to educate people from all racial and language groups about the importance of literacy, and why it must be encouraged.
“As much as English is a common language, we need to preserve all our languages,” said Nomsa Mnyakama, a teacher from the rural Transkei.
The crowd marched along High Street, the Somerset Street and onto Lucas Avenue, all the way to Eden Grove, on Rhodes University campus, all the while in full flow of traditional African songs and dressed.
At Eden Grove, the writers-- from such districts as Alfred Nzo and UKhahlamba—submitted their written work.
They were addressed by Rhodes University VC Dr. Saleem Badat and EC MEC for Arts, Culture Sports, Xoliswa Tom.