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City launches one city one book campaign
​Author, Rosie Motene and Thembinkosi Ngcobo unveiled the book
“Reclaiming the Soil” which was chosen for the 2018 edition of One
City One Book campaign.

IN AN effort to promote a reading and literacy culture in the City, eThekwini Municipality’s Libraries and Heritage Department launched the 2018 edition of the One City One Book campaign, with Rosie Motene’s book titled, “Reclaiming the Soil”.

The launch was held on 4 October at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. An actress and women’s right activist, Motene said she wrote the book to share her 10 year journey of self-discovery. Motene, who was raised by a white foster family recalled how for a long time she struggled with identity, culture and having a sense of belonging due to her upbringing. “I remember wishing that I could just one day grow blonde hair so that I wouldn’t look so different to my friends and peers,” recalled Motene.

She emphasised the importance of South Africans telling their own stories. Head of Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit Thembinkosi Ngcobo said he was impressed with how eThekwini has embraced and owned the One City One Book campaign. “We began this campaign in 2013 and through the years, we have seen a lot more people participating and engaging in literature. The campaign also provides a great opportunity to profile and showcase our local authors,” said Ngcobo.

The launch ended off with an awards ceremony of 10 young people who were chosen as finalists in Extreme Reading Challenge. Kyra Bircher took first prize with her “reading while hand standing” pose. She won a tablet, backpack and stationery pack. Through the One City One Book campaign, the Municipality encourages people to read the chosen book and then engage with the content and message of the book on various platforms, which subsequently ensures a heightened passion for books.

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