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SA Rugby on Saturday marked World Book Day with the announcement that it would open its seventh Boks for Books library, in the Nelson Mandela Bay region, on 23 June as its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) project continues to make a difference in peoples’ lives throughout the country.

The new library will mark the second of its kind in the Eastern Cape, with the other being at the Gcobani Higher Primary School in the Mdantsane Township, nestled between East London and King William’s Town.

SA Rugby’s Boks for Books initiative involves supplying fully-stocked mobile or refurbished libraries to previously disadvantaged schools within South Africa. The programme was born of a desire to make a different contribution to South African society.The objectives of World Book Day (WBD) include raising awareness about the importance of reading, to offer people access to books, provide education on how to take care of library books and to celebrate books.

“We are delighted to mark World Book Day with the announcement that we will be launching our seventh Boks for Books library in exactly two months,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

“We are thrilled about the prospect of making a difference in many more people’s lives with the provision of a new library in the Nelson Mandela Bay region, and we hope to see the learners at the school we select and the surrounding communities, benefit from this library in future.

“SA Rugby chose education and literacy as a focus area for our CSI initiative as it is priority for a national government and there are clear synergies with rugby. Springboks are made in schools and every one of them values the chances they have been given through their schooling.

SA Rugby’s six other Boks for Books libraries are housed at the Gcobani Higher Primary School in Mdantsane, Kwamanzini Primary School in the KwaNdengezi District in Pinetown, Sekwati Primary School in Soweto, Groenheuwel Primary School in Paarl, JJ Rhode Primary School in Elsenburg, Stellenbosch, and Moipone Primary School in Thaba ‘Nchu, east of Bloemfontein.

The World Book Day national celebrations in South Africa are coordinated by the Centre for the Book, an outreach unit of the National Library of South Africa, which is mandated to promote a culture of reading, writing and publishing in all local languages and to provide easy access to books for all.

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