Novus Holdings has sponsored seven mobile libraries to Phumelela Primary School situated in Kwa Mashu, KwaZulu-Natal. These mobile libraries can be wheeled from one classroom to another, which makes it easily accessible to all learners.
In September 2015, the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga issued a call to all South Africans to make South Africa a reading nation, which was called the ‘Read to Lead campaign’. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) launched the one thousand school libraries campaign. One thousand libraries, reading corners or container libraries will be built or refurbished every year to ensure that by 2019 every school has access to adequate reading material, especially to encourage recreational reading.
As a comprehensive commercial printing and manufacturing operation in South Africa, Novus Holdings operates a nationwide network of specialised plants. Mike Ehret, group executive for government and Africa at Novus Holdings advised that the group was proud to partner with the ‘Read to Lead campaign’ and urged all South Africans to come on board, ‘We need to give books as gifts, read to our children and get them to read to us. This cannot be done in schools alone, we need to be reading in our homes as well,’ said Ehret.
The roll-out of the libraries was coordinated and managed by Ahmed Motala of the New Africa Education Foundation, an NPO that has partnered with Novus Holdings and the DBE.