Eight Mobile Libraries shipped to South Africa (4/1/2013)

SAPESI-Japan exported four Mobile Library units to the Free State (April 2013) as well as four to the KZN Departments of Education (May 2013). This was possible due to the financial support of various sponsors including the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and MOL (Mitsui OSK Line) for the shipping of the vehicles to South Africa.

To commemorate this event, SAPESI-Japan organised a departure ceremony in Tokyo. The function was hosted by the South African Embassy of Tokyo on 16 April 2013 at their new premises.

The main guests were Ms. Mohau Pheko, the South African ambassador, Mr. Makoto Ishii, the TICAD ambassador (Tokyo International Conference on African Development), Mr. Toshitaka Shishito (vice-president of MOL), Mr. Shiro Kambe (vice-president of Sony) as well as other sponsors, supporters and members of the media.

The guests enjoyed South African wines and tasty canapés provided by the embassy and viewed the Mobile Library bus that was on display.