National launch of the Mobile Library Project – November 2011 (11/17/2011)

Giving the gift of education through Mobile Libraries

On 17 November 2011 SAPESI and the Department of Basic Education co-hosted an event in Pretoria celebrating the expansion of the existing Mobile Library Services to cover all 9 provinces, due to the handover of an additional 11 Mobile Libraries to the remaining 5 provinces.

The Japanese Ambassador, Mr Ozawa, was in attendance along with the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs A Motshekga. Approximately 130 invitees consisting of guests from the Department of Basic Education, Provincial Departments of Education, members of SAPESI’s Advisory Board, corporate sponsors, and members of the media attended the function.

The ceremony took place in the foyer of the conference hall of the Department of Basic Education in Pretoria. As the master of ceremonies, Mr Tim Modise’s humourous introductions set the mood for the rest of the proceedings. Three Mobile Libraries were parked at the venue to showcase the incredible work being done by SAPESI through the Mobile Library initiative.

The objective of the launch was to:

  • Celebrate the extended Mobile Library coverage to all 9 provinces in South Africa with the handing over of 11 Mobile Libraries to the 5 remaining provinces
  • Celebrate the partnership and highlight the positive work being done by the DBE and SAPESI
  • Thank Japan and SAPESI’s corporate sponsors for their on-going support to education in South Africa


Gift book to Motshekga
Tim Modise
The SABC interviews Motshekga at the National launch