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Press Invite


Our theme for 2015:

What People say about Jozi Book Fair 2014!!!

Comrade Maria

I'm back in Ohio. I'd like to thank you and Oupa and your staff for the wonderful time I had there.
Zakes [Mda, Guest of the JBF] 
Dear Maria
I am the one who should be saying thank you for doing what you are doing for South Africa. What you are doing is selfless. So on behalf of South Africa and everyone who attended the JBF thank you and I will personally continue to support you wherever I can. Please also pass my gratitude to everyone who is involved behind the scenes in making JBF a success. A million thanks.
Onkabetse Pooe (journalist)


To everyone who supported this year’s fair, especially the children, school youth, students and book clubs, all our readers and writers, panelists, moderators, the media and the public, the JBF thanks you most sincerely.
A special thanks to the Guest of the Fair, Zakes Mda. Zakes you inspired us, lifted our spirits and encouraged us with your work and your generosity of spirit.
Despite 20 years of democracy, it is clear that building a reading and writing culture in all South Africa’s languages will take dedication, time, patience and love. Thank you most sincerely for contributing to building this movement, the JBF is but a platform, we cannot do it alone.
We will communicate with you to assess the fair and plan for 2015!
Maria van Driel


Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Elizabeth Thabethe & Director of Jozi Book fair Dr. Maria Van Driel.