Monday the 3rd of September
Stories are part of the culture and wealth of our communities. They have the power to teach, inspire, excite, connect and soothe. We see stories come alive as we share them every day on train platforms, in taxis, in church, in class or around a fire at night. We all have stories to tell. This year we celebrated our national book week from the 3rd to the 7th of September. On the 3rd of September 2018, the Library Committee hosted the Assembly and our invited guest was Mr Fanafikile Lephakha. Mr Lephakha has established a coaching and training company called Mind Refinery and is also a Master Facilitator and Fire Walking Instructor. He spoke about the importance of books in one’s life. He outlined that at first he was not fond of books and could relate to students who have not yet discovered a love for books when he said, “You might not like books because you have not found the genre you love.” Mr Lephakha discussed three books that have changed his life: 1. ‘The Sky is the Limit’ by Matefo Morakeng 2. ‘Little Voice Mastery’ by Blair Singer 3. ‘Billionaires Under Construction’ by DJ Sbu. At the end of his talk, he left the audience firm believers in the well-known quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero: “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
Written by Siphosethu Bhayi
Friday the 7th of September
The week continued with fun activities that encouraged students to engage with books more often. These activities included the book “synopsis” quiz on African Literature. Books such as ‘Period Pains’ and ‘Spilt Milk’ by Kopano Matlwa; ‘Americanah’ and ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and ‘Born a Crime’ by Trevor Noah. This engaging and fun activity in the evening ended with a movie.