ONE CITY ONE BOOK INITIATIVE ENCOURAGES READING CULTURE
By: Pamella Magwaza
Terry Phetho celebrated A Long Walk to Freedom with the Durban Municipality at The Chris Sanders Park in Umhlanga on Saturday.
Young children from different schools around Durban participated in the municipal relay which celebrated South Africa’s long walk to freedom and 20 years of government’s achievement in basic service delivery. The One City
One Book initiative was started by the Municipality to encourage literacy and book reading amongst the youth. Phetho, who is an actress in the recent Long Walk to Freedom movie and guest at the event said, “We need readers as much as we need writers and I am so glad to be here, to be part of this because growing up books are one of the only things I had. I hope I will read one of your (the youth’s) books one day and maybe turn it into a film too.”
The 16 kilometre relay, which started in Newlands and ended at Chris Sanders Park in Umhlanga, symbolised a huge part of the South African history and growth. “This race is a symbol of our country’s long walk to freedom and also how the leaders of the ANC ran the race and passed on the torch first from Mandela then to Mbeki and now Jacob Zuma,” commented Gugu Sithole, communications officer and one of the organizers of the event.
The young learners from different schools such as Victoria Primary School, Sbonelo Secondary School, Greenbury Secondary and even V.N Naik School For The Deaf And Dumb- to name a few, took part in the relay and received medals and copies of the late Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk To Freedom for their participation in the race. “This race was very exciting and I was honoured to be part of it,” said Thembisile Zulu, one of the learners who took part in the relay.