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2014 South African Book Fair Satisfies Book Lovers’ Appetites

The 2014 South African Book Fair, which took place between 13 and 15 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, has been hailed as a success.

With over 120 events, access to 100 authors, illustrators, storytellers, book critics, puppet shows, book launches and book club brunches on offer under one roof, visitors were truly spoilt for choice.

For Batya Green-Bricker, the Fair’s Programme Director, the 2014 South African Book Fair attracted crowds from all walks of life, “Book lovers and casual readers were drawn into the magic of what the Fair had to offer. Books provided an escape, inspiration, education and entertainment. Whoever you are, whatever your reason for reading or picking up a book, the SABF was a space and time dedicated to making all sorts of books come to life.”

This year the fair attracted several thousand visitors, which is on par with the 2012 South African Book Fair. Other memorable highlights of the 2014 South African Book Fair included:

• Children shrieking with glee at the sight of the larger-than-life Gruffalo, Peter Rabbit, Spot the Dog, Maisy Mouse, and Where’s Wally. Children were also transported into a whimsical world with the Two Oceans Aquarium puppet shows
• Hearing the views of three brilliant minds and personalities in three judges, Justice Edwin Cameron, Justice Albie Sachs and Justice Lee Bozalek
• Seeing how education publishers have so successfully bridged the physical-digital divide. This includes the technological advancement of the Humanware Braillenote Apex BT32 Braille notetaker, which will empower South Africa’s visually challenged students in the 21st Century. This was showcased by Pearson and Edit Microsystems
• Squeezing more chairs into an event venue to accommodate the overflow of listeners – especially in the self-publishing slots
• Neil Stemmert talking heritage food with his poetical and authentic combination of English and Afrikaans
• The diverse audience drawn by Professors Njabulo Ndebele and Harry Garuba’s talk on how to write our African story.

According to Siphiwo Mahala, Head of Books and Publishing at the Department of Arts and Culture: “The South African Book Fair is an important platform in our endeavour to develop a literate and reading society. The importance of literacy and a vibrant culture of reading cannot be overemphasised. Literacy underpins development in all sectors of society in a modern world and contributes not only to a knowledge economy, but also stimulates economic growth and job creation.”

Due to the widespread popularity of the South African Book Fair, the Publisher’s Association of South Africa (PASA) has opted to nationalise the Fair. The 2015 South African Book Fair will take place in Johannesburg. “In line with requests from a number of key stakeholders, PASA believes that by positioning the Fair nationally, this will increase interest with current participants from a location point of view. In addition, we are targeting increased involvement with new regional stakeholders,” comments Mpuka Radinku, the Executive Director of PASA.


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Win a Hamper of Books to Celebrate the South African Book Fair

 
In celebration of the upcoming South African Book Fair, taking place this weekend (13 – 15 June) Books LIVE is giving away three book hampers!

The hampers are sponsored by Jonathan Ball Publishers, and include One Hundred Names and Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern, A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin, Inside Seal Team Six by Don Mann, If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon, Until Thy Wrath Be Past by Asa Larsson, Aleph and The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho, Most Wanted by Chris Ryan and The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien.

To stand a chance to win one of the hampers, fill in the form below:


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2014 South African Book Fair Visitors’ Guide and Programme

 
The South African Book Fair is set to take place this weekend from 13 to 15 June at the Cape Town International Convention Center. Those attending can expect to find hundreds of local and global exhibitors and an exciting line-up of authors ready to discuss an array of pressing topics relating to the contemporary book scene.

The official programme offers a veritable feast of voices with a line-up including: Professor Njabulo Ndebele, Judge Edwin Cameron, Dr Xolela Mangcu, author Deon Meyer, analyst Prince Mashele, businessman Victor Kgomoeswana, bestselling author Susan Lewis, storyteller Sindiwe Magona, award-winning Setswana author Sabata-Mpho Mokae, historian Hazel Crampton, sports-analyst Marco Botha and legendary chef Karen Dudley.

The fair runs from 9 AM to 6 PM. Tickets cost R20 – R50 and can be purchased online from PnPay Tickets or at the door on the day. Children under the age of 18 get in free.

Have a look at what is on the agenda:

Rediscovery of the OrdinaryJusticeI Remember Steve BikoKobraThe Fall of the ANCAfrica Is Open For Business
From Robben Island to BishopscourtGa Ke ModisaThe Side of the Sun at NoonCoachAnother Week in the Kitchen

2014 South African Book Fair Visitors’ Guide and Programme by Books LIVE

Taming the TeenagerA Sportful MaliceAgter+bladDubbelspelOf Cops and RobbersPostmortemA School of StruggleAwesome South AfricaDeadly HarvestRaaiselspieelDoing TimeFive Lives at NoonPanoramaLaaste dans, DrienieWonderlike ware dierestoriesGerookEk was hierIncognitoThe GruffaloJojo's Wire CarPoles ApartSushi en sjampanjeThe Long ViewClever Blacks, Jesus and NkandlaAfrica's Peacemaker?South Africa in BRICSQueer AfricaVerwoerdburgThe Jack Bank100 Good IdeasAfrikamasutratjieBabalelaJust Above My HeadDF Malan and the Rise of Afrikaner NationalismThe AfrikanersTaste the World with Jenny MorrisA Girl Walks Into a WeddingCOSATU's Contested LegacyWhat's Gone Wrong?South Africa's Suspended RevolutionAfrica's Urban RevolutionMigrant Women of JohannesburgThe Grand ScamThe Griekwastad MurdersGarden of DreamsOraniaBloody LiesThe Crazy Life of Larry JoeUnimportanceRetreat

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Top 10 Activities for Kids at the 2014 South African Book Fair

From the grizzly Gruffalo to artsy book crafting workshops, there is no end to the plethora of educational, fun and not-to-be-missed activities for children at the 2014 South African Book Fair.

The GruffaloMaisy at the BeachWhere's Wally?BabalelaSpeurhond Willem in die ruimteDogtective William Travels the WorldThe Tiger Who Came to Tea

Taking place from 13-15 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre between 9 AM and 6 PM daily, children of all ages can immerse themselves in a virtual wonderland of books while adults take time to browse, chat to publishers and authors and pick up some great deals on a wide variety of books.

Here is a list of the exciting kids’ activities we have lined up for the South African Book Fair.

1. Learn all about turtles and tortoises at a puppet show brought to you by local experts in underwater entertainment the Two Oceans Aquarium.

2. Meet your favourite book character – The Gruffalo, Maisy, Wally, Babalela and others. You can also meet the real dog from Elizabeth Wasserman’s popular series Dogtective, William/Speurhond Willem.

3. Listen to some of SA’s best storytellers narrating a variety of all time favourite tall tales and short stories.

4. Do join us for a posh tea party with the classic The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

5. For the creative child at heart, there will be colouring in activities throughout the day.

6. Teens have the opportunity to join a writing workshop and learn how to spin a story with style.

7. Win a prize for dressing up as a pirate or princess.

8. Design your own underpants!

9. Make your favourite children’s book come to life with a book-inspired craft to take home.

10. Indulge in a brand new book for your kids and cuddle up in the children zone for your own family storytelling session – the best entertainment of all.

Imaginations will soar and reading will become a favourite pastime at the South African Book Fair. According to programme director Batya Green-Bricker: “The uniqueness of the South African Book Fair is the depth and breadth of the events on offer. Children’s favourite book characters will come to life and parents can share their love of books with their children.”

The programme may be downloaded directly from the South African Book Fair site via this link: http://www.thebereed.co.za/southafricanbookfair/programme/.

Tickets can be purchased online via the South African Book Fair website www.southafricanbookfair.co.za or at the door, with discounts available for Pick n Pay Smart Shopper Card Holders when purchased online. Children under the age of 18 receive free entry.

Ticket prices are as follows:
Full Price Ticket: R50.00
PnP SmartShopper: R25.00
Pensioner Ticket: R20.00
Children under 18: Free

For more information go to www.southafricanbookfair.co.za or call Belinda Unterslak on 011 549 8300 or email belinda@ThebeReed.co.za. Exhibitors and sponsors may contact Louise Barry-Taylor on 011 549 8300 or email louise@ThebeReed.co.za to secure their stand.

Please note that the programme is subject to change

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Final Countdown to the 2014 South African Book Fair

The final countdown to the South African Book Fair has begun and there is so much to look forward to – over 120 events, access to 100 authors, illustrators, storytellers, book critics, puppet shows, book launches and book club brunches under one roof.

CoachJusticeThe Fall of the ANCBecoming Worthy AncestorsRediscovery of the OrdinaryThe Cry of Winnie MandelaKobraLaaste dans, Drienie

The annual South African Book Fair kicks off at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Friday, 13 June and runs until Sunday, 15 June, providing book lovers and casual readers with the opportunity to attend the literature experience of a lifetime.

Book lovers can look forward to exhibitions by aspiring and published authors; book associations; book distributors; book stores; electronic book traders; libraries; literary agents; printers; publishers; and, repro agents, all the while receiving substantial discounts on books. Among the prestigious exhibitors are Pearson, LAPA, ANFASA, Jonathan Ball Publishers, Pan Macmillan, Penguin Random Struik, and the list goes on.

According to Mpuka Radinku, Executive Director of the Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA): “Visitors will be encouraged to interact with publishers, authors and books that may not be considered mainstream, but which are just as exciting and talented as their better-known peers.”

This three-day celebration of the written word will offer visitors over 120 events, access to 100 authors, illustrators, storytellers, book critics, puppet shows, book launches and book club brunches on offer under one roof.

The Fair has been divided into nine predominant themes, to suit every book connoisseurs’ taste. Here is a breakdown of what you can expect at the 2014 South African Book Fair.

Girls love books – a three -day soiree with Susan Lewis
Don’t miss bestselling author Susan Lewis chatting about life, love and everything in between. This theme is perfect for book club babes!

Stories to inspire and entertain you
From the adventure-seeking authors of Poles Apart – Sean Disney and Vaughn de la Harpe to the lessons learnt from coaching champions with Marco Botha, author of Coach, this theme focuses on the inspirational authors of our time.

Sean Disney and Vaughn de la Harpe will discuss their journey in summiting the world’s seven highest peaks and journeying to the North and South Poles, which led to their book Poles Apart.

Marco Botha, author of Coach, will explore what it takes to coach champions. His book, Coach features: Heyneke Meyer, Ian Schwartz, Sherylle Calder, Brendan Venter, Paul Treu, Gary Kirsten and Paddy Upton. Join Marco Botha for a discussion where he delves into the minds, personalities and successes of these South African coaches.

The motivational authors of Books and Bricks – a success story at Manyano School, Sindiwe Magona and Harvard graduate Dr Al Witten will tell the story of a community that moved away from gangsterism, alcoholism and unemployment.

Other highlights will include a talk by award-winning Setswana author Sabata-Mpho Mokae, who will discuss how writing in his mother-tongue opened a world of possibilities for his expression, and none other than Pieter-Dirk Uys, who has written not only his own memoirs but also autobiographies of his alter-egos Evita Bezuidenhout and Bambi Kellermann will discuss the nature of autobiography.

Current affairs
Pertinent debates around issues that we as South Africans face today are also included in the line-up. Join the discussion around the future of the book and e-learning in the South African schooling system.

School Principals and parents Marc Falconer and Gavin Fish, with Obami founder Barbara Mallison will talk about what it takes to educate a child in the 21st Century.

Judge Edwin Cameron, talented author of Justice – A Personal Account will argue that the Constitution offers South Africans our best chance for a just society.

Rolling up our sleeves – a series of in-depth panel discussions that drive to the heart of the matter
This theme will include serious and thought-provoking debates about some of the current issues that our leading thinkers are facing today – Twenty years of democracy: Can the past inform and inspire a better future for South Africa?, Muslims in the South African imagination and how the spirit of Islam manifests in food, the arts and literature and the role of homosexuality in literature today.

Featured authors that will dominate this theme include Prince Mashele, author of The Fall of the ANC, Dr Xolela Mangcu, author of Becoming Worthy Ancestors and Professor Njabulo Ndebele, author of Rediscovery of the Ordinary and The Cry of Winnie Mandela.

Digital books and the future of the book
Those who prefer to catch up on their reading digitally will also find a niche for themselves, with the digital theme at the South African Book Fair.

This theme will address the future of the book as well as the classroom of the future. Ben Williams, Sunday Times books editor and founder of Books LIVE, will talk about the Future of the Book – is there one and what does it look like?

Getting published
A must for aspirant writers and publishers, this series offers workshops and presentations on everything from proofreading to translation, illustration to creative writing. Find out how successful writers write for foreign audiences and how to shoot the lights out with book sales. Also part of the programme is writing and illustration workshops for teens.

A presentation of South Africa’s vibrant Afrikaans literary world
Afrikaans literature fans will get to rub shoulders with authors Chanette Paul, Deon Meyer and Steve Hofmeyer.

Kidzone – for kids age 3 – 7
Kids can fall in love with books, storytelling, show-and-tell, book-inspired craft activities, pirate and princess high tea on the high seas, book breakfasts, puppet shows, and of course some of their favourite larger-than-life book characters – Peter Rabbit, Spot the Dog, Maisy Mouse, Wally, and the inimitable Gruffalo!

Tweens and teens
Young aspirant writers between the ages of 8 and 15 can join in a writing workshop to get the creative juices flowing. Marjorie van Heerden will talk them through characterisation, plot and all aspects of creating a compelling story. There is limited space, so remember, first come first served.

Described as vibrant, colourful and captivating, the Fair aims to create an unforgettable event that has something for everyone. According to Batya Green-Bricker, the Programme Director for the South African Book Fair, “The uniqueness of the South African Book Fair is the depth and breadth of the events on offer. There is truly something for everyone! Books offer escape, inspiration, education and entertainment. Whoever you are, whatever your reason for reading or picking up a book, the SABF is a space and time dedicated to making all sorts of books come to life.”

The programme may be downloaded directly from the South African Book Fair site via this link: http://www.thebereed.co.za/southafricanbookfair/programme/

Tickets can be purchased online via the South African Book Fair website www.southafricanbookfair.co.za or at the door, with discounts available for Pick n Pay Smart Shopper Card Holders when purchased online and children under the age of 18 receiving free entry.

Ticket prices are as follows:
Full Price Ticket: R50.00
PnP SmartShopper: R25.00
Pensioner Ticket: R20.00
Children under 18: Free

For more information go to www.southafricanbookfair.co.za or call Belinda Unterslak on 011 549 8300 or email belinda@ThebeReed.co.za. Exhibitors and sponsors may contact Louise Barry-Taylor on 011 549 8300 or email louise@ThebeReed.co.za to secure their stand.

*Please note that the programme is subject to change

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WIN a Copy of Miranda The Polkadot Panda and Two Stunning Canvas Prints


 
nullIn celebration of the upcoming South African Book Fair, Books LIVE is giving away a copy of Ani Mallover’s enchanting children’s book Miranda The Polkadot Panda and two beautiful canvas prints of illustrations from the story!

Once you are chosen as the lucky winner, you will be able to choose which two pictures from the book you would like to hang on your wall.

Enter the competition here:

Don’t forget to come and say ‘hi’ to Ani at one of the loveliest events of the year – the South African Book Fair!

The South African Book Fair will take place between 13 and 15 June 2014, every day between 9 AM and 6 PM at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

About the book

Miranda The Polkadot Panda is the tale of a cheerful little bear who is blissfully unaware that her polkadotty belly is unusual, until she meets another Panda, the nasty Patrick. Her world is shattered by Patrick’s mean remarks about her spotty fur, so poor Miranda runs far, far away in shock and dismay. Will she return? What adventures will she have on her journey? Will she learn to flaunt the polkadots that make her unique? You’ll have to wait and see!

Written in a quirky, rhyming style and brought to life by bright, joyful illustrations drawn by the author, Miranda The Polkadot Panda is a book that enchants all children, and children at heart!

Terms and conditions

• By entering this competition the participant agrees to the terms and conditions. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into
• The prize will be delivered to the competition winner via registered post. The prize may not be exchanged for cash
• The winner will be contacted directly by the organisers of the South African Book Fair. The winner will be announced on the South African Book Fair Facebook page
• The winner may be required to participate in publicity
• Employees or agencies of Thebe Reed, Books LIVE, Cape Times and PASA or their family members, or anyone else connected with the Prize Draw, may not enter the competition
• Thebe Reed, Books LIVE, Cape Times and PASA accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Prize Draw or accepting the prize. Thebe Reed, Books LIVE, and PASA further disclaim liability for any injury or damage to your or any other person relating to or resulting from participation in connection with the Prize Draw
• Thebe Reed, Books LIVE, Cape Times and PASA shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control.


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A Sneak-peek at This Year’s South African Book Fair Programme


 
Scheduled to take place between the 13 and 15 June 2014, The South African Book Fair is set to offer visitors the literary adventure of a lifetime.

Taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre for a glorious nine hours each day between 9 AM and 6 PM, the Fair promises visitors an exciting line up aimed at all book fans, young and old.

With over 120 events under one roof, and over 100 authors, illustrators, storytellers, book critics, puppet shows, book launches and book club brunches on offer, this year’s Fair is guaranteed not to disappoint. While the official programme is due to be released in May, we thought we would entice you with a preview into some of the exciting events scheduled to take place.

A splendiferous children’s line up

Children will fall in love with the world of books with the exciting programme schedule. The little ones can meet and have their photos taken with the Gruffalo, Maisy, Peter Rabbit and Spot the dog. Visiting tweens will have the opportunity to meet Wally from Where’s Wally and join in a book illustration workshop.

A veritable feast of speakers

Visitors can look forward to a range of speakers, panellists and academics, who will debate and discuss a number of topics from ‘the future of the book’ to ‘the route to self-publishing’. Among the list of illustrious speakers are Judge Edwin Cameron, analyst Prince Mashele, Dr Xolela Mangcu and sports analyst Marco Botha.

Fans of bestselling author Susan Lewis can embark on a three day soiree, during which she will chat about life, love and everything in between over brunch.

A presentation of South Africa’s vibrant Afrikaans literary world

Afrikaans literature fans will get to rub shoulders with authors Chanette Paul, Deon Meyer and Steve Hofmeyer.

Debaters and current affairs curators speak their minds

Pertinent debates around issues that we as South Africans face today are also included in the line-up. Join the discussion around the future of the book and e-learning in the South African schooling system.

Described as vibrant, colourful and captivating, the Fair aims to create an unforgettable event that has something for everyone.

Tickets for the South African Book Fair will be on sale at the door at a cost of R50, and R20 for pensioners. Children under the age of 18 receive free entry. For more information go to www.southafricanbookfair.co.za or call Belinda Unterslak on 011 549 8300 or email belinda@ThebeReed.co.za.

Exhibitors and sponsors may contact Louise Barry-Taylor on 011 549 8300 or email louise@ThebeReed.co.za to secure their stand.

Please note that the programme is subject to change.


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Book Your Stand at the 2014 South African Book Fair

There are only ten weeks for you to book your stand of choice at the much anticipated 2014 South African Book Fair!

For stand bookings, contact Louise Barry-Taylor at Louise@ThebeReed.co.za or 011 549 8300.

Book Your Stand at the 2014 South African Book Fair

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The Impact of the eBook Phenomenon on South African Education

The hotly debated topic “The future of eBooks: the impact of the digital eBook phenomenon” will be the key focus at this year’s South African Book Fair, where the impact of eBooks in the South African education system will come under the spotlight.

Riaan Jonck, CEO of Pearson South Africa, a leading supplier of educational materials and technologies to the student and educator market (and a main exhibitor at this year’s Fair) believes that for the next five years print will retain a role in the South African education system, but that it would be beneficial for schools to start to incorporate a digital aspect into their education approach.

“While the South African market is expressing an interest in introducing digital content and eBooks, there is still a huge textbook market and there are a number of challenges to overcome before we can fully integrate the eBook into our education system,” Jonck says. “As such we have yet to experience the full impact of e-publishing in the education sector.”

Challenges currently facing South Africa include infrastructure to implement a digital solution, access to eBooks, digital rights to content, cost of digital devices, and training of staff. “Schools, colleges and universities need to be clear up front about what they want to achieve by going the digital route, as well as how they intend on implementing the measures required by students to access digital material. In addition, staff members will also need to be trained on how to use the device and how to get the most out of it,” Jonck says.

It is these issues that the Publishers Association of South Africa (PASA) is hoping to bring to the forefront at the 2014 South African Book fair. Mpuka Radinku, executive director of PASA, says: “As the premier event in the country’s literary calendar, we are hoping that the South African Book Fair highlights the potential positive impact of e-publishing within the education sector thereby opening up the avenue to a new kind of digital book retailing. However, this will require that South African publishers work hand-in-hand with the digital world to successfully reach the end consumer.”

Jonck is confident that should South Africa overcome the digital divide, the local education system stands to reap the many potential benefits: “eBooks are convenient and portable. They also foster collaboration as they are interactive and allow students to share notes and interact with teachers at a greater level.”

Jonck goes on to say that South African corporations will be crucial in bridging that divide: “South African corporates are already playing a role in education. Apple, Samsung and Intel are involved in embedding their products in schools and universities. As long as they are focused on achieving positive outcomes that will support improvement in teaching and learning, corporates should be involved.

“The ultimate goal should be to encourage the coexistence of print and digital education material,” he concludes.

Previously known as the Cape Town Book Fair, the South African Book Fair is scheduled to take place from 13-15 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The country’s new, and now national, book fair provides not only unique and interesting insights into the publishing world but also a premier platform for the literary and publishing worlds to gather and trade, network, and exhibit.

Tickets for the South African Book Fair will be on sale at the door at a cost of R50, and R20 for pensioners. Children under the age of 18 receive free entry. For more information, go to www.southafricanbookfair.co.za or call Louise Barry-Taylor on 011 549 8300. Exhibitors can contact louise@ThebeReed.co.za to secure their stand.


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South African Book Fair Call for Speaker And Topic Ideas for 2014

SABF call for speakers and topics

The search is on for speaker and topic ideas at the upcoming 2014 South African Book Fair.

With only three and a half months to go, the countdown to the now national South African Book Fair has begun. Taking place from 13-15 June, the fair, which was previously known as the Cape Town Book Fair, provides not only unique and interesting insights into the publishing world, but also a premier platform for the literary, publishing and all stakeholders in the book value chain to gather and trade, network and exhibit.

It therefore comes at no surprise that exhibitors have been streaming in to book their spot at this much-anticipated literary event. Top publishing names and brands that have already confirmed attendance include Jonathan Ball Publishers, Bargain Books, Via Afrika, Cambridge University Press and ANFASA.

To further leverage value, exhibitors are encouraged to submit topic ideas and their choice of top picks for speakers at the fair’s forums. In the past we have had a great response with exhibitors jostling to have their submissions confirmed.

The future of books: The impact of the digital and e-book phenomenon

“The future of books: A new type of retailing” will be one of the key focus areas of this year’s fair, with publishers, academics, educators and learners coming together to find beneficial ways to work hand-in-hand with the digital world to reach the end consumer successfully.

With the rapid growth of e-publishing, educators, schools and libraries will have access to the latest technological developments in e-reading which will ultimately be a key means to unlocking literacy in Africa.

Technology now not only allows access to textbooks at the touch of a button but a wide array of learning materials are now easily available on your mobile phone. The fair will allow educators the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the latest technological and e-publishing offerings.

To secure your exhibition space and discuss other means to align your brand with the expo, contact Louise Barry-Taylor at Louise@ThebeReed.co.za or +27 11 549 8300.


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