South African children are keen readers, they just cannot afford books, a survey has found.
“It was found that most young South Africans enjoy reading, and want to read more, but are held back by the cost and availability of books,” said market research company Pondering Panda’s spokeswoman Shirley Wakefield.
She said the government should support the youth by making it easier to access books.
“Two things it can do right now are expand the library system, and make books VAT-exempt, so that they become more affordable for young people… 88% [of people] said they would definitely buy more books if they cost less.”
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