ISSUED BY PROF MTUTUZELI MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR EDUCATION
Week provides all South Africans with an opportunity to reflect, as well as
decisively act, upon the appalling rate of illiteracy in our country.
The value of literacy in our society must not be underestimated. It is without a
doubt one of the single most important skills to empower citizens to take up
their constitutional and economic rights. The rate of literacy directly
influences the rate of employment, continued illiteracy places South Africa in a
The UDM calls on government to urgently address the inequalities leading to
illiteracy, be they gender, age or finance related, thereby giving effect to the
economic and democratic right of every citizen of South Africa.
an endeavour to promote the literacy efficiency of every South Africa, the UDM
Parliamentary Caucus has pledged to donate on a monthly basis for the next year
magazines to a Cape Town secondary school. In the same vein magazines and
newspapers will be donated to a local municipal library for use in Adult
The UDM challenges government and all political parties to actively promote the
importance of effective literacy for adults as well as children.
Prof Mtutuzeli Mbadi, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Education
082 556 5048
03 September 2001