The Pavement Bookworm
Via SA people news
Philani is a bookworm who has chosen to review and sell books rather than resort to begging. He shows up on different streets of Johannesburg with a pile of books, and on request he will review the books, the authors, the publishers.
“He has read all the books in his collection and is always seeking for more to read,” says Tebogo. “He then sells some of his books as a way to raise money for himself and some of his homeless friends. I’m appealing to anyone that can contribute somehow into his life.
“He’s a great role model on the power of reading and can be an amazing ambassador for our young people.”
In the video (see below) Philani notes that “reading is not harmful. There is no thing as harmful knowledge” and highlights the virtues of reading, reminding us how much better a book can make a person’s life, a child’s life, and the life of someone in an old age home.
We also love that Philani gives away children’s books for free so that someone can give it to a child and the child can hopefully turn reading into a life-long habit. Watch a short video on Philani below.