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Durban named UNESCO City of literature
​With Durban recently being named the UNESCO City of Literature,
Provincial and City leadership, led by Economic Development and
Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala and eThekwini Mayor
Zandile Gumede, have committed to inculcate a reading culture
through supporting interventions aimed at enriching Durban’s
literary and cultural life.
DURBAN is the first African City to be bestowed with the honour of being a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) City of Literature. The City joins 180 cities from 72 countries that currently make up the network.

The official announcement was made by eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede at a celebration breakfast held at the Durban Art Gallery on 8 November. Mayor Gumede said Durban was approved by UNESCO as being the 22nd City of Literature on 31 October and emphasised that it was the first African City to be honoured with this status.

“We are indeed excited to be part of the network and are committed to building a welcoming and cooperative network that reflects the diversity and richness of the world’s languages and literatures. This will see us pursue through the network, international opportunities that will benefit our local and national literary sectors. This will be achieved by strengthening the relationships between all creative cities around the globe,” said Mayor Gumede.

MEC for Economic Development and Tourism Sihle Zikalala said the City and Province take this recognition by UNESCO as a challenge for the two spheres of government to promote literary tourism as one of the offerings in their tourism basket. “With this recognition we see a definite opportunity of realising our goal of fostering economic growth, job creation, export earnings while promoting social inclusion, cultural diversity and human development through the creative space,” said MEC Zikalala.
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