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World's largest book fair on a boat in Durban

The Durban-born director of the MV Logos Hope says many African countries and not just South Africa are facing severe drought conditions. 

 MV Logos Hope - floating book fair
Chanelle Lutchman

The world's largest floating book fair, docked in the Port of Durban, was launched in the city yesterday. 


Seelan Govender says his experiences abroad have shown him drought is affecting people across the continent.


"From Tanzania and Mozambique, coming down to South Africa it's a similar situation where thousands are facing starvation simply because the rains have not come and that is a huge concern for us. 


"I think there are many other countries that are in the same situation," he said.


Govender, who grew up in Phoenix, says it feels good to step back onto South African soil after being at sea for more than a decade.


Meanwhile, the Captain of the MV Logos Hope, Tom Dyre has encouraged locals to visit the vessel as part of National Library Week commemorations.


It's open to the public and will be in Durban until April 3.

 MV Logos Hope - floating book fair
Chanelle Lutchman
 MV Logos Hope - floating book fair
Chanelle Lutchman
 MV Logos Hope - floating book fair
Chanelle Lutchman
 MV Logos Hope - floating book fair
Chanelle Lutchman
 MV Logos Hope - floating book fair
Chanelle Lutchman

(Photos: Chanelle Lutchman)

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