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The Pavement Bookworm

 The Big Issue South Africa - South Africa 21 March 2019

Philani Dladla fought off addiction and homelessness, finding solace and a whole new life through books. After a YouTube clip of him reading a book on the street in Johannesburg went viral, Dladla’s story seized his country’s imagination. It led to media interest, radio interviews, a TEDX talk, even slots on television news. The Big Issue South Africa met “The Pavement Bookworm” to learn how he is passing on his passion for reading to youngsters on the street. (866 Words) - By Helen Moffett

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A YouTube video showing Philani Dladla reading a book on the streets of Johannesburg made him famous. He fought off addiction and homelessness, finding solace and a whole new life through books.Credit: Martin Rhodes

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A YouTube video showing Philani Dladla reading a book on the streets of Johannesburg made him famous. He fought off addiction and homelessness, finding solace and a whole new life through books.Credit: Martin Rhodes

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A YouTube video showing Philani Dladla reading a book on the streets of Johannesburg made him famous. He fought off addiction and homelessness, finding solace and a whole new life through books.Credit: Martin Rhodes

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A YouTube video showing Philani Dladla reading a book on the streets of Johannesburg made him famous. He fought off addiction and homelessness, finding solace and a whole new life through books.Credit: Martin Rhodes

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A YouTube video showing Philani Dladla reading a book on the streets of Johannesburg made him famous. He fought off addiction and homelessness, finding solace and a whole new life through books.Credit: Martin Rhodes


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