Bureaucrats throw the book


Bureaucrats throw the book

Issues of race and exclusion are threatening Durban’s status as Africa’s only Unesco City of Literature as bureaucrats throw the book at committee over quotas.

Durban’s status as Africa’s only recognised Unesco City of Literature is in the balance as issues of race and exclusion have seen the project grind to a near halt.

It appears that political interests may be overriding literary considerations in a project that, until December 2017, was running at breakneck speed in order to celebrate the city’s newly acquired global status and to be represented at a key meeting in April in Iowa City in the US. That is of course until city bureaucrats took the reins and became more worried about quotas on a voluntary board than the nuts and bolts of the project. 

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