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C J Langenhoven Library Receives Donation

Photo FLTR: Phumla Mfuku: Snr Librarian, Kobus Minnie: Author, Deidre Carelse: Library Manager

Oudtshoorn, 07 May 2024 The CJ Langenhoven Library recently received a donation from Kobus Minnie, a native of Oudtshoorn and former student of Hoërskool Oudtshoorn.  He donated two valuable children’s books. These books are a lasting contribution to the library’s literary heritage, honoring the legacy of one of Oudtshoorn’s beloved writers.

Minnie’s passion for writing began early in his life when he studied Afrikaans as one of his subjects. He embarked on his creative journey while in school but initially kept his works to himself. However, in 2020, he found the courage to begin publishing, releasing his first children’s book through Malherbe Publishers titled “Jan Dassie’s Adventures.” The book was inspired by the adventures of dassies he observed at Die Punt in Mossel Bay.

Rooikappie and the Lockdown” and other stories, with a Christian theme, are also part of Minnie’s publications. He is currently involved in composing poetry and short stories. In addition to his writing work, Kobus is participating in voice recordings for a radio drama. The beautiful illustrations in his books are the work of Jessica Minnie, his niece.

Furthermore, Minnie in collaboration with the CJ Langenhoven Library, is hosting a competition for children aged ten and under, and he is sponsoring a PNA gift voucher worth R200.00. The CJ Langenhoven Memorial Library is delighted to have such committed individuals like Kobus Minnie in the community, who not only create value for the current generation but also pave a path of inspiration for the next generation of writers and readers. This gesture illustrates Kobus Minnie’s passion for promoting reading and creativity among young readers.

The competition kicked off on 07 April 2024. The books have been catalogued and are kept behind the counter for the children interested in participating in the competition. There is only one copy of each book and therefore each book will be issued for one week only – for more children to take part in the competition.  Kids should visit the CJ Langenhoven Library to participate.