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'Pavement bookworm' finally gets a break

By Sowetan LIVE | 2014-08-21 13:08:57.0 | COMMENTS [ 13 ]

Philani Dladla is not just another person on the corner of the streets asking for money. This young bookworm has found an interesting way to get through the hardships of being homeless.

Hailing from Port Shepstone in KZN, Philani Dladla has found some solace in the heart of Johannesburg by sharing the stories he reads with drivers during peak-hour traffic.

Drug-addiction has been the main cause of Dladla's woes that led to him losing his job, apartment and most of the life he had before this.

Dubbed the 'pavement bookworm' by many, Dladla says his love for literature was first ignited when he received a book for his twelfth birthday.

Dladla reads the books he collects then reviews them for passers-by; if they like the book they buy it.

"The more I read, the more I wanted to be a better person in my life. I decided to share stories with other people. I didn't just want to beg. I wanted to give something back to the person that shared their money with me. I wanted to give people value for their money," he says.

Dladla receives books through donations and also buys some with his own money.

Apart from the little money Dladla makes by selling books,  he also shares his stories with the children on the streets.

He has formed a book club with these children who love to read and share with others what they have read.

This pavement bookworm now has a PR company representing him and is currently working on his own book.

"My book is going to be out there. It will launch on 27 February 2015, on my birthday. Through this book, you will understand my life journey."

Also read: Pavement bookworm to give TEDx talk

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maneater

good for you Mgabadeli!

2014-08-21 14:11:14.0 | 0 replies
2014-08-21 14:28:12.0 | 1 replies

RobinX

And that piece of tribalist crap?

2014-08-21 15:02:43.0 | 0 replies

nevermind1

"My book is going to be out there. It will launch on 27 February 2015, on my birthday. Through this book, you will understand my life journey." SA alive with possibilities

2014-08-21 14:43:00.0 | 0 replies

RobinX

A big UP to you, Sir.

2014-08-21 15:02:23.0 | 0 replies

Jengele

Goodluck Bra with everything and that's shows that you have aknowledged what you did as the biggest mistake of your life. I will buy your book, make it interesting so that I can finish reading it. Please Sowetan follow up on it on January.

2014-08-21 15:08:13.0 | 0 replies

Home_wrecker

If only more blacks can follow this chap example.

2014-08-21 15:11:11.0 | 0 replies

Pitso.MCCMA.SAFA

There is nothing to learn from this guy. People should get to a fact that being a better person in life should not start from drug addict,jail term,ny.aope spcialist and rehabilitation centre before graduating into self-proclaimed role model. Everything he is doing might be under the influence of the long lasting drugs or guilt feeling to maby rape during his drug courses. We should not celebrate these ex-drugs based role models. Like Dj Sbu,the moron is desperate to motivate everybody on the world after discovering his positive HIV status. Where was DJ sbu when HIV was in its onset stage propagating from the poorest to middle class? He thought that was reserved for the poors, not until Fikile Mbalula impregnated a prostitute when the Dj realised and began to posture himself as the best ANC motivational puppet. We should learn to live the clean culture and celebrate it as it is.We are today stuck with Nkandla due to mediocritical celebrations in our culture.

2014-08-21 15:49:58.0 | 2 replies

Shredder

"People should get to a fact that being a better person in life should not start from drug addict,jail term,ny.aope spcialist and rehabilitation centre before graduating into self-proclaimed role model. "

I can sense that your mind is full of bees and locusts. You can't say you a better person if you didn't start bad elsewhere. If you start being perfect, how can you be better because you are perfect already? That is why Jesus say that He did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.

2014-08-21 22:39:45.0 | 0 replies

RobinX

"nothing to learn" from him? WTF? WHat kind of sick freak are you, or are you the image of perfection - some new messiah? A$$HOLE!

2014-08-22 08:12:16.0 | 2 replies

zazezi

Exactly my thought. People make mistakes and learn from them, it's part of life!

2014-08-22 09:49:34.0 | 0 replies

The_Baws

Robin, can you please ease up on the cursing. Thanks

2014-08-22 17:03:04.0 | 0 replies

njayelife

Go for it ntwana

2014-08-22 12:54:04.0 | 0 replies
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