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The Pavement Bookworm

November 2nd 2015


Selling books and book reviews to motorists saved Philani Dladla from a life of addiction and homelessness on the streets of Johannesburg.

Now the 24-year-old has published a book of his inspiring journey entitled The Pavement Bookworm (no relation – the nickname was given by locals!). Initially Dladla used the money he made from selling the books to buy soup and bread for others and save enough to rent a room.

Once he had a roof over his head, he began giving free books to underprivileged children before eventually starting up a Book Reader’s Club for local young people.


Nov/Dec 2015



After life...

Focus: Gimme Shelter

Demand increases for Scottish shelters

In harmony

Capturing a community

Young failed by councils

Squatters take over hotel

Singer Ellie speaks out

Homeless bank closes

New bill extends Right to Buy

Coffee for two

Immigration check fear

SCT marks golden anniversary

Transport land sell-off

Homeless health boost

The Pavement Bookworm

Job centres not fit for purpose

Snatched puppy returned

With dignity

Legal high users call 999


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