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The Pavement Bookworm


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A homeless young man sits on the side of a road trying to make a living - but he's not panhandling. In fact, he refuses to beg. Instead, he's selling books.

Meet Philani Dladla, the Pavement Bookworm of Johannesburg, South Africa. Philani carries with him a stack of books (that he has read) wherever he goes. On request, he will review the book, the author, the publisher - and if you like it, he will sell you the book in order to raise money.

South African cinematographer Tebogo Malope interviewed man, whose story has gone viral. "He has read all the books in his collection and is always seeking for more to read," Malope said to SA People News, "He then sells some of his books as a way to raise money for himself and some of his homeless friends. I’m appealing to anyone that can contribute somehow into his life."

"He’s a great role model on the power of reading and can be an amazing ambassador for our young people."

Take a look at the fascinating story of the Pavement Bookworm:


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Perhaps because in the face of adversity, he did not resort to begging or violence, but instead tried to apply his love of reading to make a living? I think he's quite an enterprising young man.
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Cool story--and I admire his love of reading--but how is a guy who has to panhandle to survive "a great role model for the power of reading?!" Or, for that matter, a "role model for our young people?"
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