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The South African Booksellers Association would like to congratulate Ugan Poobalan, and the Van Schaik Team on his appointment as Managing Director of Van Schaik Bookstores.

Ugan has a long history in bookselling starting with Juta Bookstores, and with over 18 years at Van Schaik Bookstore, he has a wealth of experience in the industry and the Academic Bookselling sector.

Van Schaik Bookstores have been long standing members and their team have been active participants in the SA Booksellers Association. The Association looks forward to continue working with Ugan and his team to promote Academic Bookselling, Bookselling, a Culture of Reading and furthering Education in South Africa.

We would also like to convey our best wishes to Stephan Erasmus the outgoing MD who has served a number of roles with the South Africa Booksellers Association including on the National Executive and in the Academic Sector, during his 25 years at Van Schaik Bookstores.

Stephan was instrumental in the Association’s attempt to Zero Rate VAT on Books, submissions to government for Taxation Policy on Imported Books and Digital Content, and with the formation and leadership of the Alliance for Academic Success, where we engaged the Department of Higher Education to ringfence NSFAS Textbook Funds.

Mohamed Kharwa

President of the South African Booksellers Association


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