Free e-books for Gautrain passengers

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SOUTH AFRICA: The Gautrain Management Agency has partnered with Bookboon to make textbooks and business e-books available to Gautrain passengers as from 06 September 2016.

The Bridging the Gap initiative will ensure that for the next 12 months, Gautrain passengers will be able to download free online books from the Bookboon website in the field of engineering, IT, marketing, finance and entrepreneurship.

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi said that Gautrain is delighted about the Bridging the Gap initiative as education in South Africa is generally expensive, especially the cost of books.

“The Bridging the Gap initiative does not only offer business and professional books online but forms part of Gautrain’s ongoing endeavour of ensuring that customer experience on the train is of high quality and our service continues to offer value add,” said Vadi.

He added that the partnership between Gautrain and Bookboon will ensure that Gautrain continues to change people’s lives for the better through efficient public transport and by contributing to the creation of personal development opportunities.

Bookboon is a free e-book service that was launched in London a few years ago. Since last year it has established a footprint in Africa with over five million free e-books distributed in South Africa and over 15 million across the African continent.

Bookboon currently contributes about R2billion to South Africa's education system, boasting 1million downloads of books in SA - allowing students to save up to R20 000 year.

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