About Us

Biblionef South Africa

Biblionef was established in France in 1989 by Max Vegelin van Claerbergen, a former Dutch ambassador. It is an international network of independent non-profit organisations and there are currently six depots worldwide – the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Suriname (South America), South Africa, and Ghana serving children worldwide with book donations.

The South African organisation came into being in 1998, with the financial assistance of the international Biblionef body and the government of the Netherlands. Its overarching goal is to provide access to good storybooks to children.

Biblionef SA is a NPC (non-profit company) that operates according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) Book Donation Charter.

It is registered under Section 18A of the South African Income Tax Act and donations are tax deductible. Donors can earn points under the socio-economic development category of their BEE scorecard.


The Team

The Biblionef South Africa team consists of seven staff members. Biblionef makes use of unemployed people to assist with general labour, such as book covering, and the packing and unpacking of books the need arises. The Biblionef South Africa team...

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Board Members

The Board of Biblionef meets four times a year, to ensure that the organisation is well-managed and successful. Board members are motivated and committed. They guide the management team with advice, support and assistance, and oversee the organisation’s...

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Our Vision

Our vision is to create lifelong readers who are good citizens, who can read and think for themselves, resulting in a society where everyone is literate; has access to education and finds reading both a great pleasure and a necessity.

Our Mission

Our mission is to make books available for children (ages three to 18) in all official languages, for reading pleasure and for education and in this way, to lay the foundation for children to make good decisions through critical thinking, and live balanced and productive lives.