Van Schaik Bookstore, winner of the 2012 Sefika Best Academic bookseller award and one of the leading academic tertiary booksellers in South Africa opened stores for the first time on two campuses of Walter Sisulu University in July.
Van Schaik believes that every student should have an opportunity to excel, compete and reach their full potential. Therefore the company deems it important to bring books within reach of every student studying at a tertiary institution in South Africa. The stores on the campuses of Potsdam and Whittlesea will give students the opportunity to purchase their prescribed and recommended textbooks, dictionaries, stationery and other related academic material. Students will have an option to use cash or credit, while Van Schaik also facilitates sales to students with bursaries.
'We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the university community of these two campuses. However, we are mindful that the help and support of the entire university community will be a key factor to the success of these stores. We are looking forward to a great and mutual beneficial relationship with Walter Sisulu University and its students,' comments Stephan Erasmus, MD Van Schaik Bookstore. Lecturers will need to assist with booklists containing information such as the desired prescribed book(s) with related information, such as student numbers and dates by which students would require the books.
Unathi Yonana is the manager at Potsdam and can be contacted at Unathi.firstname.lastname@example.org; while Phumza Mateyisa has been appointed at Whittlesea and can be contacted at Phumza.email@example.com. Students can visit the shop Monday to Friday between 08h00 & 17h00 and Saturdays from 8h00 to 13h00.
Van Schaik Bookstore, has 56 stores countrywide, two stores in Namibia, an online store as well as a library and direct sales division. The opening of the two stores on Walter Sisulu University brings the total stores in the Eastern Cape to nine (9) Van Schaik stores. The other stores can be found in Alice, Mthatha, Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth has three and East London.