We Delivered Literacy at Pizza Hut Ghandi Square

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In the heart of the bustling Johannesburg CBD, media, influencers, team members, school kids and TV crews filled Pizza Hut Ghandi Square to the launch of the Pizza Hut African Literacy Project.  Pizza Hut Ghandi Square is our 100th store in Sub-Saharan Africa, and a perfectly fitting location for the day. Any event hosted on home soil will be special, but this particular event had a few extras, that definitely made it one for the books.


The Stars of Boepakitso Primary

If you have seen any of our videos, posters, flyers, or in fact this very website, you’ll have seen the children of Boepakitso Primary. They helped us get the Pizza Hut African Literacy Project off the ground. In fact they were the first group of learners we explored the Red Reading Boxes with. So having the likes of Smiley – the smiling boy on our posters – attend the event, meant the world to us. (Yes, that is 100% his real name!)


A Truly Worthy Beneficiary

The Johannesburg Children’s Home is the beneficiary of Pizza Hut Ghandi Square. This is an established organization that has made a fundamental difference to countless children’s lives. We are honored to be able to help them continue their great work. A round of applause for MLP Group – our franchise partner – for their generous donation of R10 000 to the Johannesburg Children’s Home. What a way to get started.

The Maker of Red Reading Boxes: READ

The Pizza Hut Red Reading Boxes we have been delivering across Africa have not been thrown together randomly. They have been carefully designed by our partner group, READ Educational Trust, to include materials and activities designed to stimulate learning and comprehension. The READ team were at the Pizza Hut Ghandi Square event, so the children got to explore their Red Reading Boxes with the best of the best. 

A Start Studded Guest List

Media and influencers were certainly not in short supply on the day. We had the Daily Sun, ENCA, Business Report, Royal News Africa, The New Age, and the Expresso Show covering the event. And brushing shoulders with them were the likes of stand-up comedian Chris Forrest , and Masterchef South Africa judge Pete Goffe-Wood. So all in all, it felt like a bit of a red carpet affair.


We’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who came through, and put in the extra effort to make the day at Pizza Hut Ghandi Square the success it was. We’d list you all by name, but then this blogpost would be more akin to a Thesis!

Pizza Hut Botswana is next on the agenda, so onward we go!


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Downloadable press resources and photographs: https://pizzahutafricanliteracyproject.prowly.com

For interviews with the General Manager of Pizza Hut Africa, Ewan Davenport, please contact Lizzy Moletsane –  lizzy@platocomms.co.za / +27 (0) 83 256 3918 / +27 (0) 11 886 0211


The Slice of Africa is Pizza Hut Africa’s contribution to the global initiative called Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project. Established in 2016, Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project was created to encourage literacy through providing reading resources and engaging customers to make a difference for the cause. In its first year, the global campaign impacted 15.9 million people and distributed more than 275,000 books and educational resources to communities in the U.S., Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica and South Africa.

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