I earn quite a bit of my income from South African publishers. The South African government is attempting to institute a policy where one textbook in each subject is prescribed for the entire country. The petition explains why this is a bad idea for students and teachers, but it is also a disastrous idea for writers and publishers.
In Southern Africa, South Africa is the only place where a trade market for fiction is viable. But often this is only because the publisher can make good income from the educational market. If the SA government's policy is implemented it will mean only a few publishers (most likely big internationals) will have a part of that pie. Without the educational publishing money, many publishers will be forced to close up shop. This will mean that even fewer writers will find a place to be published. In short, it will be a disaster.
So please, take a minute to sign this petition. Thanks!