Phambili Agencies – Publishers and Book Distributors

This small to medium sized family business has been in operation since 1994. Our Company was founded by Maria Lastrucci who has had a long career in the book trade.
She has retired but Phambili is now in the very capable hands of her two daughters, Marina Gomes and Rosanna Kalogiannis. It currently employs 16 staff members, including 4 free-lance representatives catering to all our provinces.

We trade mainly in the general bookstores the likes of C.N.A., Exclusive Books, Wordsworth Group, Bargain Books. We have seen the trends and changes in the book trade and have acted accordingly. We go into many more non-traditional outlets such as supermarkets, baby shops, pharmacies etc.

Phambili’s publishing arm has grown tremendously over the last 5 years focusing mainly on Afrikaans Language children books and successfully selling our collection into the main book trade, Baby Specialty Stores (Baby City, Baby Boom), Gift/Novelty, Christian Stores and Leisure Books (South Africa’s foremost mail order company). We also do a number of co-productions with many of our existing publishers producing children’s books into Afrikaans and would like to include some adult non-fiction such as craft titles in the future.

We supply many library suppliers and school suppliers with our books for provincial and urban libraries and school libraries and as class readers.

Our core stock include: children’s books, crafts, business, parenting, family health, home improvement, self-help, biographies, art techniques, DIY., literary fiction, gift box sets etc.

This way of thinking, has stood us well in these difficult times and look forward to an even brighter future in the years ahead.