Just by chance… meeting Ozzy!

Just by chance… meeting Ozzy!

Zimkhitha Mlanzeli went off to an interview with the Children’s Radio Foundation. She got more than she bargained for. Just by chance she bumped into a Fanz writer she’s been working with, but has never met. In her words… *** I walk into the building, unsure where to...
Top reads of 2016!

Top reads of 2016!

We like to keep an eye on the most popular reads on FunDza so we can try to understand what our readers love/want/need to read. So, here’s our analysis of FunDza’s greatest hits of 2016! Drum roll, if you please… Top 5 Books: Sugar Daddy, Love...
Sparking a writing journey!

Sparking a writing journey!

Sibongile Fisher’s story is one of those that remind us at Fundza just why we do what we do, and just how rewarding and impactful it is. Fundza ran a ‘Mentoring Young Writers’ project in Gauteng form 2014 – 2016 where emerging young writers were paired with published...
FunDza’s survey winners!

FunDza’s survey winners!

In December, FunDza ran a Summer Survey Competition. It was a win for us and a win for our readers too! We were able to learn more about our readers – who they are, what their issues are, what suggestions they have for improvements, what they like/don’t...
Mentoring future writers in KZN!

Mentoring future writers in KZN!

FunDza’s ‘Mentoring Young Writers programme’ is something I am particularly proud of. For the last three years we have run this programme, starting in the Western Cape, then Gauteng, and this year in KZN. Every time we start the programme I feel daunted by the...
Introducing Nhlalwenhle

Introducing Nhlalwenhle

Nhlalwenhle Londeka Luthuli is a remarkable woman. She is a domestic worker by day and a writer by night as well as a mother to twins. Her employer doesn’t know that when she knocks off her work as a cleaner, she sits up late into the night writing gripping powerful...
Yoza stories and comments move to FunDza

Yoza stories and comments move to FunDza

By Steve Vosloo In September 2009 I set out to answer the question: would South African teens read short stories, or m-novels, on their mobile phones? We knew that teens were “addicted” – as the media often claimed – to their phones, but this was mainly for chatting...
Cheryl Ntumy – Rainmaker!

Cheryl Ntumy – Rainmaker!

By: Ros Haden I was very excited when I got an email from Ghanain writer, Cheryl Ntumy, towards the end of last year. She wanted to know if I would be interested in reading her, as yet unpublished, teen novel Rainmaker. Cheryl has published many romance and YA novels...
Thank you to the Harry Crossley Foundation

Thank you to the Harry Crossley Foundation

Last year we had the pleasure of welcoming Ndibulele Sotondoshe to the FunDza team. He is a feature writer who is compiling a series of profiles on ambitious and interesting South Africans who are making a difference in the world. The series is called ‘Inspiring...