Reading for Enjoyment Campaign Winners 2016

Reading for Enjoyment Campaign Winners 2016

Cupcakes and yellow chips in the OLC (Open Learning Centre). Now that is something one can expect students to sink their teeth into. A book, on the other hand? Maybe not so much. Yet, here we are with plates stack high celebrating students who spent the year reading....
Noem My Skollie Competition Winners revealed

Noem My Skollie Competition Winners revealed

With more than 200 entries submitted for the Noem My Skollie Writing Competition it was hard to select the winners. FunDza judges have been poring over the entries since the competition closed to narrow the field down – first to the top 10 and then to the top...
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...
Introducing girls to FunDza

Introducing girls to FunDza

FunDza had the opportunity to participate once again in Cell C’s Take a Girl Child to Work Day. It was a great success last year, so naturally we decided to repeat the exercise. We invited learners from one of our beneficiary schools, Matthew Goniwe Memorial High, to...
Branding me workshops at Etafeni

Branding me workshops at Etafeni

  FunDza’s “Branding Me” workshops might fall under our Developing Young Writers Programme, but it’s far more than that. The workshop focuses on building skills of how to ‘brand’ yourself in job interviews and application letters. Participants learn about the...
Mentoring Our Future Writers

Mentoring Our Future Writers

By Ros Haden For the past two years one of the highlights for me has been our “Mentoring Young Writers” project. This pairs emerging ‘mentee’ writers with established ‘mentor’ writers to produce two short stories linked in interesting ways. This year writers were...
Mentoring our Future Writers – Sponsored by the NAC

Mentoring our Future Writers – Sponsored by the NAC

The National Arts Council is sponsoring a second round of writing mentorships for FunDza, this time in Gauteng. Young aspiring writers have been paired with experienced authors in the Mentoring Our Future Writers Project. In this, each member of the pair writes a...
Mobile literacy… the next big thing

Mobile literacy… the next big thing

By Anathi Nyadu My life is made up of one thing, and one thing only: Reading. Since I was a child I remember only one thing: Reading. My whole childhood is filled with dirty newspapers that I had scrambled out of dustbins, with TV plus magazines from my granny who...
Mentoring our Future Writers

Mentoring our Future Writers

Today sees the launch of a very special project – “Mentoring Our Future Writers” FunDza is delighted to have received funding from the National Arts Council to fund this venture. FunDza has engaged five published authors (Helen Brain,  Michelle...