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May 2016
FunDza... Sparking a Reading Revolution in South Africa
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And, the winners of the Five Facts about FunDza competition are (left to right):
Abel Mankgela (runner-up 2), Cally Saayman (runner-up 1) and Mmoledi Gaesite (winner).

Celebrating five years of reading...


As last month was our birthday month we wanted to share the love with our readers. So we hosted a 'Five Facts about FunDza' competition on fundza.mobi. Entrants had to answer five questions about FunDza correctly in order to enter the random draw. It was hard. You had to be a 'BIG' FunDza reader to know all the right answers – only 10% of the entrants fitted into this category. Congratulations to the three winners... and to all the other long-term and avid FunDza readers.

Winner Mmoledi Gaesite walked away with R2500 in cash while the two runners-up, Abel Mangkela and Cally Saayman, each won R1250. Each of them is also getting a goodie-bag of FunDza delights. We were delighted to hear that two of the three winners said that they'd be using the prize money to buy books for themselves. We love to hear that FunDza is encouraging reading AND book buying too! Click here to read more about them.

We had a fun day with photographer Simon Watson learning how to use our FunDza camera, donated by NOMU, to take good shots. We attend and run so many workshops and events, but our documentation of these hasn't always been up to scratch. Click here to view some pics taken at our training session.

Unfortunately the camera training happened only after our fantastic strategy workshop, facilitated – very serendipitously – by Gill Faris, so we didn't take amazing pictures of the event... but we did have a deep and reflective day – sharing our hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future. Read about it here.

Finally, there's lots to look forward to in May – from literary festivals, to mentorship workshops, a conference in Cairo and more! Click through on the links below to catch up with our latest news and find out what's on the horizon.

With love and gratitude,
Mignon, Dorothy, Ros, Zimkhitha, Phoebe, Nandi, Ndibulele, Sonja, Dumisa, Siki, Xolisa, Lebo, Baleseng, Andrew, Rethabile and Steve

On Saturday 9 April, FunDza staff and trustees met to plan for FunDza's future. We're so grateful the lovely Gill Faris was there to lead the way.  Read more...
Dorothy went to Johannesburg to run a writing workshop with English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) on the US Embassy's RELO programme. Read more...
Sharing a love of stories! Nandi celebrated World Book Day with the staff and learners at Weltevreden Public Library. Read more...
One of our beneficiaries SAEP is using FunDza's books in interesting ways. Every learner in a group has a special part to play. We were inspired! Read more...
Thanks to the Dominican School for the Deaf for hosting a FunDza reading workshop. We gained so much from the experience. Read more...
Exciting times! False Bay College students go to Franschhoek; Ros, Dorothy & Nandi go to KZN; and Mignon heads off for Cairo... Read more...
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