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January 2016
FunDza... Sparking a Reading Revolution in South Africa
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Welcome to the new year!

Since our return from holiday, the office has been quietly industrious getting ready for a busy year ahead. With just two months until our financial year-end, we're focusing on ensuring all annual targets are met.

A major priority is the final delivery of books to our beneficiary groups for this  financial year. Those groups (who are in good-standing and have sent in their feedback) will be getting copies of a number of new titles. We're very proud to have produced, with our publishing partner Cover2Cover Books, the second volume of It Takes Two! This anthology of short stories is the product of a project sponsored by the National Arts Council - Mentoring our Future Writers - in which we pair young mentee writers with professional writers to write pairs of short stories for FunDza's mobi network. The stories, published online last year, are now compiled into a print anthology. The launch of the anthology is on 25 February at the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg. So if you are Gauteng-based please diarise the date!

Another book eagerly awaited by beneficiary groups is Taking Chances, the tenth and final book in the Harmony High series. It was written by Sicelo Kula, whose writing career started when he attended a FunDza writing workshop. Since then, he's progressed from writing Fanz work to be mentored to running a blog and to becoming a commissioned FunDza writer. We are so proud of him on having his first book published, which will be shared with FunDza's beneficiary groups. Click here to watch a video of Sicelo performing one of his poems.

Keep up to date with our news. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, and read our latest blog articles (below) to see what's been happening in the last couple of weeks.

With love from all at FunDza
Mignon, Anthea, Dorothy, Ros, Zimkhitha, Phoebe, Ndibulele, Sonja, Siki, Lebo, Baleseng, Andrew and Rethabile

Nhlalwenhle Londeka might have had the unfortunate experience of having an impostor attempting to steal her story, but at least we got to meet this dynamic young writer. Read more...
One of FunDza's well loved authors, Lauri Kubuitsile from Botswana, was in South Africa and we loved seeing her! Read more...
We have another year of 'Inspiring Tomorrow' to look forward to thanks to the Harry Crossly Foundation. Read more...
Thank you to the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation for its generous donation towards books for groups in Cape Town. This will support 175 books for libraries in Langa and Nyanga. Read more...
We are fortunate to have FunDza writers from other African countries. Rainmaker, is written by the fabulous Cheryl Ntumy from Ghana. Read more...
Find out what we are up to this January. It might be a slow events month but we are working hard behind the scenes. Read more...
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