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March 2016
FunDza... Sparking a Reading Revolution in South Africa
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Vuleka SSB learners – deep in concentration whilst completing the free-writing exercises
at FunDza's 'Writing Me' workshop, facilitated by Maia Marie.

Feeling the love!

FunDza's staff have been feeling the LOVE this last week. We've been sifting through the approximate 300 entries for February's 'Lines of Love' competition to select the winners. Readers were asked to write an eight-line poem about love with the lure of great cash prizes for the winner and two runners-up. We loved reading them to ourselves and each other. Some were hilariously funny, others heartfelt and warm, while others exposed broken hearts and the pain of love lost. It was tough going to pull together a shortlist and then select the final three. But, after much debate, we did it!

So, the winner is... 15-year-old Shikhar Singh for his poem First Love, which perfectly captures the awkwardness of being in love for the first time. The two runners-up were Shireen Els, author of Ebony Wonder, and Avuyile Zwedala, for her poem The overrated love. Click here for more about the winners and links to the poems that made it to our judging panel's shortlist.

Our staff complement is growing! Nandipha (who likes to be called Nandi) Tshabane has joined our team as our Beneficiary Liaison, working primarily with the groups we support with books in our Popularising Reading programme. We're so happy to have Nandi join us - find out more about her here. This appointment frees up Phoebe Sibomana's time to become our full-time Office Manager, ensuring that the office runs smoothly and that all our content is uploaded correctly and on time.

More's been happening... so check out our news below. And, if you haven't yet, download a copy of our Annual Report 2015, which gives you an update on our achievements for the 2015 financial year.

Sending love from all at FunDza
Mignon, Dorothy, Ros, Zimkhitha, Phoebe, Nandi, Ndibulele, Sonja, Siki, Lebo, Baleseng, Andrew, Rethabile and Steve

On 25 Feb, we launched the second volume of It Take Two! - the anthology coming out of our National Arts Council-sponsored 'Mentoring Our Future Writers' project. What a fantastic, heart-warming event! Read more...
With facilitator Maia Marie, FunDza tested a new version of the 'Writing Me' course - concentrating on free-writing exercises. The guinea-pigs were learners at Vuleka SSB. Big thanks to the staff - it was wonderful! Read more...
Dorothy was whisked off to the Eastern Cape by the Reading Association of South Africa to present to the Department of Education and to the RASA AGM about FunDza and its programmes. Read more...
Seventh-grader Mukize Patrick Habiyaremye is a force for good! He's been collecting books to donate to organisations and schools in need. He asked FunDza to help him find an organisation to support. Read more...
Zimkhitha travelled off to the Free State to motivate librarians to get motivated readers! After a battle with her nerves, she got a standing ovation... and she came home with a hand-written story by an aspirant young writer! Read more...
March is the month of... multiple events promoting reading! FunDza people will be attending the Blown Away by Books festival (part of National Library Week) and the Time of the Writer.  Read more...
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