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2015 Indigenous Languages Publishing Programme Author Awards Winners Announced

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The first ever Indigenous Languages Publishing Programme Author Awards were held on Friday at the Wanderers Hotel in Johannesburg.

The awards, a joint initiative between the Department of Arts & Culture (DAC) and the South African Book Development Council (SABDC), rewarded the authors of 19 books in the genres of poetry, novels, short stories, drama and reference, with a R15 000 each.

 
2015 Indigenous Languages Publishing Programme Author Awards winners

Gcina Mhlophe – Ibhubesi lakuthola kanjani ukubhonga kwalo (isiZulu)
Samuel Machitela – Ga Ke Nyake Phoso (Sepedi)
Given Mdliva – Nangomso iselusuku (isiXhosa)
Isaac Saki Shabangu – Yoo, ndzi khomeleni minoo; Embiteni Yin’we; Xilotlela xa Vutlhokovetseri (Xitsonga)
JJ Mhlongo – Dyonzo xitlhangu xa vutomi (Xitsonga)
BR Mokoena – Kabelo ya ka (Sesotho)
David wa Maahlamela – Tša Borala (Sepedi)
MJ Mokaba – Ba mo nyakele kae?; Mahlopha a senya (Sepedi)
MJ Mafogo – Faele Ya Ramolao (Sepedi)
ME Ngcobo – Igazi Lezibi (isiZulu)
Mzi R Mngadi – Yekanini AmaFilisti (isiZulu)
G Malindzisa – Kuphilwa kanye kulomhlaba (Seswati)
Thokozani Nene – Tapa zingakemukeli (isiZulu)
MM Ndlovu – Elokufa alitsheli (siZulu)
T Makhado and EM Thagwane – Miludzi ya Shango (Tshivenda)
NB Sekere and M Mahlwane – Di mameleng ha di phetwa (Sesotho)

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And now the fun begins! All the authors of the 19 titles were awarded R15 000 each, made possible with funding from the…

Posted by National Book Week SA on Friday, 5 June 2015

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Press release:

Indigenous Language Books Break Mainstream Barriers

Johannesburg, South Africa (8 June 2015) – The Indigenous Languages Publishing Programme (ILPP) that took place on Friday at the Wanderers Hotel brought together authors, publishers and bibliophiles in a celebration of previously marginalised writing.

A joint initiative between the Department of Arts & Culture (DAC) and the South African Book Development Council (SABDC), this was a literary awards like no other.

Authors of 19 books in the genres of poetry, novels, short stories, drama and a reference book were awarded R15 000 each – made possible with funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) – as recognition of their contribution to this particular form of publishing.

They included leading voices in folklore and vernacular writing such as Gcina Mhlope, Isaac Saki Shabangu and MJ Mokaba among others.

Speaking of this groundbreaking initiative, Chief Executive Officer of the SABDC Elitha van der Sandt pointed out that this was a first of its kind in the South African publishing industry.

‘It’s worthy to note that the Indigenous Languages Publishing Programme is not an award like other awards. All authors that are part of the programme receive R15 000 for each title that was published and formed part of National Book Week. They also receive 15% of royalties for sales. The entire project is based on the principles of book development, where not only more books are being produced, but the mechanisms of the production are also changed,’ she said.

The event’s programme director and ILPP committe member Mandla Matyumza praised the project, calling it ‘a good intervention that needs to be supported’ and applauded the support from the NLDTF.

‘Indigenous language books are so important in the movement of indigenous languages as they carry our culture and values of who we are as Africans, which is something embedded in our languages.’

The ILLP supports SMME and independent publishers by funding up to 50% of the publishing costs, sharing the risks that publishers ordinarily carry on their own when entering into new markets.

The cultural and content diversity to come out of this initiative will ensure that indigenous language books will move beyond the classroom to become a player of the publishing main stage, while contributing to the transformation of the local book sector.

Van der Sandt implored libraries and booksellers to stock more indeginous language books while Matyumza urged publishers to market indigenous language books with as much vigour as they do English titles.

While Friday’s event marked the first time the awards took place, the SABDC hopes that with funding, the ILPP can be turned into an annual celebration.

*For more information, please visit www.sabookcouncil.co.za

LIST OF AWARDED AUTHORS

Gcina Mhlophe – Ibhubesi lakuthola kanjani ukubhonga kwalo — IsiZulu
Samuel Machitela – Ga Ke Nyake Phoso — Sepedi
Given Mdliva – Nangomso iselusuku — IsiXhosa
Isaac Saki Shabangu – Yoo, ndzi khomeleni minoo; Embiteni Yin’we; Xilotlela xa Vutlhokovetseri – Xitsonga
JJ Mhlongo – Dyonzo xitlhangu xa vutomi — Xitsonga
BR Mokoena – Kabelo ya ka – SeSotho
David Wa Maahlamela – Tša Borala – SePedi
MJ Mokaba – Ba mo nyakele kae?; Mahlopha a senya — Sepedi
MJ Mafogo – Faele Ya Ramolao — Sepedi
ME Ngcobo – Igazi Lezibi — IsiZulu
Mzi R Mngadi – Yekanini AmaFilisti — IsiZulu
G Malindzisa – Kuphilwa kanye kulomhlaba – Seswati
Thokozani Nene – Tapa zingakemukeli
M M Ndlovu – Elokufa alitsheli – IsiZulu
T Makhado and EM Thagwane – Miludzi ya Shango – Tshivenda
NB Sekere and M Mahlwane – Di mameleng ha di phetwa — Sesotho

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