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Joan Hambidge resenseer Stylboek: Riglyne vir paslik skryf deur Piet du Toit en Wanda Smith

Stylboek: Riglyne vir paslik skryfUitspraak: wortel

Die boek is besonder mooi uitgegee met potloodflertse op die buiteblad wat waarskynlik subliminaal wil oortuig dat skryf met die hand (en potlood) beteken dat jy terugkeer na die oorspronklike teks, uitvee, nadink …

Begrippe soos styl, duidelik skryf, teksbou, bondige formulering, die gepaste toon, aantreklike aanbod en die aanbod van navorsingstekste (vir elke dosent wat worstel met nagraadse studente se onvermoë om te kan skryf) word netjies uitgepak. Elke kwessie word teoreties begrond met kundige en teoretiese verwysings wat die handleiding ’n sterk basis gee.


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JM Coetzee and Athol Fugard Festival 2015 Programme (28 – 30 May)

JM Coetzee: Two ScreenplaysMonsieur Ibrahim en die blomme van die KoranThe Animal GazeHome from HomeThe Shadow of the Hummingbird

The 2015 JM Coetzee and Athol Fugard Festival will be taking place 28, 29 and 30 May 2015. The festival is a celebration of Karoo art, literature and film.

This year will feature plays and talks by Athol Fugard, a number of talks by JM Coetzee academics, poetry by Chris Mann and many more wonderful talks, viewings and performances.

Have a look at the programme for more details:

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Gillian Jones Reviews Money from Nothing: Indebtedness and Aspiration in South Africa by Deborah James

Money from Nothing: Indebtedness and Aspiration in South AfricaVerdict: carrot

EXTENDING credit to black South Africans following the advent of democracy in 1994 was meant to assist in abolishing the legacy of apartheid. Instead, it brought hardship to many poor people, who became heavily indebted.

But, at the same time, it helped people improve their lives. Unsecured lending is far more nuanced than is often suggested.

Deborah James, professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics, attempts to unravel the many aspects of SA’s debt burden in her latest book, Money from Nothing: Indebtedness and aspiration in South Africa.

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JM Coetzee’s “Surprising” Preoccupation with Absolute Truth: A First Review of The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy

The Good StoryThe first review has emerged for JM Coetzee’s latest work, The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy.

The book, which Coetzee co-wrote with clinical psychologist Arabella Kurtz, is scheduled for a UK release on 21 May and will be available in the US in September.

Read an excerpt from The Good Story

Writing for The Independent, Gerard Woodward describes the shape of the discussion Coetzee and Kurtz undertake, which addresses “the possibility that the practices of psychoanalysis and novel-writing might have something useful to say to each other”.

The series of exchanges cover the nature of reality, the moral questions that arise from narratives of autobiography, the reliability of memory and the notion of absolute truth.

It seems surprising that Coetzee is so preoccupied with the notion of an absolute truth which fiction can either accurately reflect or distort. It is Kurtz who questions the idea of this kind of courtroom truth. The facts of anyone’s life are limited and rare. Psychoanalysis, says Kurtz, can sometimes be described as the process of setting free the narrative or autobiographical imagination. The truth is contingent upon viewpoint and context. If the goal of therapy is to set the patient free, is truth the only avenue to freedom?

There are, of course, many different kinds of truth – emotional, poetic, fictional, mathematical and so on. Coetzee is concerned by the idea of a separate, absolute truth outside and beyond the realm of the poem or the story, against which it can be tested. If so, then it is not something that seems to be recognised by the psychotherapeutic process.

About the book

A fascinating dialogue on the human inclination to make up stories between a Nobel Prize-winning writer and a psychotherapist.

Arabella Kurtz and JM Coetzee consider psychotherapy and its wider social context from different perspectives, but at the heart of both their approaches is a concern with stories. Working alone, the writer is in sole charge of the story he or she tells. The therapist, on the other hand, collaborates with the patient in telling the story of their life. What kind of truth do the stories created by patient and therapist aim to uncover: objective truth or the shifting and subjective truth of memories explored and re-experienced in the safety of the therapeutic relationship?

The authors discuss both individual psychology and the psychology of the group: the school classroom, the gang, the settler nation where the brutal deeds of the ancestors have to be accommodated into a national story. Drawing on great writers like Cervantes and Dostoevsky and on psychoanalysts like Freud and Melanie Klein, they offer illuminating insights into the stories we tell of our lives.

About the authors

JM Coetzee‘s work includes Waiting for the Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, Boyhood, Youth, Disgrace, Summertime and The Childhood of Jesus. He was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.

Arabella Kurtz is a consultant clinical psychologist and is completing psychoanalytic psychotherapy training at the Tavistock Clinic. She has held various posts in NHS adult and forensic mental health services and is currently senior clinical tutor on the University of Leicester clinical psychology training course.

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2015 Franschhoek Literary Festival Programme: All the Political Events to Look Forward To

Where South African literary events are happening, politics is sure to follow. Have a look at all the politically-minded debates and discussions that will be happening at this year’s 2015 Franschhoek Literary Festival, taking place from Friday, 15 May to Sunday, 17 May.

Highlights include Kenny Kunene – who is working on a book about his experiences in the EFF – who will be analysing the enigma that is Julius Malema with Dennis Davis, Fiona Forde and Richard Poplak on Friday.

On Saturday, Victor Dlamini, Mamle Kabu, Jackie Kay and Thando Mgqolozana will discuss whether, as black writers, they can avoid politics in their writing.

Sunday is jam-packed with what are sure to be riveting discussions, including Rattling Cages, in which Rebecca Davis, Zethu Matebeni and Malaika wa Azania tell Marianne Thamm why they will not hold their tongues, and The Art of Crafting Commentary, featuring Rebecca Davis, Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Tom Eaton and Richard Poplak.

Ragged GloryThe Rise of the SecurocratsStill an Inconvenient YouthAdvocates for ChangeRaising the BarBEE

I'm Not Your Weekend SpecialBlack Like YouUntil Julius ComesThird World ChildHow to Fix South Africa's SchoolsLand Divided, Land Restored

The New RadicalsMemoirs of a Born FreeWhat Will People Say: A NovelThe Dream HouseWhy States RecoverBlack Brain, White Brain

Good Morning, Mr MandelaUnimportanceRemaking the ANCEndings and BeginningsEmpire, War & Cricket in South AfricaBest White and Other Anxious Delusions

The numbers in square brackets reflect the number for the event, for booking purposes.

Tickets can be booked on Webtickets.


[20] Fear and Loathing in SA

13h00 – 14h00 (Old School Hall)

What is a police state, and is South Africa becoming one? Ray Hartley (Ragged Glory) asks Jane Duncan (The Rise of the Securocrats), political risk consultant, as well as author Fiona Forde (Still An Inconvenient Youth) and Moeletsi Mbeki (Advocates for Change).

[28] The Politics of Bling (Church Hall)

14h30 – 15h30 (Church Hall)

Songezo Zibi (Raising the Bar) asks Anthea Jeffery (BEE: Helping or hurting?), journalist and author Bongani Madondo (I’m Not Your Weekend Special) and Herman Mashaba (Black Like You) about the impact of “new money” on the people who have earned it, those who have been given it, or those who have been left behind without it.

[36] What Makes One an African?

16h00 – 17h00 (New School Hall)

Is being an African a question of race, culture or attitude? Richard Poplak (Until Julius Comes) thrashes out the knotty questions with GG Alcock (Third World Child), Jonathan Jansen (Racism and Intimacy) and Moeletsi Mbeki (Advocates for Change).


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[47] This Land is Your Land, This Land is Mine

10h00 – 11h00 (Old School Hall)

Richard Poplak quizzes two experts, Cherryl Walker (Land Divided, Land Restored) and Anthea Jeffery (BEE: Helping or hurting?) about the issues that are holding up land reform.

[49] The Age of Activism

10h00 – 11h00 (Congregational Church)

Jonathan Jansen engages with Glenn Moss (The New Radicals, about the anti-apartheid movement in the 1960s and ’70s) and one of today’s most vehement radicals, Malaika wa Azania (Memoirs of a Born Free), about the issues that motivate student activism, then and now.

[57] Is Freedom Just Another Word?

11h30-12h30 (Old School Hall)

Where does freedom start and end for journalists, cartoonists, artists (and novelists), and do they selfcensor? Eusebius McKaiser puts these questions, and more, to journalist/novelist Rehana Rossouw (What Will People Say?), Mike van Graan (African Arts Institute), and cartoonist Zapiro (DemoCrazy).

[60] Inside out: Writing South Africa

11h30-12h30 (Council Chamber)

Writing South African fiction, whether from inside the country or elsewhere, is fraught with literary and political sensitivities. Michele Magwood asks Craig Higginson (The Dream House) and Christopher Hope (Jimfish) how carefully they tread without sacrificing story.

[65] Economic Imperatives

13h00 – 14h00 (New School Hall)

What does South Africa need to do to weather the economic storms? Francis Wilson asks Moeletsi Mbeki (Gridlock), Greg Mills (Why States Recover) and Songezo Zibi.

[66] How Intelligent (or not) Are Racists?

13h00 – 14h00 (Old School Hall)

Gavin Evans (Black Brain, White Brain) and Jonathan Jansen (Racism and Intimacy) discuss the intriguing findings of their research into the science and sociology of racism.

[74] Just Julius

14h30 – 15h30 (New School Hall)

Dennis Davis asks Fiona Forde, Richard Poplak and Juju’s former political buddy Kenny Kunene (whose book about his experiences in the EFF is imminent, we’ve heard), how we solve an enigma named Malema.

[80] Living in the Public Eye

14h30 – 15h30 (Protea Hotel 1)

Staying on track when your life is lived in the limelight is an almost impossible task. Zelda la Grange, Pamela Nomvete and PJ Powers tell Africa Melane how they have survived the scrutiny.

[84] Bread Baskets or Basket Cases?

16h00 – 17h00 (Old School Hall)

Ray Hartley asks Jane Duncan, Greg Mills and Songezo Zibi whether the majority of African states can fairly be dismissed as lost causes. And, if not, what has saved them?

[88] Colouring in the Lines

16h00 – 17h00 (Hospice Hall)

Victor Dlamini asks Mamle Kabu, Jackie Kay and Thando Mgqolozana whether, as black writers, it’s possible to “just write”, or if they can’t escape the politics and language of writing for what Toni Morrison has described as the “white gaze”.

[92] A Weekend Special

17h30 – 18h30 (Church Hall)

Bongani Madondo (I’m Not Your Weekend Special) and Shado Twala tune in to I’m Not Your Weekend Special, Portraits on the Life + Style & Politics of Brenda Fassie, edited by Bongani, with links to her music to accompany the story of her life.


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SUNDAY, 17 May

[95] Can the ANC be Mended?

10h00 – 11h00 (New School Hall)

After a tumultuous year for the governing party, Ray Hartley asks Anthony Butler (Remaking the ANC), Anthea Jeffery and Moeletsi Mbeki whether the ANC is permanently damaged.

[103] Race: Nature or Nurture?

11h30 – 12h30 (New School Hall)

As South Africans continue to grapple with the issue of race 20 years into our democracy, Francis Wilson asks GG Alcock, Gavin Evans and Jonathan Jansen to share their knowledge and understanding of exactly what race is.

[109] Rattling Cages

11h30 – 12h30 (Protea Hotel 1)

Refusing to temper their tongues, Rebecca Davis (Best White and Other Anxious Delusions), Zethu Matebeni (Reclaiming Afrikan) and Malaika wa Azania tell Marianne Thamm why they will not back down when it comes to expressing their opinions.

[112] A Sketch in Time

13h00 – 14h00 (New School Hall)

In this illustrated talk, writer Mike Wills and cartoonist Zapiro look back on two decades of life and politics in South Africa, as recorded in DemoCrazy.

[113] Throwing the Bones

13h00 – 14h00 (Old School Hall)

What does the future hold for our troubled country, politically, economically and creatively? Redi Tlhabi asks Jane Duncan, Greg Mills and Mike van Graan to speculate.

[114] Elephants in the Room

13h00 – 14h00 (Church Hall)

When contentious issues are made the subject of fiction, must writers tread sensitively? Victor Dlamini asks John Boyne, Mandla Langa and Eshkol Nevo about the considerations they made before embarking on their latest books.

[115] The Art of Crafting Commentary

13h00 – 14h00 (Congregational Church)

Political opinions are ten a penny in SA media, but writing commentary that is original, insightful and a delight to read is not so easy. Four of the best, Rebecca Davis, Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Tom Eaton and Richard Poplak, chat about what it takes to do what they do.

[116] War Stories

13h00 – 14h00 (Council Chamber)

Peculiar circumstances elicit peculiar tales, and war is the most peculiar of circumstances. Tim Couzens asks Dean Allen (Empire, War & Cricket) and Bill Nasson about the stories they have gleaned, and contributes some of his own.

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    EAN: 9781431409679
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Adam Habib Labelled A “Puppet” in Heated Statement by the Higher Education Transformation Network

South Africa's Suspended RevolutionRewolusie op ysInguqukombuso YeNingizimu Afrika Eyabondwa YashiywaNtwa ya Boitseko e Fanyehuweng ya Afrika Borwa

Wits University Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib has succumbed “to the demands of the Jewish funders and alumni interests” at the university‚ the Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN) said on Thursday.

An HETN statement reads that Habib has: “rendered himself a puppet who had to sacrifice the academic future of student Mcebo Dlamini on the altar of political correctness”.

Dlamini‚ who recently drew widespread condemnation following his public declarations of admiration for Adolf Hitler‚ was sacked from his position of Wits student representative council (SRC) president this week.

It has been said that his dismissal is related to an alleged assault on a senior staff last year‚ while his remarks about the Nazi leader have been referred to Wits’ legal department and could lead to a second disciplinary hearing.

Although not once mentioning Hitler‚ the HETN said: “It would be unfortunate if Wits university management now has adopted ‘Gestapo-type’ management tactics of summarily expelling students and staff merely because they hold dissenting views and opinions in this age‚ in our constitutional democracy.”

Dlamini is still a student at Wits but has been stripped of his SRC presidential duties.

The network called on university managers to remain “consistent in dealing with acts of wrongdoing by students irrespective of race‚ colour or creed the students”‚ and cited three examples of “revolting racist conduct” by white students – at universities in Cape Town‚ Pretoria and Stellenbosch – who got off scot-free.

The HETN has set up the “Defend Mcebo Dlamini Fund” for those wanting to contribute to the former SRC president’s costs in a legal challenge against Wits.

“Those attorneys and advocates who can avail their services pro bono are welcome‚ their services will be appreciated‚” the HETN said.

Source: RDM News Wire

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Article by Tim Noakes Pulled from British Journal of Sports Medicine

The Real Meal RevolutionTim Noakes chews the fatChallenging BeliefsLore of Running

It seems that wherever Tim Noakes is involved, controversy is sure to follow.

The latest news concerning the main man behind The Real Meal Revolution is that an article in which he argues that “eating carbohydrates, especially refined ones, explained the rise of obesity rather than a lack of exercise” has been removed from the British Journal of Sports Medicine, which stated: “The paper has been temporarily removed following an expression of concern.”

It was claimed that Noakes did not declare a conflict of interest – something that is expected in medical research.

Rand Daily Mail reported on the matter:

It appears the controversy is because Noakes did not declare a conflict of interest [his diet book] — a common practice in medical research.

Noakes has sold 150000 copies of his book Real Meal Revolution, promoting a low-carb lifestyle. But he has also published three other books, and one promotes exercise.

Noakes said on twitter that in 42 years of publishing he has never needed to declare his books.

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Fred Khumalo: Dinaane Debut Award Finalists Disprove Leon de Kock’s Theories about SA Literature

IMG_35012015 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award judge Fred Khumalo

The Dinaane Debut Literary Award judges were full of praise for this year’s finalists at the award ceremony last night, with Fred Khumalo saying the submitted manuscripts disproved a recent article by Leon de Kock on the state of South African literature.

Andrew MillerThe award was won by Andrew Miller, for his novel Dub Steps.

The other three finalists were Mia Ardene, for Last Gangster of the Old School, Mark de Wet, for The Forgotten, and Tiisetso Makube, who sadly passed away recently, for Doctor Don’t Weep.

2015 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award judges Maureen Isaacson, Pamela Nichols and Fred KhumaloThis year’s judges of the prize, formerly the European Union Literary Award, were Pamela Nichols (head judge), Maureen Isaacson and Khumalo, who won it in 2005.

Nichols opened proceedings by thanking the Jacana Media Foundation for taking over the award.

“It’s a very important award, it’s launched some wonderful careers and some really wonderful writers, Fred [Khumalo] being one of them, Ishtiyaq Shukri, Kopano Matlwa, Ashraf Kagee and from last year Penny Busetto,” Nichols said.

“These are books that are taught in universities now, they are translated, they’ve been an amazing resource and contribution to what we can imagine. It was a great privilege to read those 31 books, to have such a cross section. And we read those 31 books and we got it down to about 12, and those 12 were fairly fabulous, and then we argued a bit and we got it down to four. So to make the four is a huge achievement.

“We read totally blindly, we had no idea who wrote what, and it’s fascinating to find out – and very surprising! So congratulations to the writers.”

Referring to a recent article by Leon de Kock for the Mail & Guardian, “Post-liberation writing plays hide-and-seek with plot“, Khumalo said the finalists for the Dinaane Award proved the former Stellenbosch University academic wrong.

“The other day I read an article in the Mail & Guardian in which the author said South African writers had lost the plot. That they didn’t know what to write about, and they didn’t know, either, how to write about it. This took be by surprise, because I had just emerged from the experience of reading these wonderful submissions to this great award.

“Here we have a collection of great, great stories by authors although unknown to the reading public, because obviously this is a debut competition, but it is clear that they know what they are doing with their art. And it is very heartening that we have a forum such as this through Jacana, which gives these people an outlet to show the nation what they are capable of. So the writer of the article in the Mail & Guardian was highly misguided. Here is proof that writers know what to write about or what they are doing.

“Reading these entries showed me how the authors are breaking boundaries. In the past, and I’ll go back to another story that I read back in 1995 or ’96, wherein a very renowned man of letters wondered aloud as to what South African writers would be writing about now that apartheid was dead. As if writers were inspired by apartheid only. It is true, obviously, that people wrote in response or in challenge to apartheid but when apartheid died it liberated us as artists to explore our humanity. And these people are proof of that.

“The kind of stories that have been told through the novels that were submitted bear testimony that the one big monster, the one ogre, that overshadowed everything is gone, now they can explore a variety of issues and themes.”

Andrew MillerKhumalo called Miller’s Dub Steps “a dystopian novel that gave me hope”, saying it showed the possibilities that there are within the form of the novel, and praised the author for showing us a very different picture of Johannesburg in the future.

Khumalo also said Mia Ardene’s Last Gangster of the Old School was a great addition to the canon of South African crime fiction, competing with the likes of Mike Nicol, Margie Orford, and that Mark de Wet’s The Forgotten‘s contained “incandescent prose”. Lastly, he said Tiisetso Makube’s Doctor Don’t Weep “dealt with old themes of love and family but in a very refreshing manner”.

“So to the academic that wrote in the Mail & Guardian the other day, I’m sorry, I beg to differ,” Khumalo concluded.

Maureen Isaacson concurred, saying that she learnt a lot about the condition of South African writing from the award entries.

“I read from the manuscripts we read that yes, as Fred says, we’re happy that the beast is gone, but there’s a lot of incest, a lot of pain, a lot of desire, within a great deal of human relationships,” Isaacson said.

“I also learnt that there are indeed new ways of saying old things and telling stories, and that in the end the digital revolution has not really destroyed creativity but spawned a new and exciting, freer genre.

“I found people writing about empathy glands, and people unafraid to describe the language of the self-righteous, who go on about human rights, as bleak. I was fascinated by the way the human landscape is finally reconfigured in this time, as whites find themselves relegated to the spatial borders of conversations, and how they still seek relevance and meaning anyway.

“The need for expression and communication is so deep and wide, and we’re privileged to be given this first glimpse. Thank you, writers.”

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… won by Andrew Miller for Dub Steps.

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Previous winners of the award

The Story of Anna P, as Told by HerselfKhalil's JourneyDeeper Than ColourSaracen at the Gates

Till We Can Keep An AnimalCoconutBitches' BrewIce in the LungsThe Silent Minaret

The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself by Penny Busetto (2013)
Khalil’s Journey by Ashraf Kagee (2011/12)
Deeper than Colour by James Clelland (2010)
Saracen at the Gates by Zinaid Meeran (2009)
Till We Can Keep an Animal by Megan Voysey-Braig (2008)
Coconut by Kopano Matlwa (2007)
Bitches’ Brew by Fred Khumalo and Ice in the Lungs by Gerald Kraak (2005)
The Silent Minaret by Ishtiyaq Shukri (2004)

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Don’t Miss Achille Mbembe’s Lecture “Decolonizing the University Now” at Wits University

On the PostcolonyAchille Mbembe, celebrated political philosopher and author of On the Postcolony, will be presenting a public lecture hosted by WiSER.

The title of Mbembe’s lecture is “Decolonizing the University Now: Five New Directions”. It will be given at 6 PM on Wednesday, 22 April, at the WiSER Seminar Room at Wits University.

Don’t miss it!

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 22 April 2015
  • Time: 6 PM
  • Venue: WiSER Seminar Room
    6th Floor, Richard Ward Building
    Wits University
    1 Jan Smuts Avenue
    Braamfontein | Map
  • Refreshments: Drinks will be served

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  • On the Postcolony by Achille Mbembe
    EAN: 9781868146918

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“Every Child Deserves a Dictionary”: Oxford University Press SA Launches Exciting Centenary Campaign

In celebration of 100 years of dedication to education Oxford University Press Southern Africa (OUPSA) has launched their centenary campaign entitled: “Every child deserves a dictionary.”

The South African Oxford School DictionarySouth African Concise Oxford DictionaryOnce Upon a TimeA New University Anthology of English PoetryAfrican VoicesThe Ugly Duckling

The initiative aims to supply 20 000 dictionaries to schools across South Africa that cannot afford them and at the same time to create awareness around education and language.

Marian Griffin Kloot, Higher Education and Trade Director for Oxford University Press SA, spoke to Pippa Hudson about the campaign. “We want to donate a total of 20 000 dictionaries to 200 schools across all nine provinces. We’ve already donated 10 000 and we need some help to get the next 10 000 into the hands of learners,” Kloot says.

Listen to the podcast to find out how you can get involved:

How does it work?

During the first stage of the campaign 10 000 dictionaries are being distributed to schools in the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West, Free State, Gauteng and Western Cape and for the second stage members of the public can pledge their support on the website. For each pledge OUPSA will donate one dictionary to a school in need.

“We call on the public to get behind the initiative and to show their support through our ‘Every child deserves a dictionary’ campaign which reminds South Africans of the power of knowledge, the value of education and the importance of giving our learners the chance to fully realise their own potential,” Steve Cilliers, MD of Oxford University Press Southern Africa, says.

Sindiwe Magona, activist, teacher and internationally recognised author of among others The Ugly Duckling and From Robben Island to Bishopscourt, shared her views on why every child deserves a dictionary and explained how words shaped her life.

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OUPSA asked children what they think the word “thesaurus” means. Watch the super cute video:

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To pledge a dictionary go to Follow the campaign on social media using the hashtag #EveryChild, on Twitter @OxfordSAHE and @OxfordSASchools and on Facebook: and

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Press Release:

“Every child deserves a dictionary” – raising awareness about the value of education

25 March 2015: In celebrating 100 years of contributing to education in South Africa on 25 March 2015, Oxford University Press Southern Africa (OUPSA) has launched its flagship centenary campaign, “Every child deserves a dictionary”. The campaign will see the educational publisher donating 20 000 dictionaries to schools across South Africa that would otherwise not have the funds to buy such an important and valuable resource.

The “Every child deserves a dictionary” campaign aims to create awareness about the value of education and language. To kick-start OUPSA’s centenary, 10 000 dictionaries are currently being distributed to schools in the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West, Free State, Gauteng and Western Cape. The donations are facilitated by the Adopt-a-School Foundation which has also helped select schools to receive the dictionaries, in communities where this NGO is active through educational upliftment programmes.

During the second phase of the campaign, members of the public will be encouraged to place a “pledge” – without any cost to themselves – on the website. Each “pledge” will result in one dictionary being donated.

In total OUPSA aims to donate 20 000 dictionaries with a value of R2.2 million. Donations to schools in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Northern Cape take place during the second part of the campaign and additional books will be dispatched to the remaining provinces during the course of the year.

“To celebrate 100 years of making a difference to education in our beautiful country, we aim to donate 20,000 copies of our Oxford South African School Dictionary to learners and schools across the country that do not have the funds available to buy such an important resource,” says Steve Cilliers, MD of Oxford University Press Southern Africa.

“We call on the public to get behind the initiative and to show their support through our ‘Every child deserves a dictionary’ campaign which reminds South Africans of the power of knowledge, the value of education and the importance of giving our learners the chance to fully realise their own potential.”

Established in South Africa in 1915, OUPSA is a leading publisher of educational material for schools and higher education. OUPSA is especially well-known for its trusted dictionaries and excellent literacy material. The Oxford South African School Dictionary was developed in consultation with a range of South African teachers and language experts and addresses many common usage mistakes that South Africans (learners and adults alike) make. The dictionary is aligned to the curriculum and is one of the non-fiction top-sellers in the country.

“We truly believe that every child does deserve a dictionary, arming them with the resources they need to help them with their education, as education is the key to social transformation in South Africa and a way to unlock opportunities for the youth of the country,” adds Cilliers.

“This campaign is not just about giving something back to the learners of South Africa; it is fundamentally about the value of words, literacy and books.”


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