Mazizi Kunene Foundation KwaZulu - Natal
Through its Literature Unit, the NAC has identified some organisations to partner with for the promotion of literature. The Mazizi Kunene Foundation in Kwazulu-Natal was selected as it carries on the legacy of the world acclaimed poet and author of note, Prof Mazizi Kunene. Funding was earmarked for preservation of literary works of Prof. Mazizi Kunene. The Foundation through funding from the NAC has performed prodigiously in its quest to achieve literary and linguistic discourse and debate.
The Foundation has also carried the plight and aspirations of young aspirant and budding writers through its literary campaigns when it introduced high school learners to literature, especially in the genre of poetry. The Foundation has overtly made substantial impact in literary art and it has laid a foundation of authorship for the present generation of writers. For more information visit: www.kunenefoundation.org.za
Herman Charles Bosman Literary Museum - North West
The Charles Bosman Literary Museum in the North West Province was identified as one of the NACs flagship projects. The society hosts annual literary festivals in recognition of the historic writing of Herman Charles Bosman. The festival attracts national and international writers.
Local poets, storytellers and young writers from disadvantaged communities in the vicinity also benefit from the festival. Poetry performance, book reviews and symposia help to revive the spirit of reading and writing.
South African Literary Awards (SALA) - Gauteng
The NACs partnership with the South African Literary Awards (SALA) has proven to be a successful initiative in the recognition of excellence in the arts, creative literary art in particular. SALA has also taken this initiative to mentor young writers and empower them through literary workshops. The partnership of the NAC with SALA has identified the need to introduce a competition category which will benefit first time published writers in the diverse South African official languages.
The awards have been entrusted with the role of nurturing young literary talents as well as advancing the ideas of prolific writers who have already made a mark in the literary genre literary awards in different categories. For more information visit www.sala.org.za