The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences awarded Declassified by Gerhard Maré the non-fiction prize and What Will People Say by Rehana Rossouw the fiction prize for 2016. Not only do we publish what we like, we publish award-winning books too.
Chris van Wyk is honoured with the Posthumous Literary Award for his overall literary achievement and Askari wins the Creative Non-Fiction Award at the SALAs.
South African poet and writer Chris van Wyk, who was born in Soweto in 1957 and passed away on 3 October 2014, was honoured with the Posthumous Literary Award for hi overall literary achievement and Askari by Jacob Dlamini won the Creative Non-Fiction Award at the 2016 South African Literary Awards.
On receiving the award, Jacob had this to say:
‘I am honoured and humbled by the SALA award. I would like to thank the judges, SALA and its sponsors for this wonderful recognition. Ke a leboga!’
Sweet Medicine by Panashe Chigumadzi has won the 2016 South African Literary Awards K. Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award. Winners were announced on 7 November 2016 at a gala dinner at UNISA.
On receiving the award, Panashe had this to say:
“It is deeply affirming whenever you receive external validation for what is most often a solitary and isolating experience. This award in particular is an honour because it bears the name of one of South Africa’s literary greats. Over and above that, as someone with Pan-Africanist ideals, I’m deeply humbled that South African readers were able to find resonance with a story set in Zimbabwe, despite what many prospective publishers had said to me. I’m truly grateful to be a writer who has been allowed the space to bring all of herself and her experiences and to have that appreciated by a reading audience.”
Sweet Medicine is a thorough and evocative attempt at grappling with a variety of important issues in the postcolonial context: tradition and modernity, feminism and patriarchy, spiritual and political freedoms and responsibilities, poverty and desperation, and wealth and abundance.
“Panashe Chigumadzi’s Sweet Medicine is as fresh and bracing as mountain air.” – Mandla Langa