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!’
‘Askari is one of the most important probing and virtuosic works of non-fiction published in South Africa this decade. In ambition Dlamini is rivalled by only a handful of writers; in doggedness and audacity even fewer.’ – Sunday Times
‘Askari is an extraordinarily brave book. It ventures onto treacherous terrain, daring to say things so delicate and so easily misunderstood. It could not possibly have been written by a white person. And it took a black person with courage and poise to pen it. Read it before deciding what it means that De Kock is free and among us.’ – Jonny Steinberg, Business Day
Mr Hare Meets Mr Mandela is one of the last stories Chris van Wyk wrote before he died and it originally appeared in the Sunday Times Story Time: 10 South African Stories for Children. The book is available in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa and isiZulu.
‘Van Wyk said he wanted to be read by everyone; by those about whom he wrote and by those who found his own culture foreign; he chose to write in several genres because “I could”.’ – Maureen Isaacson, Mail & Guardian
‘Kids loved him [Chris van Wyk] – he visited schools all around the country to tell stories and get kids reading. He simply captivated them.’ – J Brooks Spector, Daily Maverick