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The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) is pleased to announce that the European Union Literary Award will from now on be known as the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award. The EU Literary Award has been administered by Jacana for the past ten years with generous support from various European Union member-states and partners.  The Dinaane Debut Fiction Award will now be administered by the JLF.  

With the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award the JLF hopes to build on the excellent reputation of the EU Literary Award and will continue to foster vibrant new South African writing talent. Kopano Matlwa, winner of the EU Award in 2007 with Coconut, has been translated into Swedish and Dutch, with a French translation currently underway, and Coconut is a set work at schools across South Africa. Fred Khumalo’s follow-up to his award-winning novel Bitches’ Brew, Seven Steps to Heaven, has been prescribed as a set work at UNISA.

As a result of the EU Literary Award, previously unpublished writers now have careers as novelists. The most recent winner of the EU Literary Award was Penny Busetto for her novel The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself, published in April 2014.

The newly launched Dinaane Award is, like its predecessor, open to unpublished English-language manuscripts by debut writers. In renaming the award and moving into a new era, we wanted to find a word which connotes the many strands of conversation which weave into the common language of fiction. The word ‘dinaane’ in Setswana means ‘telling our stories to one another’, a name which we hope is evocative, accurate and simple.

The deadline for the first Dinaane Award is 1 September 2014. The winning manuscript will be published by Jacana Media in 2015 and the winner awarded a R35 000 prize. The Dinaane Award continues to be supported by Exclusive Books and their Homebru campaign.

Writers who have already submitted their manuscripts under the EU Literary Award-name are advised that they will be automatically entered under the Award’s new name and need not re-submit. Entry forms are available at www.jacana.co.za. For further queries please contact Ester Levinrad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


On the 7th of November, one of the first Khanyisa book packs was handed over to City Kidz Pre and Primary School in Johannesburg. City Kidz Pre and Primary School, established in January 2008, is a Section 21 Non-Profit Company providing much-needed quality care and education to learners from Grade R to Grade 7 whose parents live and work in Johannesburg’s inner-city. Untitled2

The Khanyisa junior school library pack donated to City Kidz consists of a range of beautiful children’s picture book and library resources in a range of local languages. Jacana Media Sales Manager Shay Heydenrych said, “Access to books and reading is an invaluable foundation for growing children’s imaginations and interest and excitement in the world around them. Ensuring that books are placed in under-resourced schools is one of the basic ways in which to grow a culture and love of reading for both the learners and their educators. We challenge all corporates to donate a pack of books to a school in need.”

The book packs are distributed through one of the project partners, Nal’ibali, Breadline, Biblionef, Equal Education and the Centre for the Book.

To kick-start the project, Jacana donated a junior school library pack to Jenny Crwys-Williams’ adopted school, Tshebedisano Primary School in Soweto. ETV then jumped on board and donated Khanyisa book packs to Dowling Primary School in Newclare, the Together in Action Group in Coronationville, the Girls Power Reading Club in Soweto, and the ABC Reading Club at the Bathandwa Orphanage in Khayelitsha. City Kidz’s pack was also donated by ETV.

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• Only 21% of South African schools have adequate libraries
• Many existing libraries are under-stocked and poorly resourced
• 80% of South African learners have not developed basic reading skills by Grade 5
• If we grow literacy at an early stage we increase success in secondary schools and beyond
• Only 1% of South Africans buy books
• Only 14% are active readers
• Only 5% of parents read to their children 


• Jacana Media have carefully selected library packs for both primary and secondary schools
• We have carefully selected partners who have the means and experience to distribute these books to schools where they will be used
• Jacana Media publish many children's books in all 11 languages
• We provide a fool-proof, SARS-approved, tax-beneficial way to get involved


• One point only, buy a pack!
• By purchasing a library pack, which will be placed in a school, you WILL be changing lives
• Secondary school pack: 192 books = R24 797 vat incl.
• Primary school pack: 249 books = R 17 587 vat incl. 


• Wherever you want – our partners will place books in rural primary schools, in schools in Gauteng, in secondary schools in Mpumulanga, wherever you think is good
• Or, you can leave it to them to decide
• Donations of multiple packs are even more welcome


• Nal'ibali (isiXhosa for 'Here's the Story') is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign driven by PRAESA, Times Media and a growing number of partners. www.nalibali.org
• Centre for the Book is an outreach unit of the National Library of South Africa. One of its missions is to provide easy access to books for all. www.nlsa.ac.za
• Biblionef SA is a mother-tongue book donation agency who strives to provide under-resourced children and adolescents with new books. www.biblionefsa.org.za
• Breadline Africa is an internationally registered South African charity that aims to break the cycle of poverty by helping communities help themselves. They have set up container-based libraries in impoverished areas. www.breadlineafrica.org
• Equal Education is a movement of learners, parents, teachers and community members working for quality and equality in South African education through analysis and activism. www.equaleducation.org.za


Just ask and we will send a representative to present this project to anyone who is interested; we believe in it and really think that here we have a chance for change.
Leigh-Ann Harris in Johannesburg, 011 628 3200, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Carol Broomhall in Cape Town, 021 671 1332, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


In his latest book, Obie Oberholzer travels across the Karoo, showing it as it has never been seen before – colourful, mysterious and vibrant, and always surprising. 

There are only 100 individually signed copies of this photographic masterpiece. This rare collector's edition includes two loose-leaf limited prints of photographs and a print of Obie’s handwritten meditation on the Great Karoo road. Each book is beautifully linen-bound and in a sturdy slipcase. Click here for more information on ordering Karoo by Obie Oberholzer.


Jacana Media is delighted to announce that the following books have been selected for the 2014 Sunday Times Literary Awards.
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Jacana Media is delighted to announce that Elizabth van Heyningen's Concentration Camps of the Anglo-Boer War: A Social History has been shortlisted for the 2014 Sunday Times Literary Awards.
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Clive Walker is being awarded a Enviropaedia Lifetime Eco-Logic Achievement Award in association with SABC 3.
The Eco-Logic Awards have been created to enable and assist the consumer to participate in looking after our Planent through the conscious use of their consumer spending power. Every product or service purchased by a consumer has an environmental impact! They encourage and enable the consumer to look for and purchase products and services that have been produced with most care for and least damage to the Earth and its eco-systems.These Awards, initiated by the Enviropaedia and judged by a panel of highly respected, environmentally aware individuals, will investigate a range of products, services and organisations with a view to recognising and rewarding those that have been produced in an eco-logical manner.
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Two of the Guardian's top 10 contemporary African novels are from Jacana Media!

Congratulations to Tendai Huchu (The Hairdresser of Harare)
and Lauren Beukes (Zoo City).


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Jacana Media congratulates Dr Mongane Wally Serote on winning the prestigious Golden Wreath Award.


Dr Serote is the author of the national bestseller, Revelations.
His new novel, Rumours, will be released by Jacana Media early next year.


"Golden Wreath Award places Wally Serote with the greats"
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to read this article (Sunday Weekend Argus, 19 Aug 2012)

"Serote wen gesogte oeuvreprys in Macedonië"
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to read this article (Burger, 17 Aug 2012)

"Serote wen prys in Macedonië"
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The South African Communist Party
Eddy Maloka

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Maid in SA
Zukiswa Wanner

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Zumanomics Revisited
Raymond Parson

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The Otherside
Hillary Rohde
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Armed and Dangerous
Ronnie Kasrils
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Crossing the Line
Liza Grobler
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Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid

Alan Wieder

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James Siddall


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Business Day, 10 September 2013

Why 'avoid corruption' just won't cut it Crossing-the-line-2

It takes a brave person to write a book about corrupt cops when 35% of South Africans are "scared of the police". Independent  Cape Town criminologist Liza Grobler explains that when she began the decade-long research that ended in her doctorate, she did so, not only with police permission but initially with their help. "I think I was given access to the corrupt cops because they
wanted me to see what was out there, and when they saw it, they didn't like it," says Grobler, in Johannesburg to launch, Crossing the Line: When Cops Become Criminals (Jacana). 

She believes the South African Police Service (SAPS), "was not aware of the extent to which corruption was happening in their organisation". When, in 2007, the Cape Argus published a small piece from her thesis, titled A Criminological Examination of Police Criminality, "the police completely lambasted me". Grobler says her phone was tapped. Her credentials as a researcher were attacked and her findings and recommendations were ignored. She felt exposed, alone and had no protection, for she was not a
part of any organisation.


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Sunday Times, 8 September 2013

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The anniversary of the Marikana massacre is a grim testament to the legacy of mining in South Africa. This year is also the centenary of the 1913 Land Act, so the opening this month of Ilan Godfrey's photographic exhibition, Legacy of  the Mine, and the publication of his book of the same name (by Jacana) is imbued with significance. His  images  probe  the  dark side of the industry, the flip side of its  glamour,  profits, aristoc­racy and economic contribution. South Africa has geologically the richest  resource  of mining deposits in the world. Early evi­dence of mining activity dates back to the Iron Age, 1500 years ago. The Mapungubwe archae­ological tinds, including the fa­mous gold rhino sculpture, demonstrate this.

But the mining story in South Africa really takes off with the discovery of diamonds 150 years ago and gold a couple of decades later-events that set the coun­ try on a path of growth and industrialisation, but also ex­ploitation and dispossession. Godfrey is the winner of the Ernest Cole Award, managed by the University of Cape Town Libraries. It enables a documen­tary photographer to prepare a portfolio, exhibition and book that focus on social issues. Cole, the photographer for whom the award is named, pub­lished a book, House of Bondage, in 1967 with images of the gold mines around. Johannesburg, life in the hostels, and the mi­grant labour system. His most famous photograph is of a group of African men standing naked with their arms in the air while being medically examined.

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Business Day, 3 September 2013

An Exhaustive, Feminist-filtered Study

 Jazz vocalist Simphiwe Dana sings mostly in her native tongue, but you don't need to have a grasp of Xhosa to appreciate the beauty of her singing.Clear and easy on the ear, her voice has a lilting, lullaby quality to it. I can put songs such as Undishiyile, taken from her second album, KultureNoir, on repeat, close my eyes and be trans¬ported to the banks of a river, mesmerised by youthful memo¬ries of the gentle pull of water tugging on long, willow tendrils. I can just imagine how much more meaningful it must be to understand what she's saying, which is why Pumla Dineo Gqola's analytical biography of Dana, A Renegade Called Simphiwe, is such an instructive read.


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Mail and Guardian, 6 September 2013

It was the Struggle of a Life Time

Arrested at Liliesleaf, Rivonia, in 1963 at the age of 29,detained without trial, and then charged with the icons of the political struggle for freedom, including Nelson Man¬dela, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and Ahmed Kathrada, Bob Hepple was subsequently released from incarceration and escaped to the United Kingdom.

Fifty years later, after a glittering career in which he was knighted, became master of Clare College, Cam¬bridge, and gained a well-deserved reputation as one of the world's lead¬ing labour lawyers, Hepple has writ¬ten an account of the events from 1960 to1963 that were central to both South African political history and the life of the author.

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The Times, 27 August 2013

Writing a New Story

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  In South Africa it is not hard to get swept along by a wave of pessimism. Everything seems to be getting more expensive, more dangerous, more disjointed., Jobs are hard to come by. Less than 5 million tax payers are trying to sustain more than 16 million people on social grants. If you look at events such as Marikana and anything that ends in "gate", It all seems hope less.

Is South Africa on a downward spiral? Nope, says JPLandman. The analyst, economist and optimist urges us in his new book, The Long View, to look beyond the headlines and take a longer term view of the trends in the country.

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