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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Registration deadline: February 28, 2014.

The Academic and Non-fiction Authors’ Association of South Africa (ANFASA) was founded on March 13, 2004, as the first national association specifically for authors of non-fiction works, textbooks and academic books, dedicated to promoting their works, sharing information and offering advice.

ANFASA) will celebrate its 10th anniversary by reflecting on the issues facing writers today. The ANFASA conference takes place in Boksburg from March 13 to 15, 2014.

Among the hot topics up for discussion during the conference will be the rapid advances in digital publishing and the increasing move towards open and free access to published works. Technology is certainly changing the way authors engage with their readers, and can be used to help learners access educational materials in the digital age – but what about the author’s right to fair remuneration?

Mbulelo Mzamane, former Director of the Centre for African Literary Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, will chair a panel discussion on policies and practices relating to indigenous languages in education in the 20 years since democracy, focusing on how best to incorporate indigenous languages within the school curriculum.

The protection of authors’ intellectual property will be examined in depth by an international panel and open-access systems will be debated by a panel chaired by the University of Pretoria’s Beth le Roux. The panellists include Keyan Tomaselli from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

ANFASA invites authors of academic and non-fiction material – regardless of whether their works have appeared in print – to register to attend the three-day conference which will take place at the Birchwood Conference Centre on Johannesburg’s East Rand. For more details visit or e-mail