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Tuesday, June 26, 2018


(Xolile Zondi, ACT Trustee Caroline Smart and Nolwazi Zuma)

Kwasukasukela Media is a start-up media business that aims to provide empowerment to African Black service providers. It was founded by Xolile Zondi and Nolwazi Zuma.

The project aims to fulfil a need in the South African languages literature for children aged between 0-12. There is a lack of material written in any of the South African indigenous languages for this age group.

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) supported by Nedbank provided a grant to Kwasukasukela Media which will be used for procuring graphic design services, a printing service and an external editor to ensure a high standard. The products will assist in filling a current gap in the literature market in South Africa by making children's books in Nguni languages more accessible for parents and their children

Kwasukasukela Media will employ young, black writers, illustrators and graphics artists to work on their products.

“Sustainability: Studies have been conducted by numerous organisations (e.g. UNICEF, The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA)) highlighting the benefits of mother-tongue learning for children. These studies show that children start to learn English at school at an early age and then tend to struggle to be as fluent in their home language at the same rate as they are able to with the English language. At Kwasukasukela Media we feel that a learning mind is a growing mind,” say the founders.

Kwasukasukela Media’s first publication in isiZulu, Isifundo sikaDoobsy, was launched at the Durban Art Gallery on June 16, 2018.

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