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We are the stories we tell

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October, 19th 2015
Sindiwe Magona, an accomplished South African writer, literary activist and retired teacher, is a judge in Nal’ibali’s storytelling competition being run this September and will help crown South Africa’s first ‘Story Bosso’. Sindiwe, who has grown up on stories, feels that our identity is inseparable from the stories we tell: In traditional societies, stories were an integral part of the socialisation of the child. They were...
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Alinah Segobye is an academic, writer, storyteller and futurist. She holds an honorary professorship at the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute and is the former Deputy Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa. Alinah explores the role of technology in developing a reading culture in Africa: How did the first rock-art artist get inspired? Was it a young doodler sent to...
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Celebrating elders as storytellers

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October, 16th 2015
As Africans, we have a deep history of storytelling and one that is in danger of being left behind as we move into an increasingly digital way of life. To celebrate the power of storytelling, Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, recently ran a countrywide storytelling talent search, Story Bosso. In the process of inviting all South Africans, young and old, to share their stories,...
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An advocate of literacy and lover of reading herself, Metro FM’s news anchor and host of the entertainment report, Refiloe Mpakanyane, has partnered with the national Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign to bring the power of story to the Tikvah Day Care Centre in Watville. Visiting the centre on Tuesday 13 October, Mpakanyane together with Nal’ibali trainer, Portia Daniso, not only handed over a mini library of...
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Thabiso Mahlape is a publisher with Jacana. She recently launched a new book imprint, BlackBird Books, which seeks to provide a platform and publishing home to both new voices and the existing generation of black writers and narratives. Thabiso believes that relevant South African stories are the key to a culture of reading: When I was about five or six, I didn’t know about books, about reading for...
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Why stories are not just for bedtime

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October, 13th 2015
Do you read to your children regularly? Many parents who read to their children do this as part of their children’s bedtime routine. They cuddle up to their children and read a story or two before it’s time for their children to drift off to dreamland. Bedtime stories are an easy way of helping your children to relax at the end of a busy...
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Meet the team behind the Nal'ibali supplement

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October, 2nd 2015
The team behind the Nal'ibali supplement come from all walks of life, but they all share one passion: the love of language and literature. As the only bilingual resource of its kind in South Africa – the supplement offers the children and their caregivers the opportunity to enjoy stories and read material in English, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho and Afrikaans thanks to these linguistic wizards....
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This September we released the 100th edition of the Nal’ibali newspaper supplement (click here to browse our archive). As the only bilingual resource of its kind in South Africa, the supplement bridges home, community and school to encourage and enable reading for enjoyment among adults and children of all ages. Since the supplement launched in June 2012, more than 20 million copies have been published...
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This month, the Nal'ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign celebrates the 100th edition of its popular literacy supplement produced in partnership with Times Media. As the only bilingual resource of its kind in South Africa, it bridges home, community and school to promote and enable reading for joy and personal satisfaction among children and their parents or caregivers in African languages and English. Available in five different language combinations,...
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The power of translation

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September, 22nd 2015
Kholeka Sigenu is an award-winning author from the Eastern Cape. A former teacher and storyteller, she made it one of her life goals to help preserve the traditional African tales told to her by her grandmother. Take a look at her experience of sharing the power of stories in different languages: A couple of years after publishing my folktales book, Ezakowethu, in my mother tongue IsiXhosa, I decided to...
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