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Literacy Month

What’s it all about?

Literacy day and heritage month is celebrated in September and Nal’ibali is celebrating the rich diversity of culture in South Africa, by reawakening a love of African stories. 

How Nal'ibali is celebrating

This Literacy Month, Nal’ibali invites all South Africans to share their storytelling talents, by telling us their favourite story. Every story has a main character, and often that character is a hero. And we are giving away 5 x R1000 Takealot vouchers to the 5 best stories we get! See the competition entry details further down on this page. 

How to get started

To honour cultural diversity in South Africa we have written six brand new stories by Zulu, Xhosa, Sesotho, Setswana, Afrikaans, and Sepedi authors, the six most widely spoken languages in our country, and each translated into English. Available as bilingual story cards, the stories touch on cultural practices unique to each cultural group and are here to help us learn about and celebrate one other’s heritage and customs. 

Read all six stories – and write your own! We’d love to hear about your favourite custom. Enter the competition.

The stories are available for you to download and enjoy with your family FOR FREE.

Read the stories in your home language

Good dog, Bruno!
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Lerato’s dance concert
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Rugby with granny
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A new baby comes home
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Nozi’s tooth
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The goat herders
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How to play the board game

To add to the storytelling fun, we have designed a boardgame for children to play with one another, and with their caregivers, to help them to make up their own story!

The boardgames are available for you to download FOR FREE.

How to play the board game

Follow the path and take turns to tell a story about a character or hero.

1. This is a game for 2 to 6 players.
2. Decide which player will start and who will go next until all the players have had a turn. Keep playing in this order for the rest of the game.
3. The first player begins building the story at ①. The second player continues the story at ②, and so on.
4. All the players take turns to follow the blocks on the path.
5. Add ONE sentence to the story at each block.
6. When one of the players gets to THE END, your story is complete.

Download the board game

English/Afrikaans PDF
English/Ndebele PDF
English/Sepedi PDF
English/Sesotho PDF
English/Setswana PDF
English/Siswati PDF
English/Tshivenda PDF
English/Xhosa PDF
English/Xitsonga PDF
English/Zulu PDF


Nal'ibali is giving away 5 x R1000 Takealot vouchers to 5 lucky storytellers! Anyone can enter – all ages and languages are welcome. Practise telling your story by playing our special board game with friends or family. All family-friendly stories are welcome. Tell or read your story in any of South Africa’s 11 official languages.

How to enter

Send us a written, video or audio clip of your story in one of these ways (include your name, province, age, contact details, and language):

  • Upload it HERE
  • DM it to our Facebook page: nalibaliSA.
  • Email it to
  • WhatsApp it to 0600 44 22 54.

Competition tips and guidelines

  • Use Nal’ibali’s specially developed storytelling boardgame to remember and tell a story you already know, or to create your own story! Any other family-friendly story is also welcome.
  • If you're recording your story, practise it as often as you can before recording it.
  • You don’t have to learn it by heart. Stories can change a little each time they are told.
  • Choose descriptive words to build a picture in your listeners’ minds.
  • Speak slowly, clearly and with expression.
  • Before you tell your story, clearly state your name, age, province, contact details and language. Include the name of your story, if you have one.
  • Competition closes on 30 September 2022.