Help writer to go to Greece

2018-04-24 06:01
Zukiswa Pakama

Zukiswa Pakama

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

A local writer, Zukiswa Pakama from Mowbray, needs help to register to attend the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) awards that will be taking place in Athens, Greece from Thursday 30 August to Saturday 1 September.

Pakama has been nominated for an IBBY award but needs to register before Friday 4 May. Registration costs R10 000 and to make it to the awards she needs to raise a total of R50 000.She is appealing to the community to help her celebrate and represent South Africa at the awards.

She was nominated for her book titled Akulahlwa Mbeleko Ngakufelwa, an IsiXhosa children’s book which is currently being used in schools and is available in community libraries. She says the nomination is a great honour for her because it is not every day that Nguni written literature get international recognition without being translated into English.

“I could not believe it when I was told I am one of the nominees. Indigenous language writers do not really get this level of recognition and I would love to be one of the lucky few to be honoured. This will help promote and preserve our African languages, which are slowly dying with everyone now majoring in English. Unfortunately I was unemployed until last month and I do not have enough money to cover the costs. I ask anyone who can help me to please contact me. Every little donation will make a difference­.”

Her love for writing started at a young age but she was first published in 2000. She gets inspiration from her daily experiences and finds fulfilment in writing and working with language.

V To help Pakama attend the awards, contact her on 078 777 8161 or at


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.