Blog | Nal'ibali
Home | Blog

Take a look at in-depth pieces and powerful narratives from some of South Africa's best literary minds and critical thinkers, as well as the latest Nal'ibali news and updates. 

Blog

Nali'Bali in the media

The Nal'ibali Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that following a rigorous search, Nqabakazi Mathe-Gina has been appointed as Nal'ibali's new Director from 1 April 2022. 
Read More

Gogo's Tips: Celebrating African languages

Posted on
February, 21st 2022
Hello! It’s Gogo here. February 21 is International Mother Language Day, and I want to remind you of the importance of African languages. Afrikaans:PDF    English: PDF   IsiXhosa: PDF  IsiZulu: PDF
Read More

Nal’ibali makes me feel welcome as a writer

Posted on
February, 10th 2022
My name is Jane Rumbidzai Semu. I am a Zimbabwean living in Cape Town, South Africa. Thabo’s Diary is the first story I have submitted to Nalibali. I did it as a response to Nal’ibali’s Call for stories. My inspiration for writing children’s stories comes from my late mother. As a child, I grew up in a township where there was no access to a local...
Read More

Celebrating 10 years of World Read Aloud Day

Posted on
January, 17th 2022
If, ‘The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page,’ then Nal’ibali – South Africa’s reading-for-enjoyment campaign – has been the catalyst for millions of lifetime journeys. Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for ‘Here’s the story’) was founded in 2012 to spark children's potential through storytelling and reading. Each year since, it has been leading literacy change in SA by galvanising adults into reading...
Read More

Nal'ibali helped me reach more kids as a writer

Posted on
November, 15th 2021
My name is Mbali Dipuo Kgame. I was born in Zola in Soweto, but grew up in a small, isolated township called Poortjie in the Vaal. As a teen, I moved back to Zola, so both places have influenced my writing and creativity. I have written two stories for Nal’ibali, Hair Magic for Radio Stories Season 5 and The Djembe Drum for Season 6. Hair...
Read More
On Friday, 17 September, children across South Africa will be invited to mail a postcard to their loved ones anywhere in the country, free of charge at selected post offices. This opportunity – a commemoration of National Literacy Month – is made possible by the South African Post Office and Nal’ibali. Nal’ibali, a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading, has...
Read More
  Storytelling is an essential forerunner in children’s literacy development and an important way of preserving culture and language. Yet many of the same stories appear in different parts of the world: passed down from generation to generation, retold in various languages and with different cultural adaptations. These classic fairy tales contain important moral lessons and universal human truths.    As part of Literacy and Heritage Month,...
Read More

Q&A with KZN FUNda Leader - Florah Dlamini

Posted on
August, 18th 2021
Meet  53 year old mam Florah Dlamini. From Centocow in Mzikhulu, a small town three hours from Durban. Florah has a reading club in her community and has over the years encouraged many other parents and caregivers to do the same. What are you currently working on for Nal'ibali and what do you enjoy doing most?  Reading books with children is what I mostly enjoy doing. I...
Read More
By: Yandiswa Xhakaza As a woman, you either love or hate the month of August. It's the month when women are inundated with requests to attend events, asked to share their experiences, struggles, triumphs, and are reminded of how much more they can (read: should) achieve, despite the challenges they endure. What does it mean to be a woman? This is a personal question because it...
Read More
Meet our Eastern Cape FUNda Leader, 38-year-old Zanele Ndlovu from Gwenxintaba village in Lusikisiki. Zanele is passionate about literacy and has been involved in several initiatives to help instill the love of reading for children in her community. What are you currently working on for Nal'ibali and what do you enjoy doing most? I am the co-founder and director of the Novulakuvaliwe Library. We work with...
Read More