Indigenous Literature Launch

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03 Nov 2006

The Minister of Arts & Culture, Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan, will launch the latest addition to the indigenous Xhosa literature project at Lookout Hills, in Khayelitsha on Saturday, 4 November 2006 from 2pm.

The novel, “Ndenzeni” by author Nomvuyo Ngcelwane is the third book to be published by James Matthew’s Realities Press which has been in the forefront of providing opportunities for writers in indigenous languages, especially Xhosa.

The Ministry of Arts & Culture has provided funds for the initiative.
“It is a small step towards encouraging writing in indigenous languages.
The mandate of the Ministry is to promote language equity and it is important for us to give support to initiatives that not only highlight the talent of indigenous writers but encourage them to write in their own mother tongue.

Renowned poet turned publisher, James Matthews has our full support and we are very glad that there are people who believe that writers in indigenous language also deserve to have their works published and their talents affirmed,” said Minister Jordan. Ngcelwane’s “Ndenzeni” is the third Xhosa title to be Published by Realities Press this year. The other two are poetry anthology “Amazwi Amatsha” by Abner Nyamandu and “Kubantwana Bam” by Sindiwe Magona.

Event: Indigenous Literature Project
Book Title: Ndenzeni by Nomvuyo Ngcelwane
Place: Lookout Hills, Corner Spine & Mew Way Road, Khayelitsha
Time: 2pm

For further details, contact Sandile Memela, Spokesperson at 082 800 3750 or Premi Appalraju, Media Liaison Officer at 082 375 2939.