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25 February 2011 9:55 This year’s Time of the Writer Festival in Durban takes place from March 14 to 19 and the line-up consists of 21 writers from home and abroad. The festival, which has been going on for 14 years, has an impressive alumni including Nigeria’s Wole Soyinka, Somalia’s Nuruddin Farah, Zimbabwe’s Tsitsi Dangarembga, Unity Dow from Botswana, Tom Holland and Barbara Trapido from England. The local contingent comprise Fred Khumalo, Kopano Matlwa, Zakes Mda, Pamela Jooste, Nadine Gordimer, Deon Meyer, Eric Miyeni, John van de Ruit and Lewis Nkosi. The list goes on and on through the years, which is heartening as it reflects that writing is a growth industry. Delivering this year’s keynote speech is Albie Sachs, two-time winner of the Alan Paton Award. The former Consitutional Court judge’s address is entitled Free ­Spirits and ­Ravaged Souls – Tensions at the Heart of Freedom of Expression. It introduces this year’s theme which is freedom of expression, a topical issue as ­ordinary people around the Arab world have their say. The line-up for this year’s Time of the Writer is yet again a mix of new and ­established writers, all with something to add to the debate about what people write about, how they write it and above all the future of the book and the written word in our ever-evolving ­technological world. Among the authors attending are Chris van Wyk, Azad Essa, Sarah Nuttall, Achille Mbembe, Njabulo Ndebele, Biyi Bandele and Raj Patel. For a full programme of events, visit website www.cca.ukzn.ac.za » Every year the French-flavoured Western Cape grape town of Franschhoek hosts a literary festival that draws authors, publishers and booksellers from around the world and the country. This year’s festival takes place from May 13 to 15, so there is still time for you to book your spot. Though it has only been going on for four years, the festival has created quite a buzz in that short period and it probably helps that the setting is so picturesque and there is wine within easy reach all the time. Though the line-up isn’t yet complete, among this year’s visitors are Colin Cotterill, the creator of Laos-based coroner Dr Siri Paiboun, as well as the author of Other People’s Money, Justin Cartwright. Authors such as Anna Trapido and Tim Couzens will be on hand to talk about writing about Nelson Mandela for Writing Madiba chaired by Max du Preez. Visit website www.flf.co.za » On March 4 Mpumalanga, Our ­Beautiful Province by Sabelo Mahlalela will be launched at Mhloti Nature Reserve Chimp Eden. The book is a pictorial ­journey through the province that is home to the Kruger National Park. The event begins at 6.30pm. 011 339 1000. » The bestselling author of the self-help book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is coming to South Africa on Wednesday to present his seminar, Lead Without a Title. Robin Sharma will host the seminar at the Sandton Sun Hotel and promises that his talk will illuminate all sorts of parts of your life. Tickets are R1 800 through Computicket. To find out more, visit website www.robinsharmasa.co.za » Hein Marais’ book South Africa Pushed to the Limit: The Political Economy of Change is going on a nationwide roadshow with the author giving talks at four of the country’s major universities. The tour kicks off at the University of Witwatersrand on Tuesday at 6pm at Senate House. It then travels to Durban’s Howard College on Wednesday and Thursday, and on to Rhodes University in Grahamstown on Friday and finally to the University of Cape Town on March 7. For more information: 021 674 0361. Compiled by Gayle Edmunds and Gail Smith
Book aims to sell Mpumalanga as tourist destination
Mar 05,2011,7:09:00 AM
SABC NEWS
A coffee table book paying tribute to the natural beauty'of Mpumalanga was launched in Mbombela last night. The book, authored by the chairperson of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency Sabelo Mahlalela, draws attention to the unlocked potential of the province.
Mpumalanga, 'the place where the sun rises', is an excellent holiday destination for foreigners and South Africans alike. With its vast array of scenic beauty and natural features, Mpumalanga is a breath taking place. These and much more keep thousands of visitors returning'to the province yearly. The book, "Mpumalanga, our Beautiful Province", demonstrates the wonderful tourism potential' of the province. 'Mahlalela says, "What I've tried to do in this book was really to give a different perspective of Mpumalanga from a naturally based perspective. If you look at the book you will see I tried to make it easy for people to read and I am amazed by the beautiful character of Mpumalanga."
Awesome pictures.
MAY 17, 2011 | EDWARD TSUMELE
Get your hands on this coffee table book entitled Mpumalanga, Our Beautiful Province
WHEN a photographer colleague saw me holding this book he simply grabbed without as much as a by your leave... Normally he is not that rude. I guess that he just couldn't resist the beautiful pictures. He refused to give the book back for what seemed like an eternity. I fully understood his behaviour. The pictures are truly beautiful. The book takes you straight into the heart of Mpumalanga with its amazingly beautiful scenery that makes you realise that God has gifted the province with exceptional beauty. And the photography in this book captures God's creation magnificently. Interspersed with carefully chosen verses from the Big Book, the Holy Bible itself, with intellectually and spiritually intense reflections from the author, Sabelo Mahlalela, this coffee table book is called Mpumalanga Our Beautiful Province. It has fine quotations opposite breathtakingly beautiful photographs of landmark sites and scenes. It is bound in hard cover with a detachable sleeve. It's a collector's item indeed. It is also very useful to both domestic and foreign tourists. With 300 pages of text and pictures, the price tag of R350 is not bad at all. This pictorial journey through South Africa's scenic province of showcases the strong thread between humanity and nature. It demonstrates how, since time immemorial, these two creations of God were in sync. From the birds flying majestically against the background of clouded skies, to the fierce and confident pose of a leopard scanning the terrain, to the bewildered squirrel staring into its world, to the self-satisfied snake devouring its prey, the book displays the beauty of Mpumalanga in spectacular fashion. By contrast, there is the brown earth with the green leaves bejewelled with morning dew, the harsh mountain rock face with a field of flowers in full bloom and the undulating hills with the open plains. Interspersed with inspirational verses from the Bible as well the author's own reflections on life, the book is a thoughtful appreciation of the beauty of Mpumalanga - Africa's most under- celebrated treasure. One of Mpumalanga's most iconic natural features is God's Window, that vantage point from which you can witness the splendour of the province. "This book illustrates why Mpumalanga itself is God's own window into the world," writes Mondli Makhanya, editor in chief of Avusa Media, in a foreword to the book. Mahlalela will be at Darkie Café on the corner of Anderson and Ferreira streets, Johannesburg, on May 26 from 5.30 until 6.30pm in conversation with Makhanya, to discuss the motivation and scenic photography in the book. The book will be on sale at the event.
Selling Mpumalanga delights.
By Madala Thepa Soweton
May 30 2011 11:34AM
Coffee table books are by nature cobbled together for the tourist, the fortunate lottery winners who suddenly have time on their hands and travellers who love to read while waiting for something to happen. Egotism is a big factor of coffee table books, especially vanity press initiatives, and back covers are known to spout the most flowery commentary on such books. We also know that these books are not taken too seriously because they suffer some duplicitous infractions. The writing is sometimes substandard and the pictorials can be dull and raw, especially the vanity press books. Much of Sabelo Mahlalela’s debut book, Mpumalanga, Our Beautiful Province, is on nature and performs largely on the content side. There is meaning in the interpretation because much of it draws from religious and business quotes. The pictures include images of birds, flowers and animals but are too cavalierly presented. But somehow Mahlalela is able to weave a readable interpretation of the pictures. There is this engaging and intelligent way of interpreting the characteristics and behavioural patterns of animals in relation to life experiences. “I have used the pictures to illustrate certain things in life and in business. For example, I’m arguing the case of the Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga and whether this was in reference to the biblical river in Genesis, whose water was separated,” he says. “The book has quotations opposite each page of breathtakingly beautiful photographs of landmark sites and scenes from Mpumalanga province. This is a pictorial book that is focusing on the beauty of the province from the perspective of nature – we are talking flowers, birds, wildlife, and landmark sites. The book has 300 pages and more than 140 pictures. So the text is a combination of some scripture from the Bible and my own interpretation of life in general.”Mpumalanga, Our Beautiful Province is a self-published book, a self-funded initiative from a man who is in love with nature. Mahlalela is committing a portion of the proceeds to a foundation of his choice, which deals with youth development, especially education. Mahlalela has no formal background in photography or writing, but he can take some beautiful snapshots. “I’m very new in this field. I just love the bush. Some of the pictures I took myself and others were taken by a professional photographer. I also worked with a writer on this project,” he says. The sales handle for the book reads in part: “This pictorial journey through South Africa’s scenic province of Mpumalanga showcases the strong thread between humanity and nature. “From the birds flying majestically against the background of clouded skies, to the fierce and confident pose of the leopard scanning the terrain, to the bewildered squirrel staring into its world, to the self-satisfied snake chewing on prey, the book displays the beauty of Mpumalanga in a spectacular fashion. “It contrasts the raw brown earth with the green leaves bejewelled with morning dew, the harsh mountain rock-face with a field of flowers in full bloom and the undulating hills with the open plains.“What shines through strongly in this book is life and the celebration thereof, as experienced through the gushing water forcing its way over a waterfall and the intensity of lions conferring in the plains. “Interspersed with inspirational verses from the Bible as well as the author’s own reflections on life, the book is a thoughtful appreciation of the beauty of Mpumalanga -- Africa’s most under-celebrated treasure.”
Sabelo Mahlalela’s self-published debut book focuses on the beauty of Mpumalanga and its wildlife.
HET JY GEHOOR ?
14 Mei 2013
Wat jy by Melinda Bam kan leer …
deur Marguerite van Wyk- Sarie
Melinda Bam, Mej. Suid-Afrika 2012, moes op 19 Desember verlede jaar in Las Vegas, Texas, vrede maak daarmee dat een van haar grootste drome gesneuwel het. Hoewel sy nie die Mej. Heelal-kroon huis toe gebring het nie, het dit haar wel aangevuur tot nuwe uitdagings. WAT NOU? “Ek het die kroon aan my vingerpunte gevoel met die aanbreek van Mej. Heelal. Op die groot aand het ek gevoel soos ’n atleet wat uit sy wegspringblokke wil breek. Ek wou as Mej. Heelal nuwe kulture beleef en Suid-Afrika se ambassadeur wees. Dit was soos ’n roeping. Toe ek op die groot aand in my goue rok van die Suid-Afrikaanse ontwerper Peter Bondesio op die verhoog stap, was daar by my geen twyfel dat ek sou wen nie. Maar toe ek nie in die top-5 was nie [sy was in die top-10], het my wêreld stil geraak. Mej. Amerika, Olivia Culpo, het gewen. Ek het gewonder waar ek te kort skiet. En toe dink ek: ‘Wat nou?’ Ek moes my toekoms góú in ’n ander rigting stuur. “Gelukkig het vriende en familie steeds in my geglo. Dit het my baie gehelp. Ek glo ook as een deur toegaan, gaan ’n ander een oop. Dankie tog vir my kosbare vriend, Adriaan Bergh [Mnr. SA 2011], ’n sakeman van Pretoria, wat ek kort ná die Mej. Heelal-wedstryd vir ’n vakansie in New York ontmoet het. Daar gebeur iets magical met jou selfvertroue as jou geliefde en sielsgenoot jou ondersteun. Hy bid selfs saam met my as ek hartseer is. “Ek het besef ek moes my energie en passie vir Suid-Afrika net op ’n manier gebruik. Nou is ek opgewonde oor ?my nuwe onderneming, Bambshell, ’n swem- en ’n onderklere-reeks. Dit word aan die einde van die jaar bekend gestel. Om deur ontwerp terug te?keer na my kunstenaar-wortels is ’n avontuur. Ek voel ek help vroue om hul kurwes, sagtheid en sensualiteit te vier. “Die reeks het my ook gewys wat ek kon regkry toe die lewe my aan die diepkant ingegooi het.” LIEF VIR SA “Ek het in die begin van die jaar ook betrokke geraak by ’n projek waardeur ons hopelik sowat 411 laerskole in Mpumalanga sal bereik. Dié inisiatief is begin deur die Ziya-stigting,’n organisasie sonder winsbejag.?Dit is geïnspireer deur die boek Mpumalanga, Our Beautiful Province deur Sabelo Mahlalela [African Perspectives, R 455. Kinders sal kan deelneem aan ’n opstelwedstryd waarin hulle enige aspek van dié provinsie kan besing. Die beste skryfwerk sal vervat word in ’n bundel. Die publiek sal ook uiteindelik saam met borge kan stem watter tien kinders deel sal word van ’n mentorskapprogram. “Dié program sal hopelik mettertyd landwyd uitbrei. Ek is deel van? die bemarkingspan en sal onder?meer praatjies lewer by skole oor my liefde vir Suid-Afrika. Ek sal ook natuurbewaringsorganisasies probeer werf om deel te wees van die mentorskapprogram. “Ek wil ’n verskil onder die jeug maak. Dit is lekker om betrokke te wees by ’n projek wat my so trots laat voel op Suid-Afrika.”

Where the words and writers will be.

25 February 2011 9:55 This year’s Time of the Writer Festival in Durban takes place from March 14 to 19 and the line-up consists of 21 writers from home and abroad. The festival, which has been going on for 14 years, has an impressive alumni including Nigeria’s Wole Soyinka, Somalia’s Nuruddin Farah, Zimbabwe’s Tsitsi Dangarembga, Unity Dow from Botswana, Tom Holland and Barbara Trapido from England. The local contingent comprise Fred Khumalo, Kopano Matlwa, Zakes Mda, Pamela Jooste, Nadine Gordimer, Deon Meyer, Eric Miyeni, John van de Ruit and Lewis Nkosi. The list goes on and on through the years, which is heartening as it reflects that writing is a growth industry. Delivering this year’s keynote speech is Albie Sachs, two-time winner of the Alan Paton Award. The former Consitutional Court judge’s address is entitled Free ­Spirits and ­Ravaged Souls – Tensions at the Heart of Freedom of Expression. It introduces this year’s theme which is freedom of expression, a topical issue as ­ordinary people around the Arab world have their say. The line-up for this year’s Time of the Writer is yet again a mix of new and ­established writers, all with something to add to the debate about what people write about, how they write it and above all the future of the book and the written word in our ever-evolving ­technological world. Among the authors attending are Chris van Wyk, Azad Essa, Sarah Nuttall, Achille Mbembe, Njabulo Ndebele, Biyi Bandele and Raj Patel. For a full programme of events, visit website www.cca.ukzn.ac.za » Every year the French-flavoured Western Cape grape town of Franschhoek hosts a literary festival that draws authors, publishers and booksellers from around the world and the country. This year’s festival takes place from May 13 to 15, so there is still time for you to book your spot. Though it has only been going on for four years, the festival has created quite a buzz in that short period and it probably helps that the setting is so picturesque and there is wine within easy reach all the time. Though the line-up isn’t yet complete, among this year’s visitors are Colin Cotterill, the creator of Laos-based coroner Dr Siri Paiboun, as well as the author of Other People’s Money, Justin Cartwright. Authors such as Anna Trapido and Tim Couzens will be on hand to talk about writing about Nelson Mandela for Writing Madiba chaired by Max du Preez. Visit website www.flf.co.za » On March 4 Mpumalanga, Our ­Beautiful Province by Sabelo Mahlalela will be launched at Mhloti Nature Reserve Chimp Eden. The book is a pictorial ­journey through the province that is home to the Kruger National Park. The event begins at 6.30pm. 011 339 1000. » The bestselling author of the self-help book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is coming to South Africa on Wednesday to present his seminar, Lead Without a Title. Robin Sharma will host the seminar at the Sandton Sun Hotel and promises that his talk will illuminate all sorts of parts of your life. Tickets are R1 800 through Computicket. To find out more, visit website www.robinsharmasa.co.za » Hein Marais’ book South Africa Pushed to the Limit: The Political Economy of Change is going on a nationwide roadshow with the author giving talks at four of the country’s major universities. The tour kicks off at the University of Witwatersrand on Tuesday at 6pm at Senate House. It then travels to Durban’s Howard College on Wednesday and Thursday, and on to Rhodes University in Grahamstown on Friday and finally to the University of Cape Town on March 7. For more information: 021 674 0361. Compiled by Gayle Edmunds and Gail Smith
Book aims to sell Mpumalanga as tourist destination
Mar 05,2011,7:09:00 AM
SABC NEWS
A coffee table book paying tribute to the natural beauty'of Mpumalanga was launched in Mbombela last night. The book, authored by the chairperson of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency Sabelo Mahlalela, draws attention to the unlocked potential of the province.
Mpumalanga, 'the place where the sun rises', is an excellent holiday destination for foreigners and South Africans alike. With its vast array of scenic beauty and natural features, Mpumalanga is a breath taking place. These and much more keep thousands of visitors returning'to the province yearly. The book, "Mpumalanga, our Beautiful Province", demonstrates the wonderful tourism potential' of the province. 'Mahlalela says, "What I've tried to do in this book was really to give a different perspective of Mpumalanga from a naturally based perspective. If you look at the book you will see I tried to make it easy for people to read and I am amazed by the beautiful character of Mpumalanga."
Awesome pictures.
MAY 17, 2011 | EDWARD TSUMELE
Get your hands on this coffee table book entitled Mpumalanga, Our Beautiful Province. WHEN a photographer colleague saw me holding this book he simply grabbed without as much as a by your leave... Normally he is not that rude. I guess that he just couldn't resist the beautiful pictures. He refused to give the book back for what seemed like an eternity. I fully understood his behaviour. The pictures are truly beautiful. The book takes you straight into the heart of Mpumalanga with its amazingly beautiful scenery that makes you realise that God has gifted the province with exceptional beauty. And the photography in this book captures God's creation magnificently. Interspersed with carefully chosen verses from the Big Book, the Holy Bible itself, with intellectually and spiritually intense reflections from the author, Sabelo Mahlalela, this coffee table book is called Mpumalanga Our Beautiful Province. It has fine quotations opposite breathtakingly beautiful photographs of landmark sites and scenes. It is bound in hard cover with a detachable sleeve. It's a collector's item indeed.
It is also very useful to both domestic and foreign tourists. With 300 pages of text and pictures, the price tag of R350 is not bad at all. This pictorial journey through South Africa's scenic province of showcases the strong thread between humanity and nature. It demonstrates how, since time immemorial, these two creations of God were in sync. From the birds flying majestically against the background of clouded skies, to the fierce and confident pose of a leopard scanning the terrain, to the bewildered squirrel staring into its world, to the self-satisfied snake devouring its prey, the book displays the beauty of Mpumalanga in spectacular fashion. By contrast, there is the brown earth with the green leaves bejewelled with morning dew, the harsh mountain rock face with a field of flowers in full bloom and the undulating hills with the open plains. Interspersed with inspirational verses from the Bible as well the author's own reflections on life, the book is a thoughtful appreciation of the beauty of Mpumalanga - Africa's most under- celebrated treasure. One of Mpumalanga's most iconic natural features is God's window, that vantage point from which you can witness the splendour of the province. "This book illustrates why Mpumalanga itself is God's own window into the world," writes Mondli Makhanya, editor in chief of Avusa Media, in a foreword to the book. Mahlalela will be at Darkie Café on the corner of Anderson and Ferreira streets, Johannesburg, on May 26 from 5.30 until 6.30pm in conversation with Makhanya, to discuss the motivation and scenic photography in the book.  The book will be on sale at the event.
Selling Mpumalanga delights. By Madala Thepa Soweton May 30 2011 11:34AM
Sabelo Mahlalela’s self-published debut book focuses on the beauty of Mpumalanga and its wildlife.
Coffee table books are by nature cobbled together for the tourist, the fortunate lottery winners who suddenly have time on their hands and travellers who love to read while waiting for something to happen. Egotism is a big factor of coffee table books, especially vanity press initiatives, and back covers are known to spout the most flowery commentary on such books. We also know that these books are not taken too seriously because they suffer some duplicitous infractions. The writing is sometimes substandard and the pictorials can be dull and raw, especially the vanity press books. Much of Sabelo Mahlalela’s debut book, Mpumalanga, Our Beautiful Province, is on nature and performs largely on the content side. There is meaning in the interpretation because much of it draws from religious and business quotes. The pictures include images of birds, flowers and animals but are too cavalierly presented. But somehow Mahlalela is able to weave a readable interpretation of the pictures. There is this engaging and intelligent way of interpreting the characteristics and behavioural patterns of animals in relation to life experiences. “I have used the pictures to illustrate certain things in life and in business. For example, I’m arguing the case of the Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga and whether this was in reference to the biblical river in Genesis, whose water was separated,” he says. “The book has quotations opposite each page of breathtakingly beautiful photographs of landmark sites and scenes from Mpumalanga province. This is a pictorial book that is focusing on the beauty of the province from the perspective of nature – we are talking flowers, birds, wildlife, and landmark sites. The book has 300 pages and more than 140 pictures. So the text is a combination of some scripture from the Bible and my own interpretation of life in general.”Mpumalanga, Our Beautiful Province is a self-published book, a self-funded initiative from a man who is in love with nature. Mahlalela is committing a portion of the proceeds to a foundation of his choice, which deals with youth development, especially education. Mahlalela has no formal background in photography or writing, but he can take some beautiful snapshots. “I’m very new in this field. I just love the bush. Some of the pictures I took myself and others were taken by a professional photographer. I also worked with a writer on this project,” he says. The sales handle for the book reads in part: “This pictorial journey through South Africa’s scenic province of Mpumalanga showcases the strong thread between humanity and nature. “From the birds flying majestically against the background of clouded skies, to the fierce and confident pose of the leopard scanning the terrain, to the bewildered squirrel staring into its world, to the self-satisfied snake chewing on prey, the book displays the beauty of Mpumalanga in a spectacular fashion. “It contrasts the raw brown earth with the green leaves bejewelled with morning dew, the harsh mountain rock-face with a field of flowers in full bloom and the undulating hills with the open plains.“What shines through strongly in this book is life and the celebration thereof, as experienced through the gushing water forcing its way over a waterfall and the intensity of lions conferring in the plains. “Interspersed with inspirational verses from the Bible as well as the author’s own reflections on life, the book is a thoughtful appreciation of the beauty of Mpumalanga -- Africa’s most under-celebrated treasure.”
HET JY GEHOOR ?
Wat jy by Melinda Bam kan leer …
deur Marguerite van Wyk- Sarie
14 Mei 2013
Melinda Bam, Mej. Suid-Afrika 2012, moes op 19 Desember verlede jaar in Las Vegas, Texas, vrede maak daarmee dat een van haar grootste drome gesneuwel het. Hoewel sy nie die Mej. Heelal-kroon huis toe gebring het nie, het dit haar wel aangevuur tot nuwe uitdagings. WAT NOU? “Ek het die kroon aan my vingerpunte gevoel met die aanbreek van Mej. Heelal. Op die groot aand het ek gevoel soos ’n atleet wat uit sy wegspringblokke wil breek. Ek wou as Mej. Heelal nuwe kulture beleef en Suid-Afrika se ambassadeur wees. Dit was soos ’n roeping. Toe ek op die groot aand in my goue rok van die Suid-Afrikaanse ontwerper Peter Bondesio op die verhoog stap, was daar by my geen twyfel dat ek sou wen nie. Maar toe ek nie in die top-5 was nie [sy was in die top-10], het my wêreld stil geraak. Mej. Amerika, Olivia Culpo, het gewen. Ek het gewonder waar ek te kort skiet. En toe dink ek: ‘Wat nou?’ Ek moes my toekoms góú in ’n ander rigting stuur. “Gelukkig het vriende en familie steeds in my geglo. Dit het my baie gehelp. Ek glo ook as een deur toegaan, gaan ’n ander een oop. Dankie tog vir my kosbare vriend, Adriaan Bergh [Mnr. SA 2011], ’n sakeman van Pretoria, wat ek kort ná die Mej. Heelal-wedstryd vir ’n vakansie in New York ontmoet het. Daar gebeur iets magical met jou selfvertroue as jou geliefde en sielsgenoot jou ondersteun. Hy bid selfs saam met my as ek hartseer is. “Ek het besef ek moes my energie en passie vir Suid-Afrika net op ’n manier gebruik. Nou is ek opgewonde oor ?my nuwe onderneming, Bambshell, ’n swem- en ’n onderklere-reeks. Dit word aan die einde van die jaar bekend gestel. Om deur ontwerp terug te?keer na my kunstenaar-wortels is ’n avontuur. Ek voel ek help vroue om hul kurwes, sagtheid en sensualiteit te vier. “Die reeks het my ook gewys wat ek kon regkry toe die lewe my aan die diepkant ingegooi het.” LIEF VIR SA “Ek het in die begin van die jaar ook betrokke geraak by ’n projek waardeur ons hopelik sowat 411 laerskole in Mpumalanga sal bereik. Dié inisiatief is begin deur die Ziya-stigting,’n organisasie sonder winsbejag.?Dit is geïnspireer deur die boek Mpumalanga, Our Beautiful Province deur Sabelo Mahlalela [African Perspectives, R 455. Kinders sal kan deelneem aan ’n opstelwedstryd waarin hulle enige aspek van dié provinsie kan besing. Die beste skryfwerk sal vervat word in ’n bundel. Die publiek sal ook uiteindelik saam met borge kan stem watter tien kinders deel sal word van ’n mentorskapprogram. “Dié program sal hopelik mettertyd landwyd uitbrei. Ek is deel van? die bemarkingspan en sal onder?meer praatjies lewer by skole oor my liefde vir Suid-Afrika. Ek sal ook natuurbewaringsorganisasies probeer werf om deel te wees van die mentorskapprogram. “Ek wil ’n verskil onder die jeug maak. Dit is lekker om betrokke te wees by ’n projek wat my so trots laat voel op Suid-Afrika.”
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