FUNDA MZANTSI CHAMPIONSHIP TURNS 13 AND FOSTERS MORE LOVE FOR READING
Funda Mzantsi Championship is turning 14 years and it is all going down from October 2024
in George, Western Cape. This is a collaboration between the Department of Correctional
Services (DCS), National Library of South Africa (NLSA) and George Local Municipality.
This is a prestigious championship that celebrates literacy and fosters a love for reading. For
the past 12 years, Funda Mzantsi has been an exciting and educational experience for readers
and spectators alike. A total of 299 inmates representing all nine provinces will once again faceoff with Book Clubs from Universities, public schools and then community. Participants are
assessed in four categories – impromptu reading, debating, spelling bee and book reviewing.
Imizila Yegazi, Indodana yoNongo, Umandisa, Small Things, Om op eiers te dans, Tshedza tsho
tovhowa and Ngaka Mosadi mooka are some of the books prescribed for this year’s
Championship. What makes Funda Mzantsi Championship unique is its feature of a direct
interplay between book clubs from diverse backgrounds.
This initiative is aimed at enhancing the culture of reading and eradicating illiteracy in South
Africa. The involvement of the NLSA ensures that there is harmonisation and proper
coordination with other programmes sharing a similar objective. The programme further equips
inmates with the best possible opportunity for a second chance in life, the ability to make better
choices and be more discerning citizens.
It is through reading that we acquire knowledge, learn about different cultures, explore scientific
discoveries, and understand the wisdom of the ages. Whether it is reading textbooks for
academic excellence or diving into literature to cultivate empathy and creativity, reading is the
bridge to a brighter future.
The opening session is scheduled as follows:-
Media Confirmations, Mocheta Monama on 083 555 2188.
Ticket Price: FREE
Venue: Eden Church, George