The National Writers Association of South Africa (NWASA) recognises the importance of literary craft for sustaining livelihood, building legacies and nurturing national cohesion.
This is the most heart-wrenching tribute that we have to pay to our towering co-founder, Maishe Maponya, who was born on 4 September 1951 in Alexandra, raised and educated in Diepkloof, and passed away on 29 July 2021. Indeed, the news of his passing on have cast us into a trance for a few days […]
It was in the second half of the sixteenth century that Francis Bacon declared that “knowledge is power”. Bacon’s words reflect the age-old human quest for information through the means of engaging with books and other forms. On last Friday 23 April, the world marked World Book Day, a recognition of the human endeavour for […]
“It’s exhilarating to see NWASA’s expansion across the continent. The arts play a pivotal role in nation building and in the preservation of knowledge. We thank our Namibian members for working with NWASA towards this mission.” – Member Kabelo Duncan Kgatea, Head of NWASA’s Organisational Building and Development Portfolio.
The National Writers Association of South Africa (NWASA) convened a virtual Inaugural General Assembly on 20-21 March 2021, with the Office Bearers coordinating proceedings from Rovzi Estate, Heidelberg, Gauteng. Other members participated online from all parts of the world including Ghana, Nigeria, London, Canada, and Syria. Members were inducted by the Secretary General of the […]
President’s Speech: Inaugural NWASA Conference 20th – 21st March 2021 Thank you to all members who are attending the Inaugural Conference. This conference has been preceded by a long wait, a large part of it induced by realities brought about by the Covid-19 virus. In this time, the organisation’s Interim Steering Committee has held the […]
The NWASA Inaugural General Assembly, 2021 Virtual Elective Conference is now available for viewing on our YouTube channel.
NWASA Secretary–General Dr. Lebogang Lance Nawa speaks to SABC News on the legacy of founding NWASA President Nana Walter Kefuoe Chakela.
Find a list of published works by our members.
The National Writers Association of South Africa (NWASA) notes with deep concern the repressionmeted out to Tsitsi Dangarembga, including imprisonment, unjust prosecution and continuingrepression. We condemn this, even as we condemn the attempt to stifle the voices of writers such asHopewell Chin’ono, activists such as Jacob Ngarivhume and dozens of other ordinary Zimbabweans whoare exercising […]
History was made in South Africa on 20-21 March 2021 when the National Writers’ Association of South Africa (NWASA) was inaugurated. The conference coincided with the Human Rights commemoration month whereby writers in South Africa stamped a historic moment in the literary calendar of the continent and the diaspora.
The National Writers Association of South Africa (NWASA) welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Arts, Culture and Sports Mr. Nathi Mthethwa on 23 March 2021, of the suspension of the National Arts Council (NAC) officials implicated in the mismanagement of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP) funds intended to provide relief to cultural workers as their livelihood was adversely impacted upon by the anti-COVID-19 economic lockdowns.
The National Writers Association of South Africa (NWASA) note with concern and sadness recent media reports about the vandalising of Sol Plaatje’s grave at West End Cemetery, in Kimberly.
The National Writers Association of South Africa (NWASA) is deeply concerned that, at a time when all around the world, millions have taken to the streets in the fight against racism, the 2020 Media24 literary awards reveal a distressing lack of diversity – in a country in which the majority of people are black.
The National Steering Committee (NSC) of the National Writers Association of South Africa (NWASA) held their debut lekgotla over the weekend after they were elected during the inaugural conference held virtually on 20-21 March 2021 – when the country was celebrating the Human Rights Day.
Closing date: 30 April 2021. The National Writers Association of South Africa is calling for writers to submit their poetry, short stories, novel excerpts, chapters of plays, reviews, articles and commentary on the state of our nation’s creative economy.
Walter Kefuoe Fikelephi Chakela was a revered playwright, poet, and founding President of NWASA. A mighty Baobab tree has fallen and we are sadder at his passing. But we are far wiser having learnt from his brilliance and wisdom.
On the 2nd July 2019, a NWASA delegation, led by President Nana Walter Kefuoe Chakela and Secretary General Lebogang Lance Nawa, visited President Kgalema Motlanthe at his official residence to speak about the organisation and the oncoming launch. With this intergenerational mix of the delegation, the Interim Steering Committee (ISC) proved beyond any doubt […]