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 […]
The National Writers Association of South Africa (NWASA) recognises the importance of literary craft for sustaining livelihood, building legacies and nurturing national cohesion.
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 […]
NWASA Secretary–General Dr. Lebogang Lance Nawa speaks to SABC News on the legacy of founding NWASA President Nana Walter Kefuoe Chakela.
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.
NWASA is committed to the following principles and values to which its members are required to subscribe: democratic decision-making and participation in the affairs of NWASA; access, accountability, transparency, and ethical conduct; compassion, fairness, and honesty; commitment to the following rights and freedoms enshrined in the BU and UDHR, namely: freedom of thought, freedom of […]
The National Writers Association of South Africa (NWASA) is a registered Non-Profit Company (NPC), in the category of voluntary organisations. Therefore, our source of funding remains government grants, as well as donors and NWASA members. Against this backdrop, NWASA humbly request its members, supporters and interested institutions to make financial contributions to the organisation through […]
The honour of National Poet Laureate, bestowed on Prof. Serote on 6 November 2018 during the South African Literary Awards (SALA) ceremony at the University of South Africa (UNISA), is an accolade singularly distinguishing a poet for the body of excellent work, consistently produced over a period of time.
Registered members qualify to gain the following benefits as they become available: directly and/or exclusively receive correspondence and information from its structures; get opportunities for production, publishing, and promotion of their writing; provide or receive mentoring or workshop-based guidance and support related to improvement of writing skills; receive assistance in the protection of intellectual property […]